Can I have external USB drives automatically appear on the Windows desktop?

Tyler November 6, 2012

I work often with the Macs in my school’s Mac lab, and I like how when I plug in a USB device, an icon linking to it automatically appears on the desktop. Is there a way I can have Windows do this? Like an app or program?

Thanks in advance!

  1. Shahbaz Amin
    December 6, 2012 at 4:40 am

    This Desk Drive sounds useful, might try it!!

  2. Aditya Roy
    November 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    thanxx Douglas Mutay, i wouldn't have given it a shot otherwise. :)

  3. Aditya Roy
    November 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Same question popped in my head after watching this week's episode of Dexter. :)

  4. Jim Chambers
    November 7, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Its easier to do this on a Mac because most USB devices you plug in are made by or for Apple.

  5. josemon maliakal
    November 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Desk Drive is really cool

  6. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Making your own batch file? Or try editing autorun.inf in your USB Drive. By the way, that's a cool school you attend.
    DeskDrive and Desktop Media below are pretty nice, hassle-free.
    Or if you use Rainmeter, I'm sure there's a plugin for that.

    • Douglas Mutay
      November 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Yes Lisa, Rainmeter does have a plugin with a skin that start hidden and fade in when a usb drive is plugged in. I think it's also a good option to consider. Thanks.

  7. Boni Oloff
    November 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Hmm.. Thats one cool thing about mac. But i thing you can make an icon in the Windows Desktop too, but not automaticly i think.

  8. ha14
    November 6, 2012 at 9:06 am
  9. Douglas Mutay
    November 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Yes, there is one handy app called Desk Drive that can do the job. Once you in a USB device into your computer this smart app will automatically add a desktop icon pointing to the drive. And when you remove the media, the shortcut disappear. You'll love it. Get it at this link

    • Harish Jonnalagadda
      November 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks for suggesting Desk Drive! Was not aware of it before.

      • Douglas Mutay
        November 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

        You're most welcome! :-)

        • Aditya Roy
          November 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm

          no support for windows 7 :(

        • Douglas Mutay
          November 7, 2012 at 12:07 pm

          I use Desk Drive on my Windows 7 Professional 32bits and tried it also on Ultimate 64bits with succes. :)Y

    • Tyler Da Silva
      November 18, 2012 at 5:51 am

      I ended up choosing Desk Drive, and it was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a lot!

    • Rubis Song
      February 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Thank you for this link. I have tried it and it worked perfectly!

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