Why USB Device Not Recognized

The USB device not showing up? On this page we will show you the quick easy wasy to help you fix the error USB not recognized in Windows.

Aug 13,2019 • Filed to: USB Recovery • Proven solutions


Why is my USB not recognized?

How do I fix USB Flash Drive not recognized?

You may confuse about the USB not showing up and got the error of "USB Device Not Recognized" when you connect a USB drive to the Windows computer. Why and how to fix USB drive is not working in Windows? On this you can learn what is the reason caused your USB drive not recognized, and learn how to access to the drive and get your data back with Recoverit USB Data Recovery software.

Why Windows Won't Recognize USB Device

There can be many reasons why Windows did not detect your flash drive. When users face problems with USB drive not showing up, most people believe that their drive is dead. However, this is only the worst-case scenario.

There may be a problem with your computer hardware or with Windows itself which may cause a flash drive not detected error. For instance, if your USB ports are dead, if there are partition issues on your external drive, if you have been using the wrong file system or if there are driver issues in Windows, a USB drive won’t show up.

USB device not recognized

How to Fix USB Flash Drive Not Working in Windows

To computer not recognizing USB error in Windows, you must first determine the cause of the problem. Here are some solutions you can try out:

The most first solution to fixed the error, you can restart your PC computer and reconnect it to the PC. Second, you should plug the USB drive to another computer, if the error still happened again, the drive is broken and need to repair. Last, what if you connect many USB devices to the same computer, you should try to plug out other UBS devices and check, if the drive doesn’t work, you may follow the next solutions to fix windows not recognizing USB.

1. Check your USB Ports

If your USB ports are not functioning properly, Windows won’t detect your USB flash drive. To check your USB ports,

  • Navigate to Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus
  • Click on Uninstall
  • Click on Scan for Hardware Changes

If Windows still doesn’t recognize your device after these steps, your USB ports are faulty.

2. Update your Device Drivers

If your device drivers are outdated, Windows computer won't recognizing USB. To update the drivers manually as follow:

These steps will update your device drivers. If your error was caused due to outdated drivers, it would be fixed.

3. Change Power Management Settings

The power management settings in Windows 10 can also cause a flash drive not showing up the problem. To solve this issue,

This will solve the power management issue that may cause Windows not to recognize a flash drive.

4. Updating Windows System

To update the Windows system on Windows 7 would help the computer to recognize a USB device, follow these steps:

This will fix issues with your USB root hub, and hopefully, Windows will recognize your flash drive.

5. Format your USB Drive

If you’ve tried all the above and nothing works, then your USB drive may be faulty. You’ll need to format USB drive to get it to work again. To format USB drive,

Important: Formatting will erase all data from your USB drive. Make sure to restore and backup your data before you try formatting your USB device. If you can't access your USB drive data and backup data files, you still can restore your data back as following solution:

Recover Data after Fixing a USB Flash Drive Not Working Error

After fixing USB device malfunctioned and not recognized error in Windows, if the above mentioned solution can help you and worked, you can get a USB drive data recovery program to help you access the drive and get your data back.

Recoverit Data Recovery can help you recover data from USB flash drive, even the device got corrupted or damaged, or formatted. The software can access to the drive and recover data back.

Steps on How to Recover Data from not Working USB Drive

Step 1. Launch Recoverit USB Flash Drive Recovery program, select the USB drive which detected on the software to get started.

recover data from not working USB drive

Step 2. The USB recovery software will start scanning the device, it will take for a while to searching the lost data.

scanning the USB device

Step 3. At the end, you can check all recovered data and files. Preview recovered photos, videos, audios, Word, Excel, PPT and PDF files. Select your USB files and click "Recover" button save them to a safe device path.

preview and recover data from USB drive

Video Tutorial on USB Drive Data Recovery

There are many reasons why Windows may fail to recognize a USB device. It can be because of problems with computer hardware, with Windows or with the flash drive itself. Make sure to determine the cause of USB not recognized issue before you format your drive.

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