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Fix USB Device Not Recognized in Windows 10

Updated on Dec 19, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Manager

This article provides 3 methods to help you fix ‘USB device not recognized’ error in Windows 10/8/7 PCs. If your computer warns you with ‘USB device not recognized’ error message while connecting it to your PC or trying to open the drive, don’t worry and just follow to fix USB recognize error and make it detectable right now.

USB device not recognized in Windows 10, help!

Case 1. USB device not recognized while connecting to Windows 10

"Help! Does any one know what to do with the USB drive not recognized error while connecting to Windows PC?
This morning, I tried to connect my USB drive to Windows 10 PC to transfer a saved document from the USB drive to PC. But the problem is that when I connect it to PC, Windows 10 would
pops up a warning message, telling me that the USB device not recognized. What can I do to fix this issue?"

Case 2. USB drive won't open with 'USB device not recognized' error

"My USB drive cannot be opened in Windows PC. My USB drive was working fine yesterday. But this morning when tried to open it on my computer, it just wouldn't open with a popped up window, warning me that USB device not recognized. 
How to make the USB drive work again?

Improper connection, bad sectors, outdated drivers on USB drive or other reasons may all cause USB drive undetectable or unrecognized by Windows PC. So how to fix the USB device not recognized error and make your drive work again in Windows 10/8/7? Relax! Just follow below-offered methods and solutions to solve this issue now.

Quick fix 'USB device not recognized' error

When your USB drive shows as 'not recognized' in your Windows PC, don't worry. You may try the below quick fixes here to make USB drive detectable again:

1. Restart Windows PC or reboot computer to see whether USB can be read or not;
2. Change USB port, connect USB drive to another USB port to see whether it works or not;
3. Connect USB drive to another healthy computer or laptop.

If all these 3 quick fixes cannot solve your problem, don't worry. Here below 3 offered methods will solve 'USB device not recognized' error for you.

Method 1. Fix USB Root Hub to make USB recognizable 

1. Open Device Manger > Find and expand Universal Serial Bus controllers;
2. Find and right-click on USB Root Hub > Select Properties;

Fix USB Root Hub to make USB detectable.

3. Click Power Management > Uncheck All the computer to turn off the device to save power > Click OK;

Turn off device to save power so to make USB recognizable again.

4. Repeat the operation if you have more USB Root Hub and click OK to finish the process.
5. Reboot PC and reconnect USB device with PC to see whether Windows 10 can read your USB drive or not;
If not, check All the computer to turn off this device to save power back on.

Method 2. Update & reinstall USB drivers and fix bad sectors on USB

When USB drivers are outdated or bad sectors exist on USB drive, USB drive may not be able to function normally. To update, reinstall USB drivers and fix bad sectors on USB drive may help!

Update and reinstall USB drivers:

1. Open Device Manager > Expand Universal Serial USB controllers;
2. Find and right-click on the right USB Hub of your USB drive and select Update Driver Software;

Update drivers to fix not recognized USB.

3. Select Search automatically for updated driver software and Windows will help you to update the latest drivers automatically.

Fix not recognized USB drive by updating drivers.

4. Reboot PC to see if USB can be read or not;
If not, right-click USB Hub of your USB drive and select Uninstall;
5.Restart computer once again and there your USB device driver will be reinstalled to make USB drive recognizable again.

Fix bad sectors on USB drive:

To fix bad sectors on USB drive, we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Partition Master Free which supports to repair bad sectors on USB drive in 3 simple steps:

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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 "Check File System".

Check Partition - Step 1

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

Check Partition - Step 2

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

Check Partition - Step 3

Method 3. Change power supply to make USB drive work in Windows 10

1. Open Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options;
2. Click Choose what the power button does > Change the settings that are currently unavailable;
3. Uncheck Turn on fast startup > Save changes;

Turn off fast startup on USB to make it recognized.

4. Restart PC and plug in USB device to see if it works or not;

If it still not works, try to change the USB Selective Suspend Settings:
1. Go to Control Panel > Power Options > Change plan settings;
2.Click Change advanced power settings > Find and expand USB settings > Expand USB selective suspend settings;

Change USB selective suspend settings.

3. Disable both On battery and Plugged in settings > Apply > OK.