Windows XP USB Harddrive is not detected..

Posted on 2004-11-23
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have an ASUS motherboard, with an external USB 120gb drive connected.  It worked fine for about two months than it show's  Unknown device in the Device Manager, Universal Serial Bus Controllers area.. It also has no errors.

I plug it into other usb areas on the machine and the same thing happens.

I plug it into another machine and it works fine.

seems like something in XP is currupt..

any ideas??
Question by:JamieNorth
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    You probably got a forced update from XP that shorted out your USB drivers.  You could try a repair with the original CD, but that would probably REPAIR too much.  I would recommend trying just to extract the USB drivers from the original CD and replace the old ones.  I seem to remember there was a USB-Driver issue after SP2.

    Alternatively, you could just shut down the RESTORE function temporarily, reboot, and then load (again) the drivers from the original MOBO CD.  This usually helps!
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    Assisted Solution

    in device manager, you can delete All entries, and reboot. This will force a reinstall.
    Disconnect the drive before doing this, and reconnect it afterwards
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    Expert Comment

    Above should read : delete ALL USB entries
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    I think it was either a driver or hardware issue!  Since it "worked before" I'm still betting on drivers.  Nobus and I basically had the same idea.

    Recommend a split between Nobus and myself.

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