Why has my Dell desktop stopped detecting USB drives?

Anonymous May 26, 2014
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I have a Dell Inspiron E1505 that has worked flawlessly since I bought it new in 2006. Recently, it quit loading and reading all USB flash drives, External HDD storage drives. If I plug in a USB mouse, USB printer or USB audio interface they all install and operate fine. I have tried all the fixes and nothing makes the flash drives or storage devices work.

Windows XP with SP3 and all updates
2GB RAM
Used and Upgraded 160GB 2.5″ internal HDD
Dell Media Direct 3 will not install from boot. (Error message)

  1. Oron J
    May 26, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I agree with Hovsep. The problem is actually just with the "USB Mass Storage" driver, but the easiest way to fix it is as Hovsep suggests.

  2. Hovsep A
    May 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

    open device manager and un-install universal serial bus controllers, the problem is that also mouse will be installed to schedule windows for reboot like 5min later.

    A computer that is running Windows XP cannot detect a USB flash drive, an Apple iPod, or an external hard disk drive
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925196