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[Fixed] USB Pen Drive/Flash Drive not Showing in My Computer in Windows 10/8/7

Updated on Jun 06, 2019 by Abby Haines to Resource


Here step-by-step tutorials teach you how to fix pen drive not showing in my computer in Windows 10/8/7 is created. Try it fix your USB pen drive, flash drive, external hard drive or other external USB devices when it detected but not show in my computer.

"When I try to insert My friend's pen drive on my Windows 10 desktop, it detected but does not appear in my computer. Are there any fixes? It is Cruzer micro SanDisk pen drive."

Overview of pen drive or USB flash drive not showing in my computer 

USB pen drive, flash drive or external hard drive usually offer you an easy way to backup and transfer your data. But at the same time, these devices also bring you new problems, for example, pen drive not showing data files or opening, pen drive not showing in my computer, etc. In the last post, we have introduced how to recover hidden files from USB pen drive, and in this page, we would like to talk about how to fix the "USB not showing up" issue to help you find missing pen drive in Windows 10/8/7. The tutorials also work with USB flash drive, external hard drive or other external USB devices.

How to fix USB pen drive/flash drive  not showing in my computer issue

Follow the two methods below to solve the "USB not showing" issue.

Method 1. Update the USB pen drive or flash drive drivers

At most times, pen drive detected but not showing in my computer error happens because USB driver is not installed properly which is considered as one of the most widespread failures occurred on USB flash drive devices. So, you can first try to update the USB drivers and check if it can help to display your missing pen drive. Here we take Windows 10 as an example.  

1. Plugging the pen drive into PC. 
2. In run type "devmgmt.msc" to go to device manager
3. In Device manager go to "Universal serial bus controllers". It should list the storage devices that you have connected to your PC. 
4. Right-click the pen drive and then click "Uninstall". 
5. Remove the pen drive and restart your system. 
6. Try connecting the pen drive again to check if the problem is fixed. 

Method 2. Recover data and formatting the pen drive or USB flash drive

If the pen drive is still not showing in my computer after you operate all the above steps, then you can try to reformat the device in Windows disk management tool to fix the problem and make it properly. Before doing that, you can use EaseUS disk data recovery to retrieve your important data from the pen drive, flash drive or any other external USB devices.

Stop using your USB flash drive once you lose files on it, in case the newly produced data overwrites the entries to the lost files.

Step 1. Connect USB to your PC and run USB data recovery software.

  • Connect the USB flash drive on which your files to your computer and launch EaseUS USB data recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
  • Select your USB drive under External Devices and click Scan to start finding your lost files.
Select USB to scan and find lost files.

Step 2. Scan to find all lost files from USB.

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will thoroughly scan your USB flash drive and find all your lost data on it.
Scan USB drive to find lost files.

Step 3. Restore all lost files from USB.

  • After the scanning process, you can check and preview found USB files in this program.
  • "Deleted Files" is for you to find deleted files. And "Lost Partition Files" is quick access to find formatted data.
  • Double-click the files to preview and choose available ones, click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices
Restore lost USB data.

To reformat and fix pen drive or USB flash drive, follow these steps:

1. Click Start and go to Control Panel.
2. Click Administrative Tools and then click Computer Management.
3. When the window opens, click on Disk Management and then find the device in the drive viewer. 
4. Then you can right click on the USB flash drive and select Format to directly format the USB drive to reusable again.