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Each time we connect a USB stick to an external hard drive on our Windows computer, it is mounted and we can access and perform file operations on it. If we finish our disconnection work instead of directly physically removing it, it is recommended to safely remove the hardware option or eject the drive . This ensures that all incomplete file operations are completed and that data corruption is avoided. Only when it is safe to disconnect the USB should we physically remove the USB.
But what if we feel the need to use the media again? We need to physically connect it. What if we used the Eject Media option to disassemble the media, but not physically separate, and now you want to reuse the media?
Normally, you should physically remove the USB stick and insert it again after a few seconds. This is fine if you are on a laptop, but it can get boring if you are on a desktop and your CPU is kept in a strange place or maybe under your table. In such cases, shooting and repelling physically can become a tedious task.
Unfortunately, Windows does not offer the possibility to simply insert the USB stick or ejected media. However, if you feel the need to reinstall the ejected USB stick without physically reconnecting it, follow these steps.
Reinstall the ejected USB drive
Under Windows 8, right-click the Start button to open the WinX menu. Select Device Manager. Scroll to the USB Mass Storage Device entry with the yellow exclamation mark. Right-click and choose Properties.
On the General tab, you can see the status of the device, which is displayed as :
Windows cannot use this hardware device because it is prepared for secure removal but has not been removed from the computer. (code 47) To solve this problem, disconnect the camera from your computer and reconnect it.
Now right-click this USB mass storage device and select Disable.
This confirmation field is displayed. Click Yes.
Right-click the USB Mass Storage Device entry. This time, the Enable option is offered. Click on it.
The following dialog box appears. Do not restart your computer. Select option No.
That’s all you have to do! Deactivate and activate the device! Check your My PC Folder and you will see that this USB is mounted and offered again.
It worked for me, and I’m sure it should work for you too.
This option is much better than physically disconnecting and then reconnecting the device, but I would have been happy if Microsoft had offered me an easy way to reinstall the ejected USB drive or media with the media eject option.
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