Windows 10: USB storage not showing up in file explorer (and is suddenly without letter)

Discus and support USB storage not showing up in file explorer (and is suddenly without letter) in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; Hey After a lot of searching on google and a lot of troubleshooting i still cant figure out my USB problems. It is regarding a Datatraveler 3.0 USB... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/Snikekatt, Apr 19, 2020.

  1. USB storage not showing up in file explorer (and is suddenly without letter)


    Hey
    After a lot of searching on google and a lot of troubleshooting i still cant figure out my USB problems.

    It is regarding a Datatraveler 3.0 USB stick, it shows up in device manager. It shows up in in disk management too, but without name and letter. If i try to give it a letter i only get error, even after restarting. Funny enough it works just fine on my laptop.

    I've tried:
    -Restarting
    - Using every available USB plug the motherboard has to offer.
    -Uninstalling the driver for it.
    -Updating the driver for it.

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    :)
     
    /u/Snikekatt, Apr 19, 2020
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  2. Lazzer408 Win User

    help. USB drive isn't assigned a drive letter.

    Any usb flash drive I plug into my computer isn't assigned a drive letter. The physical drive shows in the "safely remove hardware" but it doesnt show up in disk management. I have tried to populate the volume thru the safely remove hardware properties window and it does pop up in the list but it doesn't stay there. This isn't a format or assign a letter problem. It's more complicated then that. Maybe one of the services needed for usb drive management was disabled? Suggestions needed. btw external usb harddrives work fine.
     
    Lazzer408, Apr 19, 2020
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  3. Gino Des Win User
    My USB Backup drive does not show in My Computer window.

    Hi Meran,

    A few possible reason can cause your external drive to not show in File Explorer. To diagnose and fix this issue, we suggest that you check the Disk Management window. To open it, follow the steps below:

    • Right-click on the Start button.
    • Select Disk Management.
    • Alternatively, you can search diskmgmt.msc in Cortana.

    Examine the list of drives in the Disk Management window and look for your external drive. Even if it doesn’t show up in File Explorer, it should appear here. If the drive appears, it may not be appearing in File Explorer because it needs to be assigned
    a drive letter. To do this, right-click the partition on the drive in Disk Management and select
    Change Drive Letter and Paths.

    If you don’t see the drive in the Disk Management window at all, we suggest that you try connecting the drive to a different USB port or use a different USB cable. We also recommend that you avoid using USB hubs, and connect the drive directly to your computer.

    If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to post a reply.
     
    Gino Des, Apr 19, 2020
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  4. jds63 Win User

    USB storage not showing up in file explorer (and is suddenly without letter)

    Empty USB ports showing in file explorer


    O.k. one question i never knew was did you have a front Card Reader on this PC or you just have USB ports on this PC ? If possible update your system specs as much as possible as it show Win 7 here to. Disk management can change letters which will change the order, but since not sure what USB ports or if any card reader ports i would not suggest yet changing it. Can you take screen shots of file explorer and Disk management and post them here.
     
    jds63, Apr 19, 2020
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