Why isn’t My USB showing When Connected to Computer on Windows?

You plug in your USB drive to your computer but realize that it is not being recognized. You try reconnecting the device multiple times but no luck. You were using the USB drive until recently and you know there is nothing with the drive. What could the problem be? Is it something to do with hardware? Or is it a software issue? Is there a way to fix this issue? Read this article to find out. The reasons for the error as well as solutions to resolve the same are covered in this article.

USB not connecting

The main reasons for your computer not recognizing the connected USB drive are described as follows.

  • Issues with USB port
  • Corrupted or out-dated USB drivers
  • Corruption in the USB drive
  • Dead USB drive

Troubleshooting guide to resolve ‘USB drive not recognized’ on Windows 10, 8 and 7

Step 1: Check if the USB drive is visible in Disk Management

  • Click on Windows + R keys to open Run
  • Type ‘diskmgmt.msc’ in the Run dialogue and hit Enter

In the Disk Management window, check if you can see the USB device listed. If yes, please proceed to the next step. If not, then the issue could be probably due to a faulty USB port or the USB drive itself. In that case, try connecting the USB drive to a different USB port and check if it works. If it does, then the issue is very well with the USB port. If it doesn’t, try another USB drive and connect it to the same computer and check if it works. If it works, then the issue is with the USB drive you’re using. In that case, skip to Step 3 of this article.

Step 2: Update or fix driver issues

Drivers are files that provide a medium for USB or other hardware to communicate with the OS of a computer. So, if a driver is out-dated or corrupted, the respective hardware, USB drive, in this case, may not work properly.

You can fix driver issues through the Device Manager by following the steps below.

  • Click on Windows + R keys to open Run
  • Type ‘devmgmt.msc’ and hit Enter to open Device Manager
  • In the Device Manager window, check for your USB drive. See if there is a yellow exclamatory mark beside it. If there is, right click on the USB drive and click Update drivers
  • Then, select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’

If this doesn’t work, you can also select ‘Uninstall’ when you right click on the USB drive. Then reboot your computer to automatically reinstall drivers. If the problem is related to drivers, this Step 2 troubleshooting guide should help you resolve the issue.

Step 3: Format USB drive

Some logical errors may be causing your USB drive to not show up on the computer. In that case, you can reformat the USB drive using the Disk Management tool available readily on your computer. But before you proceed with formatting, make sure you recover data from the USB in question using a data recovery tool called Remo Recover. It is a fantastic tool to recover files from corrupted or damaged USB drives. The main advantage of this tool is that it is capable of recovering files in the same manner as it was originally. It works with all versions of Windows and Mac OS’s, so should not have problems with compatibility. Refer recover files from broken flash drives for details on the data recovery process and to learn more about the product.

Once you have recovered data using Remo Recover, follow the steps below to format the drive.

  • Click on Windows + R keys to open Run
  • Type ‘diskmgmt.msc’ in the Run dialogue and hit Enter
  • In the Disk Management window, right click on the USB drive and select Format
  • Select a label for the drive, choose a drive letter and click Ok

Wait for the format process to complete and once that’s done, your issue should be resolved. We hope that one of these methods help you resolve the USB issue. If it doesn’t help, your USB drive may be damaged and may need replacement.

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