How to Fix USB 3.0 Not working?

How to fix the USB 3.0 port that stopped working on your PC? You have come to the right article. You will learn the comprehensive solutions to fix this problem.

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Sep 14, 2021 • Filed to: USB Recovery • Proven solutions

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Is your USB 3.0 port not working? Or your front panel USB 3.0 not working all of a sudden? You must be looking for a quick fix to solve this issue. Don't worry! This article will eliminate all of your confusion.

Here, 6 straightforward solutions to the USB 3.0 ports not working issue will be elaborately illustrated in this article. And these solutions are proved to be the most accessible ones to fix your problem. After you fix this problem, you can also see How to Fix Slow USB 3.0 Transfer Speed to speed up your USB 3.0 drive.

Meanwhile, this article has gathered the easiest tips for you to solve this problem without needing much computer expertise. Even if you are a computer beginner, you can still perform these methods well. Just make sure to go through the article and follow the simple steps.

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Part 1: Overview of USB 3.0

If you have encountered the error code 0x800703EE in Windows, and looking for its fix, make sure firstly you understand the meaning of this error code. To help you, in this section, you will learn it in easier terms.

1. What is USB 3.0?

A Universal Serial Bus (USB) port provides an interface to connect electronic devices with your computer system. A USB 3.0 is a version of USB standards that a computer supports for connection.

USB 3.0 design supports faster transmission of data. A USB 3.0 port has a blue interface in the computers. Moreover, USB 3.0 supports up to 5 Gbit/s, which is much faster than its predecessor versions.

a usb 3.0 port in a laptop

2. Difference Between USB 2.0 And 3.0:

USB 2.0 is the predecessor of USB 3.0 and slower than it. The key differences among them are:

difference between usb 2.0 and 3.0

3. Reasons Why USB 3.0 Port Doesn't Work:

It is a commonly occurring problem; however, few reasons for the USB 3.0 port not working are:

Now you know what a USB 3.0 is, how it is different from a USB 2.0, and the reasons that can cause this error in the first place. In the next section, you will get to know how to resolve this issue.

Part 2: How to Fix USB 3.0 Port Not Working Problem?

There are straightforward solutions listed below that can help you fix your USB 3.0 port:


Method 1: Install the Latest BIOS

Sometimes, your motherboard can lead to USB 3.0 port issues. It can be solved by installing the latest BIOS drivers. To work with this solution, first, you need to find your motherboard name through CMD and then download its related BIOS drivers.

Follow the below steps:

Step 01: Open CMD

Find CMD in your computer and open it.

Step 02: Find Motherboard Name

Use command "wmic baseboard get product, manufacturer"

finding motherboard name through cmd

Step 03: Download Latest BIOS Drivers

After finding the manufacturer and motherboard name, download its BIOS drivers through the internet. If you're not familiar with BIOS, see from Methods of Accessing BIOS or CMOS Setup.

Step 04: Copy Downloaded BIOS Drivers

To install the latest BIOS, first copy all the files into a USB drive because you need to boot up your system to install the BIOS drivers.

Step 05: Install BIOS Drivers

Make sure the USB drive with BIOS drivers is connected to the computer. Restart your computer and enter your BIOS settings. After entering the settings, select the update BIOS option.

Following these simple steps, you can easily update your BIOS drivers and check if this fixes your USB 3.0 port issue.

Method 2: Download Drivers from Manufacturer

Outdated drivers can lead to a USB 3.0 port problem. To update your USB drivers, go to your system manufacturer's website. Usually, they provide a download section on the website to download the latest USB drivers easily.

At times, the USB drivers are listed as chipset drivers. If you find chipset drivers, that will do the job as well.

Method 3: Install the Newest Drivers

If the above two methods do not resolve the issue, you can fix USB 3.0 ports by installing the newest drivers. To see, which drivers you need to download, you need to know their names first.

Follow the steps below:

Step 01: Open Device Manager

Find Device Manager on your computer and open it.

Step 02: Expand Universal Series Bus Controllers

Expand the folder Universal Series Bus Controllers.

Step 03: Identify Driver Name of USB 3.0 Port

device manager usb controllers menu

Step 04: Download the Drivers

After you know the driver's name, you can search for them on Google. From there, you can download the drivers for your USB 3.0 port.

