Computer Doesn't See External USB Drives After Disconnect & Reconnect
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If I disable autorun per the above link, the drives still work, but do not open up the 'Choices" box.
But now if I insert a CD, it won't start automatically.
Is there a way to have external hard drives' and USB drives' autorun disabled but still have the CD players' autostart work?
In the Autoplay of the Control PAnel, I have the CD set to play/start with realplayer.but it doesn't.
On start the computer boings/dings/whatever and an autostart window pops up asking what I want to do with the drive. During the day if I need to access the drive, I'd use Windows Explorer where the drive would be listed with it's name and a drive letter.
Three days ago my system stopped identifying the USB drives in either Win Explorer or in Computer.
The system will still ding/beep (whatever that sound is called) when the drive is connected (like a hot swap) but will not show the drive and I can't access it. Went to device manager and it showed up there by name under disk Drives and I could populate the drive (under volume tab of properties).
Interestingly, when I have the devices & printers open, and I unplug the USB cable that is coming from the printer, the printer is then greyed out. So, it is as if the computer knows that's where the printer is, and is aware that it is not currently connected. Once i reconnect the USB cord to the computer, the printer shows up normally (as in, not greyed out). But still not able to print anything.
However, on the Win 7 laptop from time to time I will plug in one of the ext hard drives and it doesn't show up. I know how to find it and get a drive letter assigned but does anyone have any idea why this is happening.
I have two ext hard drives and it has happened to both of them.
Don't know why but recently in Win Explorer and/or in My Computer there are two (2) additional drives listed. In Windows Explorer #1 is listed as CD Drive (L) and #2 is listed as Removable Disk (M).
In My Computer both are listed as "Standard Disk Drives on USB Mass Storage Device" but, when I use the properties tab in Device Manager they are listed as Generic USB CF Reader USB Device.
I don't have any USB device connected except for the Segate Go HDD and the CF Card Readers (G through J) are hard wired into the system since day #1.
How can I get rid of these Ghost Drives ? and what made them suddenly appear ?
For over 3 years I've been transferring large folders (about 4GB) onto one of my four WD MyBook Essential 2TB USB external drives (only one is connected at a time). It usually takes 10 to15 minutes to complete, but since last week it's been taking over an hour.
I tried it on the other MyBook drives and it was the same, so it's not the external drive.
I do not have the slowdown when transferring one of these folders to another internal hard drive.
Since this happened just after a Windows update, I attributed it to a glitch caused by one of the updates. I used system restore to back to before the updates, I keep a periodically updated clone of C: handy in case of disaster, so I plugged that one in, booted on it, and the problems was gone - for one day. Then it was very slow again.
It looks like something is reverting my USB 2.0 system to working like 1.1 or worse.