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How to Repair a PC That Cannot Read Removable Storage

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Overview

SP2 fixes removable storage problems.

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Removable computer storage is usually a flash drive, an SD card or an external USB hard drive. These devices plug into the USB port on a PC. If you plug a removable storage device into the port but cannot open it or access it, the problem is that the PC cannot read it. If it is able to read other types of plug-ins, the solution is to install Windows Service Pack 2. This update contains a hotfix for the removable storage reading problem.

Removable computer storage is usually a flash drive, an SD card or an external USB hard drive. These devices plug into the USB port on a PC. You can purchase an external hard drive or flash drive online at Amazon.com or with other online retailers. They last for many years, are portable and back up important data. A cell phone or iPod can be another type of removeable storage. They also use a USB cable to plug into a PC. It is important to back up your data often to prevent losing your documents.

These devices are also called "plug and play" because you only need to plug it in to use it. You shouldn't have to download any third party software. Some external hard drives, however, require the user to download firmware or drivers first in order to use it.

If you want to look at your external hard drive, just plug in the device. Go to "Start" and "My Computer." You should see an icon of your drive. Double-click on it to see the contents inside. You can drag and drop documents to and from the icon. You can delete items by right-clicking on them and selecting "Delete" from the sub-menu. If you want to open a document inside the hard drive, simply double-click on the file name.

If you plug a removable storage device into the port but cannot open it or access it, the problem is that the PC cannot read it. If it is able to read other types of plug-ins, the solution is to install Windows Service Pack 2. This update contains a hotfix for the removable storage reading problem.

Step 1

Go to "Start" and "All Programs."

Step 2

Click "Windows Update."

Step 3

Click "Check for Updates" and wait for Windows to look for updates.

Step 4

Click "Express (Recommended)."

Step 5

Click "Install" on any updates it displays.

Step 6

Restart your computer when it finishes installing the new Service Pack 2.
Skill

* Moderately Easy

Keywords

* fix removable storage
* read external drive
* fix computer usb


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