Have for quite some time (always?) been having this problem:
When I plug in some kind of USB connected "mass storage device", like the phone, a memory stick, an USB HDD, an MP3 player - Explorer doesn't list it! In the "Safely remove..." thingy in the system tray, it's listed as N:, I can access N: from DOS and copy/move/delete and everything, but Explorer - No way. Even if I type N: in the address bar it just says "N: doesn't exist". 3rd party file explorers like FileAnt works nice - Just not Explorer! Anyone with an idea as to why? (I'm on XP SP2)
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this can happen when within windows the drive letter which would be default for a mass storage (like N in your case) was already reserved for another device.
I must have been ages ago since I have done this, but go to start, settings, control panel, system. In the hardware section select your USB device (must have it connected) and assign a drive letter to it.....like for example the "Z". It should pop up again in explorer. I hope it works for you.
Thanks - I'll give it a try! Tho I don't think N: was ever used for anything else.
OK, I changed drive letter in the disk manager, and now it actually seems to work! I've plugged in and unplugged it several times and all works.
Glad it is working fine for youThe Dutchman