FTDI provides usbview.exe, which allows viewing connected USB devices on Windows in a tree view. This allows viewing which ports devices are plugged in to.
An important use case for me is that I have computers in very remote locations, and I need to verify that field staff have plugged hard drives into USB 3 ports, or I can’t do my experiment. USB View shows me the name of chipsets and devices, even their serial numbers.
USB View does not require install–just extract the ZIP file to your desktop and double-click
Linux USB View is available on Github](https://github.com/gregkh/usbview/).
INSTALL file directions.