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What To Do When Windows Does Not See The Drive*

You Plug In A Storage Device, And Nothing Happens

A reader e-mailed me a question I believe will be of interest to other readers of this series. He wants to use a thumb drive to transfer files between his computer at his work and his home computer, but the work computer will not “recognize” (aka “see”) the thumb drive when he plugs it in. He wanted advice on how to fix this.

Q: My thumb drive works great at home, but when I took it into work to try and copy some files so I could work at home, I plug it in and the little window never opens so I cannot use it. What am I doing wrong?
A: There are several possible reasons for this, and here’s a few things to try: Read more..

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Bonus reading: Sync Box, Google Docs, Evernote and More With Social Folders

If you use Box (online file storage service) and Google Docs, then you are well aware that there is no easy way to sync your online files (and folders) with your computer; UNTIL NOW! I came across an online service called SocialFolders where you can sync your files at Box, Google Docs and more (such “[…] Read more..

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April 16, 2012 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, Plug and Play, tech, thumb drives, troubleshooting | , , , , , ,


  1. This is weird. The MIL called tonight and all her flash drives, SD cards..aren’t showing on the PC.

    So..if we can’t figure it out..I am just gonna tell her..”If these steps fail to allow Windows to see the USB thumb drive, submit a trouble ticket to your company’s IT department.” Think it will work???


    Comment by delenn13 | April 16, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Well… if the problem computer is a company (aka “at the office”/corporate) machine, then, yes. Might work.

      But if you are her “IT Department”, you might want to think of something else to tell her.


      Comment by techpaul | April 16, 2012 | Reply

      • What? No helpful hints?? :)

        The problem with being her “IT person” is..the crowd of people(kids and grandkids) who use her laptop and just decide to remove/disable whatever from her PC. She calls and we go over and her virus, anti malware etc had been disabled or removed. Her wifi has even been wide open and we know we locked it down. About every 3 months or more we get this call….”My computer is running slow” or…”this won’t work..etc”, Gee I wonder why..


        Comment by delenn13 | April 17, 2012 | Reply

        • delenn13,
          Why aren’t the guest users (especially kids) using the Guest account?

          Okay, two helpful hints:
          1) Wondershare TimeFreeze (or Comodo Time Machine)
          2) Universal Serial Bus Host Controller


          Comment by techpaul | April 17, 2012 | Reply

  2. It’s WinPatrol..What are you waiting for? GET IT!

    Two Day Only 99 Cent Experimental Sale!

    This is a lifetime license.

    Sorry i just got wind of this this morning..”As in the past, this will be a limited time only “experiment” starting at Noon EST on Monday, April 16th 2012 and will end Noon EST on Wednesday April 18th, 2012.”

    Gotta go..


    Comment by delenn13 | April 17, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I missed it too. I will be mentioning this in today’s article. Thank you.


      Comment by techpaul | April 17, 2012 | Reply

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