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Windows 7 shows usb drive in My Computer when the usb drive is totally unplugged.

Hi,
I am having a problem with my Windows 7 64 PC not recognizing that a usb drive has been disconencted. After a reboot I can plug in a drive and it will detect it as normal, but when I unplug the drive it remains listed in my computer. After disconnecting the usb drive, any other drive I connect will not show up on My computer util reboot. Any ideas?

Thanks:
Jon
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
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Guru JiCommented:
This is most likely caused by a corrupted INFCACHE.1 file. This file stores the location of drivers and their INF files. This file is hidden, has restricted access, and can be found in “%systemroot%\System32\DriverStore ”.

Delete the INFCACHE.1 file and it will force Windows to rebuild the INFCACHE.1 file the next time Windows searches for drivers.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Do you use the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon on the taskbar before unplugging your USB device?  Here's an article about that from the How-To Geek:

http://www.howtogeek.com/118546/htg-explains-do-you-really-need-to-safely-remove-usb-sticks/
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anakin_7279Author Commented:
I did exactly as you said and after a reboot all seems to be back to normal now.


THANKS BUNCHES!!!!
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