How to Fix USB device or drive not showing up in My Computer nor Windows Explorer

by admin on March 15, 2007

On some computers the USB device: Ipod, Jumpdrive, flash drive, mp3 player, external harddrive, external dvd, external cd or mass storage device does not show up in my computer nor windows explorer. In my previous entry, I gave a possible usb drive not showing up workaround. In this entry, I will give you a possible solution that worked for me. I now have the USB devices displayed in My Computer and Windows Explorer again. INTERESTING NOTE: This USB problem seems to show up the most on Windows XP Professional. Here is what you want to do to fix the USB problem :

  1. go to c:windowssystem32drivers
  2. find one or all of these files: secdrv.sys, sptd.sys and sptdXXXX.sys (XXX is a number)
  3. rename or delete these files
  4. reboot your machine
  5. re-insert your USB device

This should get your USB going again in My Computer. Olan Butler Kansas City Computer Repair


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admin October 9, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I had spent countless hours trying to fix a USB hard drive device problem with my computer with no success. I was trying everything I came across and becoming increasingly frustrated with none of it working. I then came across this and decided to give it a try (even though since it seemed so basic I figured it wouldn’t work), and to my amazement it actually worked! I just wanted to thank you for posting that way back when because it finally solved my problem.


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