My route directory does not see the USB drive( E:)

  scubatony55 11:16 29 Nov 09
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My route directory does not see the USB drive ( E: )

Yet if I do the following >

My Computer>Right click>Manage>left click on Disk Management.I can see TWO drives ( C: ) and my ( E: ) drive. (in the boxes)

If I go to the box with my ( E: ) drive and right click in there,I can see the contents of this stick.
Before you ask yes this stick works perfectly on my all laptops.

Now it gets even better,I opened Windows Explorer, adjust the area so I could see what was going on,( so I now have three boxes open )

1, Windows Explorer
2, Computer Management
3, ( E: ) drive,showing the document.

I formatted ( E: ) drive and yes you guessed it ( E: ) drive.popped up in Windows Explorer.

I closed Windows Explorer with ( E: ) drive. showing then did nothing else and re-opened it,yes you guessed it. The ( E: ) drive.had disappeared.

I have even gone back with restore and it is still the same.

I have been on the net looking for answers but nothing.
I currently belong to FOUR other Forums and nobody seems to be able to come up with a solution

I running XP home edition with service pack 2 and all the updates.

I have been into “disk management and reassigned the letter.

All I want to do is go to either My Computer or Windows Explorer and see the letter that relates to my USB stick, eg. E:
It is just until recently this problem arose,prior to this I could in both areas.

I am the only person on this machine and I do not play games.

I have even eliminated the USB hub and plugged my stick / sticks directly into my USB port/ports on the tower.
I know the hub works because I have my sound system running through it and my printer.

These are my technical specs:-

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name OFFICE
System Manufacturer To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model ALiveSATA2-GLAN
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~2198 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~2198 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. P1.40, 17/08/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\Harddisk0\DP(1)0x7e00-0x74701a8200+1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
User Name OFFICE\tony
Time Zone GMT Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 461.09 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.40 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Has anybody had this happen before and if so how did they get rid of the problem.

Any help please

Regards

Tony

  Forum Editor 11:21 29 Nov 09

if you disconnect the sound system and printer from the hub, and just have the memory stick plugged into it?

How many USB ports are there on your machine?

  scubatony55 11:30 29 Nov 09

Thanks for the reply

As seen in my thread

"I have even eliminated the USB hub and plugged my stick / sticks directly into my USB port/ports on the tower.
I know the hub works because I have my sound system running through it and my printer."

I have tried it with out sound and printer,still the same

  Forum Editor 11:33 29 Nov 09

which is why I wanted to know if you had tried the hub with nothing else plugged in.

I know the hub works, and I realise that you have tried plugging directly into a USB port.

Do you have a different memory stick that you can try on the hub?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:35 29 Nov 09

Use Drive clean up to remove USB device drive info from the registry
click here
Then refit the USb equipment and let windows find and install it.

Your equipment should then be recognised.

  scubatony55 11:38 29 Nov 09

Forum Editor

I have 7 or 8 sticks including three new ones

They all work in my laptops

Three of these sticks are new

  scubatony55 11:40 29 Nov 09

Fruit Bat

Whats the theory behind drive clean ?

The reason for me asking is I have uninstalled ALL my usb's in Device Manager and then let windows find them

  scubatony55 14:37 29 Nov 09

Forum Editor

I have 7 or 8 sticks including three new ones

They all work in my laptops

Three of these sticks are new

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:02 29 Nov 09

Uninstalling in device manager does not remove the data in the registry and you can end up with "ghost" devices which can then cause conflicts. Drive clean gets rid of all the ghost devices and allows windows to install USB devices from fresh.

  scubatony55 07:41 30 Nov 09

Fruit Bat

Thanks for the theory

This makes sense.

I am now going to close all open applications,install "Drive Clean" and the next post on here will be my results.

Watch this space.

Thanks
Tony

  scubatony55 08:24 30 Nov 09

Fruit Bat

Right installed the "Drive Clean",with the following results:-

* Removed 41 USB's
* Removed 5 Hub's
* Removed 22 Disk Devices
* Removed 0 Floppry Drives
* Removed 2 CD Rom's
* Removed 23 Storage Volumes
* Removed 56 registry keys

In Disk Management,it shows the following

My C: drive NTFS
My E: drive FAT32

Also in Disk Management, I am able to go into drive E: and see the contents of the stick that is plugged in,properties shows me that the there is several items on the stick.

In Device Manager,I have the following items as of now:-

Under the Universal Serial Bus Controllers

* Generic USB Hub
* USB Coposite Device
* USB Mass Storage Device
* USB Printing Support
* USB Hub
* USB Hub
* USB Hub
* USB Hub
* VIA Rev 5 or Later USB UniversalHost Controller
* VIA Rev 5 or Later USB UniversalHost Controller
* VIA Rev 5 or Later USB UniversalHost Controller
* VIA Rev 5 or Later USB UniversalHost Controller
* VIA USB Enhanced Host Controller

There are no yellow exclamation marks at all.

Oh I forgot to add I re-booted after the "Drive Clean" installation

Now for the bad news.

In my Computer, it is still the same.
In Windows Explorer,it is still the same.

This is even when I am plugging in and removing sticks and I get the sound to say it has been recognised.

Something else I forgot to mention,when I re-booted,the stick was NOT in the drive,I waited untill everybody was happy and then I pluggged the stick in,I got the following messages:-

* Found Mass Storage Device
* Device installed and now ready to use

DO YOU HAVE A BIG HAMMER ?

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