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Windows 7: USB Stick not recognized; Force re-scan? Show drive in WinExp?

09 May 2011   #1

win7pro 64bit
USB Stick not recognized; Force re-scan? Show drive in WinExp?

When I plugin an USB Stick (with an additional built-in broadband HSDPA modem) then this drive is sometimes NOT visible in Windows Explorer.


How can I force Win7 to re-scan all USB ports and try to show all USB devices/drive letters?


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09 May 2011   #2

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

To force Windows to re-scan hardware changes, right click My Computer, then click Manage. Click on Device Manager, right click on the root entry and select "Scan for Hardware Changes".
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09 May 2011   #3
James Colbert


There is also this utility, which, along with other functions, will allow you to click on the systray icon and rescan, saving several clicks. I haven't used it myself, but was looking into it for esata detection problems (which was solved by replacing the MS standard controller with the motherboard sata controller).

In process of looking for an answer (which included a rescan 'shortcut'), I came across people endorsing this utility for that very purpose:


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