It’s okay, it’s an ordinary problem. And it is quite easy to solve it with the help of our guide.
There are only two reasons for this problem: hardware and software. In the first case, the device itself or the connection interfaces are faulty. In the second case, the operating system reacted incorrectly to the connection. And if nothing can be done about the physical problem (it’s easier to buy a new USB flash drive ), then OS errors can be corrected.
The flash drive is connected via a hub
Any device plugged into the USB port receives the power it needs through the connector itself. If you use USB extenders and USB hubs that are not equipped with a separate power source, then all the electricity received through one interface will be distributed among all connected devices.
Of course, such conditions will lead to incorrect operation of the devices. For everything to work properly, disconnect all flash drives except one. And if the ports built into the motherboard are not enough for you, get a normal USB hub , which will have a power adapter on board.
USB stick is not displayed in explorer
If the flash drive is not displayed in the explorer, this does not mean that the system did not detect the device at all. It often turns out that the OS simply cannot recognize the device. But this can be done forcibly. To do this, follow these steps:
- Press the key combination Win + the R .
- In the field that appears, enter the command diskmgmt.msc .
- In the utility that opens, find your external hard drive (USB flash drive) and right-click on it.
- Then select the “Format” item .
- Follow the instructions below using the default settings.
Usually this is enough for the disk to appear in the explorer. If this does not happen, try in the properties of the disks in the above program to select another item – “Initialization” . You can also try to assign any free letter (from A to Z) to the disk in the same menu where the rest of the manipulations were performed.
Windows 10 automatically installs the appropriate software for any connected device (provided that the database contains the necessary set of drivers). If the required software is missing in the database or a system failure has occurred, the drive will not be displayed. This rarely happens in flash drives, but more often with external drives .
Our tip: try updating your drivers. This can be done not only in Explorer (where your flash drive is most likely not displayed).
Press the key combination Win + the R .
In the field that appears, enter the command devmgmt.msc .
Open the “Disk drives” section.
Right-click on the desired drive and select “Update Driver”.
Confirm the operation by selecting “Search automatically for updated drivers.”
If that doesn’t help, try downloading the drivers from the developer’s official website. Complete removal of the device from the list of connected devices can also help (in the properties of the disk in the aforementioned utility, select the item “Remove device”). Thus, after restarting the computer, the operating system will try to re-identify the device and install the necessary drivers on it.