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View Every USB Device That Plugged Into Your PC

One of the most popular and convenient ways to transfer or backup your files and folders, Is to do It locally via a given USB device, such as an external hard disk or USB Stick. If you're sharing your PC with multiple users, this also means that they can do the same, by plugging In their very own device Into your computer. If you want to monitor such activity on your PC, In this tutorial, I will show you how to view every USB device that was plugged Into your system.

Personally, I'm the type of user who likes to know everything that's performed on my PC, and If a USB device was physically plugged In without my knowledge, I'd certainly be Interested In viewing It's details. If you're anything like myself, then this tutorial will serve you well.

An analogy Is when a computer gains access to your wireless network- you'd want to Identify It's Intention, namely whether It's a known device or someone with unauthorized access. The same applies with USB devices. The moment you don't recognize one, It's vital to Investigate It further.

As such, I will demonstrate how to view every USB device that plugged Into your PC (past or present), by using a neat little tool named USBDeview. You can download It from the official website, or via this reputable source. So without further ado, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

Once you've downloaded USBDeview, It does not need to be Installed on your computer. Simply launch the executable file, and It will Immediately display every USB device as per the Image below. You can clearly see their connected status.

Step Two:

A little while back, I plugged In my USB external HDD and as you can see, It has It listed with It's connected status accordingly set to No. Let's test It's accuracy, by plugging In the same device In the next step.

Step Three:

After plugging In my USB external HDD, the tool Immediately detected It and now has It's connected status listed as Yes. This clearly demonstrates, that It Identifies both previous and current USB connections.

Step Four:

Upon using the scroll bar at the bottom, amongst other Info, the serial number and timestamp of when the devices were plugged & unplugged, are at my disposal. I can use this Information to get an Insight of the activity performed on my PC.

Step Five:

To view further details on a particular device, simply double-click It and you'll see an array of Identifiable Information as shown below.

Step Six:

The tool Is not only limited to local PCs, but also has the option to view devices on remote computers. To do this, start off by clicking on the Options tab, and then hitting Advanced Options.

Last Step:

You can now make a choice between the Remote Computer or Multiple Remote Computers option, via the drop-down menu. Hit OK to finalize the process.

Final Thoughts:

There are countless reasons, as to why you'd want to keep track of USB devices connected to your computer. For the purpose of this tutorial, I've simply provided just the one example. The good thing about USBDeview, Is that It's a portable tool, hence you can carry It with you- should you want to check other PCs. And of course, the fact that It's totally free of charge.


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