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I use sometimes some Linux distros, e.g. Ubuntu, and I like the feature they have to add a desktop shortcut to every removable device that is plugged in on desktop - for example, when a DVD is inserted, a new icon for that appears on desktop, and with that I can access, eject etc.

I would like to have the same feature for Windows - specifically for Windows XP Professional SP3, but it is interesting to know the solution for other Windows versions...

Any help?

PS1: I would like to have "dynamic shortcuts", i.e, shortcutes that appears on desktop when the removable device is inserted and that disappears when it is removed.

PS2: I'm talking about CD/DVD media and massive storage devices mainly.

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marked as duplicate by nixda, DavidPostill, kokbira, Nifle, Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 29 '14 at 16:42

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After I saw it, I agree... – kokbira Dec 29 '14 at 10:52
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In Windows 7 (and I assume this works in XP) you can place a shortcut on your desktop to the CDROM drive; the downside is that this icon doesn't update when you insert a drive (but it does allow direct access to the drive).

You could also consider the DeskDrive tool - I haven't tried it, but it looks like it will do what you want. It's also more dynamic than the native shortcut method.

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guy, i wanna to do that dynamic way to show it only when it is there, not a static shortcut, got it? i'll test the suggested software... – kokbira Apr 24 '12 at 15:18
that DeskDrive tool is so cool!!!! – kokbira Jul 27 '12 at 18:37
But a little buggy, so I abandoned it :/ – kokbira Dec 29 '14 at 10:53

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