TROUBLESHOOT HERE: How to Fix and Repair a "Not Recognized" USB Flash Drive

Thursday, April 26, 2018

How to Fix and Repair a "Not Recognized" USB Flash Drive

If you have been using USB flash drives, you might be familiar with some of these error messages.

"USB device not recognized."
"The device you connected to this computer malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it."
"One of the devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it. For assistance in solving this problem, click this message."
"Unknown drive, port reset failed."
"Unknown device, descriptor request failed, error code 43."
"Drive did not load successfully."

In Brief, How to Repair Malfunctioned, Unrecognized USB Flash Drive That is not Detected

Insert the stick on another port to see if it can work.
Use the storage gadget on a computer with the right bit.
Use the stick on a device which encrypted it.
Use another cable or interface to see if it can work.
Fix corrupt partitions.
Enter a missing drive letter.

If you are just starting to use memory sticks, expect to see these messages popping up in the right bottom corner of your computer screen. The flash drives get malfunctions with time and use, and can stop working completely. The messages usually indicate that your internal storage device or computer has some issues that need to be solved.

In addition to the above mentioned errors, there are other less serious errors of flash sticks that should not make you panic, such as:

"This USB device can perform faster if you connect it to a high-speed USB 2. 0 port. For a list of available ports, click here" (common in Windows 7).
"Generic volume cannot be stopped right now."
"The disk is write protected, remove write protection or use another disk."
"Pen drive is detected, but not showing in My Computer."
"Please insert disk into drive."
"Please insert a disk into drive windows."
"Can’t format the drive, quit any disk utilities or other programs that are using this drive, and then try formatting again."
Some Flash Drive Error Messages That Should Put You in a Panic Mode Include:

"Please insert disk into removable disk."
"Format Disk" and of course."
"USB Device Not Recognized or Malfunctioned."
You may have to forget about your data storage gadget if you see some of these error messages on your screen, or if your USB flash drive is not showing up or not detected. Your drive could be dead, and the best thing to do is to recover data or files contained in it.

In this article, I will show you how to fix an unrecognized USB flash drive (i.e., one that is not recognized in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows7, Windows XP and other systems). I will also teach you how to repair a broken USB stick. In addition, I will teach you how to recover data from dead, damaged or corrupted pen drive without formatting. But first,

[Explained] How to Fix a Malfunctioned USB Flash Drive that is not Recognized or Detected

There are several ways to fix your pen drive based on the problem it has. Some of the problems are minor, but may give you a hell of a headache. Save yourself from unnecessary stress by learning numerous ways of repairing your small data storage equipment.

The problem with your flash stick could be due to damaged port or slot. You can insert the pen drive in another port to see if it can work. In fact, this is what you should always try first when your storage stick has issues. You can then perform a USB port repair if you find this is the problem.

To fix the port problem, follow this procedure: Start > Control panel > Hardware and Sound > Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus > Uninstall > Enter > Scan for hardware changes (click on the blue icon to reinstall).

Your mass storage gadget could also be unrecognized because of using it in a computer with a different bit. If your drive was written by a 32 bit computer, it may not work on a 64 bit computer and vice versa. So know your computer bit in order to use the right stick.

The disk could also have been encrypted on another computer machine. An encrypted drive is protected by a pass

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