No Hard Drive or USB Device in Disk Management.

Posted on 2009-04-15
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a problem with an XP pro machine that was brought in to the shop with a Virus problem.

After cleaning I noticed that any USB devises were not showing up in Windows explorer.

I then clicked on MY Computer and saw the Hard drive Icon but no USB Device.

I then went into Disk Management and to my surprise there was no Hard or USB Device.

I have tried several USB devices they are being detected as new hardware. You can click on the USB removal Icon and see it there.

My question: What is going on with Disk Manager not seeing the HARD DRIVE or The USB DEVICE just the CD Rom?

Question by:CHFFriday
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It could be something out of a few possibilities (or possibly more):

1. Plug and Play is disabled in BIOS - need to check BIOS for that.
2. You still have virus in your PC - scan with SuperAntiSpyware in safe mode for a start. You can download it from

Hope it helps.

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Thanks for the responce!
As we speek I may have solved this problem on my own. I re-ran Malwarebytes after I did an data update and it found more problems. Told it to fix these and just for the heck of it I inserted a USB thumb drive and it was found and it showed up along with the Hard drive in disk management.

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warturtle earned 100 total points
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Thats good stuff! So, the problem is resolved now?

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CHFFriday earned 0 total points
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As far as I know. I am running a deep Scan and will test for the next few days.

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Good to see that the problem has been resolved :), always happy to help. In most of the windows xp questions, I always suggest scanning with either MalwareBytes or SuperAntiSpyware to rule out the possiblity of a virus. If that possibility is ruled out, then its easier to concentrate on other things that could be the real reason.

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