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Cannot access any of the USB or DVD drives

ACER Power series desktop
Anything I plug into the USB drive to read has a message say access is denied drive not accessible. DVD drive will not read discs either. But the printer still works and that uses the USB. Not sure what to do.

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Check under Device Manager in your PC properties, you may have "Enhanced USB" disabled.

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