How to Fix Computer not Recognizing USB Flash Drive issue

It is not common for you that you have problem while inserting USB Flash Drive in your PC, and your PC is not recognizing it. The problem may vary on various levels, which completely depends upon the usage of your PC and its performance.

One of the most significant causes of this problem is mishandling and careless frequent operations in your system. But before we proceed on to the solutions for the respective problem, you must have a related idea about the USB Flash Drive.

Interestingly USB Flash Drive is commonly called as Pen Drive, Thumb Drive, Pen Stick, USB Memory, or Jump Drive as well. The USB Flash Drive generally comprises four basic components: Crystal oscillator, Cover, NAND Flash Memory Chip(s), Standard-A USB Plug, USB Mass Storage Controller which usually consists of a micro controller with few on-chip ROM & ROM.


Mostly the problem concerning the default mentioned above of not recognizing the USB Flash Drive revolves around the microcontroller. Certain glitches in the strings of bits in registers and counters of the drive create the malfunctioning of the USB Flash Drive.

Methods to fix the USB Flash Drive recognition problem

Method 1: Change of USB Port


The computers ports that are allocated to the users can also turn out to be a source of doubt, if the drive is not being recognized. If you are habituated to plug your flash drive to a specific USB port, better try to plug it in another port, in fact all the ports given should be tried once before the system starts recognizing the driver.

The problem can be hardware oriented thus blocking the USB Flash Drive from being recognized in your PC. If you have connected your drive into a USB hub, you should instead try to connect it with your computer. Many USB hubs do not provide enough power to for external USB drives.

Method 2: Using Device Manager

If you see your USB Flash Drive working on other computers, and not on your computer, the test suggests that your Window might have got a problem with the Drivers. For such a problem, you need to sneak-in to Device Manger.

Step1. Go to the “start” menu button, and click on it to choose “Accessories”.

Step2. Select “run” from the list. You can also go to the “run” option by pressing “Windows+R” short key together.

Step3. Once you have launched the “run’ instruction, a small panel would pop up at the bottom left corner of the screen.

Step4: In the Panel, type “devmgmt.msc” in the search box and the device manager operating box will be opened.

Step5. Navigate under the Disk Drives and search for a yellow exclamation mark next to them. If you happen to see one such yellow exclamation mark, certainly there is a problem with your driver.

Step6. Right click on the yellow marked device, and select “Properties” to look at the error message. The error message can really help you fix the problem.

Step7. Once you know the problem, you can run the System Restore the. Or you can uninstall the device from the device manager, and Windows will reinstall and try to configure it correctly when you insert it again.

Step8. If it is reinstalled and configured correctly, the drive will be shown apparently.

Method 3: Using Root Hub in Device Manager

Device manager is a powerful tool to configure and manage various settings to device disks, thus another thing that you can try out with Device manager, which is directed below in steps.

Step1. Go to the “start” menu, and choose “Accessories”.

Step2. Click on “run” enlisted in the list and press “Enter”.

Step3. You can also press directly “Windows+R” to open the “run” instruction.

Step4. A small panel would open at the bottom left corner, type “devmgmt.msc” and hit “Enter”.

Step5. The Device Manager operating box would open up instantly.

Step6. Scroll down to the “Universal Serial Bus Controllers” and click on it.


Step7. Right click on “USB Root Hub” and then click on “Properties”.

Step8. Select “Power Management” and uncheck the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” box. If you have more than one USB Root Hub enlisted, then you have to repeat the same process with each one of them.


Step9. Click “Ok” and restart your computer. Insert the flash drive and check if it is recognized.


If nothing has worked out from the aforementioned methods, you can download “Windows USB Troubleshooter. The troubleshooter will either fix the problems itself or would allow you to choose the fixes. If the methods have worked out correctly, the troubleshooting would not be required. The methods above have been demonstrated in such ways that even a novice in computers can understand it easily. If you are satisfied with the information, please visit our website.

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