Check Whether A USB Pen or Hard Disk Drive Was Used On A Windows PC or Any Networked Windows Computer

by Rohit Khurana on February 6, 2012


For security reasons, mainly on a shared PC or an Office or Library networked PC, the main user or Administrator may want to know whether some USB Pen drive or USB Hard disk drive was connected to a particular Windows PC or not. There are ways to check the same using geeky methods to see hardware logs etc. but that’s too complex to figure out the device names, ids etc. in a long text file full of logs. Instead, I will share a very easy to use portable freeware tool called the USB History Viewer which allows not only to view USB history in a very easy to view way on a Windows PC, but also allows to view USB history of any Windows PC connected on the Network or LAN to your Windows PC. You need not install it on any computer, since it’s a Portable tool, you can run it from a Pen drive, a network drive or just from any hard drive location where you have saved it.

Locate Computer On Network

image – USB History Viewer Main screen

Below are three easy steps to view the USB History or the History of USB Pen drives, hard disk drives and other devices attached to your computer in past.

Step 1 : Download and run USB History Viewer from here. Click the “….” or browser button to select the computer to check the USB history.


Step 2: A new Window will open which will show you detected networked computers. Select the computer and click OK.

Select Network Computer

Step 3: After selecting the computer, type in the username, password and domain name if it is a networked windows PC, if it is the local PC itself, leave these fields blank. Click the start button at the bottom right and you will get the USB history in detail with the device name. Click on small triangle symbol in the list to see the hardware name, hardware ID and the time it was used on the Windows PC.

Check USB Drive History

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Devender February 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

HI I have tried it but its not working. all are windows xp sp3 systems in a workgroup.
It seems their must be authentication, I have left the authentication blank.

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