How to know if USB stick was inserted into PC with Windows ?

How can I check in Windows if USB stick was inserted into PC ?
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14 Oct 2023 at 01:31 PM

To check if USB flash drive has been inserted into the PC with Windows, you can use a multiple methods. The 2 methods below are available on default. To get more advanced information about USB storage usage, you have to install some third-party software.

1. Check USB storage usage in Windows Registry - it provides more details (USB stick name, device ID etc.):

  • Search in Windows for Registry editor
  • Open the application and go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USBSTOR

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If you click on the USB flash drive name, you can see more details.

2. Check the using of USB storage via Windows PowerShell command

  • Press Windows key (the key with Windows logo) + X
  • Click on Windows PowerShell
  • Type Get-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USBSTOR\*\* | Select FriendlyName

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06 Nov 2023 at 11:16 AM
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