Protecting Your USB – 8 : Remount Ejected Device Without Unplug and Reinsert
Scenario : After you have stopped the device, but still have not unplugged it and then you remember that you forgot to write a file to the external drive. In order to do it, you have to physically reconnect the device, however it’s quite inconvenient if the USB Port is on the rear panel of your PC.
Solution : This can be an issue and if you want to remove this by means of an external software, then i will highly recommend “USB Safely Remove” but if you do not want to rely on external software then here is what you need to do to remount the device back.
1. Right click My Computer and select Properties (or simultaneously press Win+Pause/Break key). In System Properties window, go to the Hardware tab and then click the Device Manager button. In Windows 7, you can click the Device Manager link on the left hand sidebar. You can also type “devmgmt.msc” in run window.
2. Expand Universal Serial Bus Controllers.
3. You will find a device that has a yellow color exclamation mark. Right click on the USB Device and select Disable. Again right click on the same USB Device that you’ve just disabled and this time select Enable.
Agreed that this method might feel cumbersome if the USB port is easily accessible cos unplugging and reinserting it wil be way faster but this can save you from bending your back and trying to reach the back of the case if its on the inaccessible rear panel.