Ejecting and Remounting USB Drives in Windows (without physical reconnection)

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To manage USB drives in Windows, including ejecting and remounting them, there are several methods you can use.

Ejecting USB Drives

To safely remove a USB drive in Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Safely Remove Hardware Icon
    • Locate the icon on the taskbar. If it’s not visible, select “Show hidden icons”.
    • Right-click on the icon and choose the hardware you want to remove.
    • If the icon isn’t there, right-click on the taskbar and select “Taskbar settings”.
    • Under “Taskbar corner overflow”, find “Windows Explorer: Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” and enable it.
  2. Remove from Windows Settings
    • Go to “Start” > “Settings” > “Bluetooth & devices” > “Devices”.
    • Select “More” next to the device, then choose “Remove device”.
    • Ensure the device has stopped all activities like copying or syncing files before removal.

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Remounting USB Drives

To remount a USB drive without physical reconnection:

  1. Access Device Manager
    • Right-click on the Start Button and select “Device Manager”.
  2. Locate the USB Mass Storage Device
    • Find “USB Mass Storage Device” with a yellow exclamation mark.
  3. Disable and Enable the Device
    • Right-click on the device and select “Disable”.
    • After disabling, right-click again and choose “Enable”.
    • The device should now be remounted and visible in your computer’s directory.

Note: Always ensure that the device is not actively being used for file operations before disabling it. Keeping drivers updated can also help avoid hardware recognition issues.

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