How to Fix USB Drive Not Recognized Error in Windows 10?

Updated on April 17, 2020


Is your Windows 10 not recognizing a USB device? Don't worry! Go through this guide to learn how to fix USB device not recognized error in Windows 10. And if you want to recover data from USB device that is not recognized, Remo Recover is an ideal choice. Download the software for free to recover files from unrecognized USB device.

USB Not Recognized Windows 10

"USB Device Not Recognized" - One of the USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it. For assistance in solving this problem, click this message.

This is the most common error many Windows 10 users are facing when they connect their USB device to their system. There could be many factors that can lead to this issue. Few important ones are losted below:

  • Corrupted USB drive or partition
  • Windows 10 is missing important updates
  • USB Controllers might have become corrupt or unstable
  • Unstable or corrupted USB driver

Any of the above mentioned factors can cause "USB Device Not Recognized" error when you connect your USB device to your Windows 10 system. And so, you cannot even access the data stored in the USB drive. At the earliest you need to fix the issue before it is too late, or else it may further corrupt your USB drive and you may face huge data loss. However, the easiest solution is formatting the USB drive to make it usable again, but that results in huge data loss. So, before fixing the issue, recover dta from unrecognized USB drive with Remo Recover, a professional data recovery software to recover partition data of USB drive.

Manual solution to fix USB device not recognized in Windows 10 error:

To fix USB not recognized in Windows 10 issue, try this manual method step by step guided in the below lines.

  • Open “Computer” and select “System Properties”.
  • In the task bar, choose “Device Manager” and find the name of your device, then right click and select “Update Driver Software” option.
  • Click on “Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software”.

After following the above steps, reconnect your USB device on your computer so as to check whether the USB drive is recognized or not. In case, your computer can read the disk, then it's well and fine. But, even after doing the above task, if your Windows 10 fail to recognize your USB device, then first safeguard your data stored in the USB drive by utilizing Remo Recover tool. And then connect the USb drive to the other computer and format it to make further usage of the device.

Remo Recover - Free Tool to Recover Data from USB Drive that is Not Recognized on Windows 10

Once your computer is able to read the drive, Remo Recover software will help you to retrieve files from formatted USB drive that is not recognizing in Windows 10/8/7 PC or laptop. The software deeply scans your entire USB flash drive to find and extract lost or deleted data. It is a non-destructive utility which won’t damage the drive and the data that is residing on it. The tool enables you to restore data from undetectable, formatted, RAW USB flash drive, hard drive, SD card, and any other storage devices with a few simple steps.


Steps to recover data from USB flash drive not recognized in Windows 10

Click Download button to get the free demo edition of Remo Recover software and install it on your Windows computer. Connect USB flash drive on your PC and follow step-by-step instructions explained below to restore data from USB flash drive:

Step 1: Launch Remo Recover software and click on “Recover Partitions” option to retrieve data when Windows 10 not detecting USB flash drive. Then, select the USB drive from the list of all the available drives in the system, and hit Scan button

Click on Recover Partitions button

Step 2: Upon the completion of scanning the USB drive, the software displays the list of all the partitions that are missing/deleted from the USB drive. Now, choose the partition from which you want to recover your data, and click Scan button to initiate the scanning

Choose Partition to recover files from corrupted USB

Step 3: Once scanning of the selected USB drive partition is completed, the list of all the recoverable files are displayed on the screen. You can view these files in Data View or File Type View

Recovered Files View

Step 4: Before saving the recovered files, preview the recovered files by clicking Preview button to ensure that all the files are recovered

Click to Preview the recovered data list

Step 5: Now, if you are satisfied with the recovery results of the software, purchase the license key of the software to save the files

Click on Save to store the recovered data

Other possible scenarios in which Remo Recover Pro Edition comes handy:

  • Abrupt removal of USB flash drive while transferring data or any kind of interruptions while formatting the drive can make the drive inaccessible
  • If the partition table of the USB drive is corrupted, then the drive becomes unrecognized
  • Damaged file system, improper operation, virus infection or any other uncertainties on USB drive which might result in data loss

Do’s and Don’ts with USB flash drive

  • Regularly scan the USB flash drive with updated antivirus tool
  • Do not connect the USB drive to virus infected system
  • Always eject USB drive using Safe Remove Hardware option