Step 05: Install the Drivers

After installing the drivers, check and see if the issue persists or not.

Method 4: Make Sure Internal Cables Are Connected

If the front panel USB 3.0 is not working for you, you need to check the internal cable connection. You need to open your PC case and see the motherboard. Locate the cables that are connecting your USB 3.0 ports with the motherboard and check if they are correctly connected or not.

It will fix your USB 3.0 ports located on the front panel. If you have issues with rear panel USB 3.0 ports, then ignore this method.

Method 5: Use Windows Update

A window update feature is an easy and quick fix to the USB 3.0 ports problem. Just follow the below steps:

Step 01: Open Device Manager

Find Device Manager on your computer and open it.

Step 02: Find Unknown Drivers

Right-click on them and click on Update Driver Software.

device manager menu for solving error code

Step 03: Install Drivers Automatically

Click on the automatic search option, and the Windows update feature will search and install the driver for you.

searching automatically on windows 10

It will take a while, and Windows will find and install the drivers for you.

Method 6: Check If the Power Management Settings Override USB Controller

Windows provides a feature that switches your USB controllers off when they are not in use and turns them back on when needed.

Sometimes, Windows can malfunction and fails to switch them back on automatically. If this is the issue, you can disallow Windows from automatic management of USB ports.

Follow the steps below:

Step 01: Open Device Manager

Step 02: Expand Universal Series Bus Controllers

device manager usb controllers

Step 03: Double-Click "USB Root Hub" from the List

device manager usb controllers' menu root hub

Step 04: Switch to Power Management Tab

power management inside usb root hub

Step 05: Uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power."

It will remove auto-management of Windows from one of your USB root hubs. Repeat the same steps for the rest of the USB Root Hubs in your device manager.

The above solutions require little to no computer expertise to apply and fix your USB 3.0 port not working issue. The broad range of solutions we have provided varies from automatic fixes to manual fixes. We prefer you try the automatic fixes first before jumping into manual solutions.

Extra Tips: How to Recover Data When USB Corrupted?

If you are still with us, this section covers a way to recover your lost data using Wondershare Recoverit Software.

Wondershare Recoverit - The Best USB Drive Data Recovery Software

The Wondershare Recoverit is a 3-step data recovery software. Using this software, you can retrieve data in Windows OS and MAC and external devices such as USB drive. See how excellent its functions are:

deleted data recovery

Recoverit Data Recovery - The Best USB Recovery Software

  • Photos Recovery - If the lost data had photos of any format, e.g., PNG, JPEG, SVG, etc. Wondershare Recoverit supports all formats and can quickly help you recover them.
  • Files Recovery - Wondershare Recoverit helps recover all your lost, formatted, deleted, and corrupted files.
  • Videos Recovery - You can recover any format video from any device, no matter the format. Wondershare can also repair the corrupt fragments of your video.
  • Advanced Recovery - Sometimes, after recovery, you might get the file back but in corrupted format. So Wondershare Advanced Recovery allows to fix the corrupted files and get them back to working condition.

Steps to Recover Data Through Wondershare Recoverit

Step 01 - Launch This Data Recovery Tool

using start menu to launch recoverit

Step 02 - Select a Location

Select the device from which you have lost your data.

select a location in recoverit data recovery

Step 03 - Begin Scanning Your USB Drive

After selecting, click on the Start button. The scan process will start and may take some time.

begin the scanning process

Step 04 - Preview and Recover Files

With the preview, you can select only those files you want to recover. You can now click on the Recover button, and the file recovery will start.

using wondershare recoverit to start recovering

After finishing the scan process, you can see the files you deleted. Below is an example image showing a deleted PDF file preview.

Tips for Preventing Data Loss:

Recoverit data recovery software has made it easy to recover your lost data. But, there are few things you can do to avoid losing data in the future. Make sure:


Winding Up:

If you have read this article completely, your confusion about the USB 3.0 port not working must be cleared.

A USB 3.0 port problem is common and can occur due to various reasons, as you can see from the first part of the article. However, no matter what caused the USB 3.0 port issue, the fix can be achieved by any of the six solutions compiled for you in the second part.

Also, occasionally, we have lost data ourselves while experimenting with different solutions. But Wondershare Recoverit software always got our back. That is why we highly recommend Wondershare Recoverit software!

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