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How to Fix My Computer Freezes When USB Plugged in Windows 11/10/7

Updated by Tracy King on Jan 21, 2022
Written by Brithny
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My Computer Freeze When I Plug in USB Devices

"Almost everytime (it doesn't do it all the time but like 90% of the time) I plug a USB key or my mp3 in my computer, it freezes all of a sudden. I've had this problem for a while and to be honest it's really bothering. 
Can anyone give me some fix to try out if you have any idea of the problem, it would be very appreciated, thank you."

PC freezing after plugging in the USB drive is quite a common issue. In fact, the issue comes into view quite often when the corruption lays in either the USB drive or the USB port driver is corrupted. Before you take actions, you can try the two quick fixes below.

  • try connecting the USB drive to another USB port on your PC. 
  • Check for the same issues by connecting this drive to another computer. 

If nothing works, you may alternatively try implementing the following methods (in Windows 11/10/7) to resolve the problem:

Method 1. Use a Free Tool to Check the partition 

EaseUS Partition Master Free can always help you check the partition with ease.

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Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then, locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Advanced" > "Check File System".

choose Check Partition

Step 2. In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

check the pop-up instructions

Step 3. The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it complets, click "Finish".

finish partition check

Method 2. Uninstall and Reinstall the USB Driver

1. At the start search for Device Manager and double click it

2. In Device Manager, double-click to expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers", right click on the Host Controller, click "Uninstall" and click "OK".

3. Check if at all there is an exclamation mark along the driver, it suggests issues with the driver installed.

4. Repeat the step 2 to uninstall all items under "Universal Serial Bus controllers".

5. Then, restart your computer and Windows 11/10/7 will reinstall all USB controllers automatically.

Tip
You must disconnect all USB devices and then perform the operations above. After the operations above, open Disk Management and check if the USB drive is shown in the list of drives. If the drive is shown in the Disk Management window, try opening it there and move all your files out of the drive, if you get it opened. If it isn't showing up, follow this guide to fix USB flash drive not showing up in Windows 10/8/7.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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