Fix Device Not Migrated Problem in 4 Possible Ways

This post is about a Windows error message called device not migrated. This error message would prevent your USB drive or hard drive from working properly. It would even cause data loss. Check this post to see how to fix this problem.

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Windows update is meant to fix some minor bugs or add new features to the system, but after Windows update, other unexpected problems may occur. One commonly reported problem is the "Device not migrated" error message after the Windows update. Many users with different computer models and different hard drive models complain about the same error message after upgrading to a new Windows version.

After looking through several web pages and asking IT experts for advice, we found that there are no specific proven solutions. Users have different ways to solve this problem. Here, we list all the possible solutions, you can try them one by one until the problem is fixed.

Device not migrated

Method 1. Rollback to the Previous Driver

The first solution you can try is to roll back the driver to the previous version. You can go to the Driver tab, then click Rollback to see if it resolves the problem. If there is no "Rollback" option, forget about this fix and try the next one.

Method 2. Reinserting the Device to USB 2.0 Hub

This method mainly works for the problem of USB device not migrated, and a user said he had been successful with this fix twice. So follow the steps below, and see if you can fix the problem with this method.

Step 1. Get an external USB 2.0 hub, connect it to your computer.

Step 2. Remove the problematic device from your computer.

Step 3. Reinsert the device into one of the hub's ports.

Now you can check if the issue still exists.

Method 3. Uninstall Device Driver

After the Windows update, it is highly possible that Windows has installed an incompatible driver to your system. And that's the possible reason why you got the device not migrated error message. Uninstall the device driver, and see if this could solve the problem.

Step 1. Right-click the Windows key, then choose Device Manager.

Step 2. Find the faulty device, right-click it and choose Uninstall Device.

Step 3. Restart your PC, then Windows will automatically reinstall the driver.

Uninstall device driver

After rebooting your PC, you could check if the problem still exists.

Method 4. Update Chipset Driver

When setting up Windows 10, the installation of an un-optimized chipset driver may prevent your hardware from being detected. Therefore, please go to your vendor's site and check if your motherboard has updated chipset drivers.

These are all the possible fixes of the device not migrated issue. Some users even said that they've tried all the solutions but didn't solve the problem until the next Windows update. So if you can't solve your problem with the above methods, don't give up. Maybe the next Windows update is your chance.

Where is the "Device not Migrated" Error Message

Unlike other Windows error messages, the "Device not migrated" error is not a pop-up error. You need to check the problem manually. Here is how to check if you're in this issue.

Step 1. Right-click the Windows key, then choose Device Manager.

Step 2. Choose the driver that is not working, right-click it, and choose Properties.

Step 3. Under the Events tab, you can see the error message.

Where is device not migrated error message

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Bonus Tip: Recover Lost Data after Device not Migrated Error Happens

In Microsoft's official support forum, a lot of users have said that not only the issue had stumped them for quite a while, but also caused data loss on their hard drives. In case data loss happens without notice, we'd like to introduce a valid free data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to you.

This tool works well on both Windows and Mac computers. It covers many data loss scenarios, such as accidental deletion, formatting, partition loss, OS crash, and virus attack, etc. The powerful scanning function is one of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard's advantages. It can help you find data that was deleted even years ago. With this tool, you can retrieve the lost photos, Word files, and deleted recycle bin files for free. Here's a guide about how to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard free version to recover your data.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the location you would like to recover data from – such as the Recycle Bin or a hard drive. Click the "Scan" button to start looking for deleted files that can be recovered.

select the location

Step 2. When the scan completes, you can click the "Filter" menu or type in the "Search files or folders" field to home on certain files that match the criteria you specify.

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Step 3. Select and preview files to determine which ones you would like to recover. Click the "Recover" button to restore them.

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The Bottom Line

The most likely reason for the "Device not migrated" error is Windows update has installed incompatible drivers on your computer. Unfortunately, there is no officially confirmed solution for this problem. But the method we list above is worth trying. Hope you could solve your problem after reading this post.

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