Fixed: There Is No media in The (Specified) Device

Roxanne updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Data Recovery Resouce | How-to Articles

You will not be able to format your USB device if you receive the error message 'Virtual Disk Service error: There is no media in the device or 'There is no media in the specified device.' To help you solve the problem, we provide you with all the workable fixes and show you how to recover data from your USB with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard if necessary.

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4 Fixes for "There is no media in the device" 
Fix 1. Rescan Disk.
Fix 2. Update Device Driver
Fix 3. Rebuild MBR
Fix 4. Use USB Repair Tool
Recover Data from USB Drive before Fix Problem

Overview of "There is no media in the (specified) device"

"Virtual Disk Service error: There is no media in the device" and "There is no media in the specified device" are two similar error messages indicate the same issue. The former notification always pops up when you try to format a USB flash drive using HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool, while the latter always occurs when you try to use the diskpart command to clean your USB device.

there is no media in the device and there is no media in the specifed device


When you encounter one of the two errors, you will see the following symptoms:


Almost every error has its causes. "There is no media in the (specified) device" is no exception. Generally, a USB device shows up as "no media" due to:

  • MBR (Master Boot Record) corruption
  • I/O device error
  • Physical damage on the device/the USB is failing or failed

"There are no media in the (specified) device" is an error that usually pops up to prevent you from formatting a USB drive or other devices using HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. Being able to cause for various reasons, it is a problem that has caught a large number of users. Here, reliable solutions that can help to fix the "There are no media in the device" error without losing data is available.

Fixes for "There is no media in the (specified) device"

Before sending your device for manual repair, there are several tips worth trying to fix your USB reports "Virtual Disk Service error: There is no media in the device" or "There is no media in the specified device".

You can check your USB connection first by switching to another USB port, connecting your USB via the rear port instead of the front ones, or insert your USB drive to another computer.

Method 1. Rescan Disks

Step 1. Right-click "This PC" and choose "Manage" > "Disk Management".

Step 2. Go to "Action" > "Rescan Disks".

Step 3. Restart your computer and check the drive status in Disk Management. If it shows as normal, you can format your USB without the error "There is no media in the device" anymore.

Fix there is no media in the device - rescan disks

Method 2. Update or Reinstall Device Driver

Step 1. Right-click "This PC" and choose "Manage" > "Device Manager".

Step 2. Expand "Disk Drives", then right-click your USB flash drive and select "Update Driver".

Step 3. In the new window, choose "Search automatically for updated driver software".

Fix there is no media in the device - update driver

To reinstall your USB device driver, choose the "Uninstall device" instead. Afterward, restart your computer and the driver will be reinstalled automatically. Under Device Manager, you can also choose "Scan for hardware changes" to have a try.

Method 3. Rebuild MBR

MBR, Master Boot Record, is the first sector of a hard drive. USB flash drives may also feature an MBR. If MBR is corrupted on your drive, your device won't work properly. "There is no media in the device" is one of the errors you may come across. Luckily, you can rebuild MBR on your USB drive using third-party software. With the free partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master, you can rebuild the Master Boot Record on your drive easily. For the detailed guide, refer to the article about how to rebuild MBR.

Fix there is no media on the device - rebuild media

Method 4. Use USB Repair Tool

Many users have reported that they fixed the error "There is no media in the (specified) device" with the help of a USB repair tool. There are many USB flash drive repair tools available. Choose a secure and reliable one to repair your USB flash drive.

Some manufacturers developed repair tool exclusively for their users. For example, JetFlash Online Recovery is a repair tool developed for Transcend JetFlash USB flash drives. Check whether your USB manufacturer provides such a tool for you. If not, you can use other USB repair tools that can be used to repair USB flash drivers regardless of their brand.

The repair process may delete some or all files on your USB drive. Thus, if you have anything important on the device, don't hesitate to perform USB recovery after repairing.

After the fixes above, you will find yourself in one of the three situations below:

  • Your USB shows properly in Disk Management and you can use it as usual.
  • Your USB is not shown as "No Media" in Disk Management anymore. Instead, the USB drive is shown as "RAW" or the device can be recognized by Disk Management but is still inaccessible.
  • Your USB status is "No Media" still.

If you are in the first situation, congratulations, the error "there is no media in the device" has been fixed perfectly. If you are in the third situation, you are highly recommended to send your USB flash drive for manual repair. However, if you are in the second situation, you have two more procedures to go through before you make your device usable again, that is to recover data and then format the USB flash drive.

Recover Data from USB Drive before Fix the Problem

If you have important files on your USB drive, you need to first recover the data from the inaccessible device. (If not, you can format your USB directly to bring it back to normal.) With the help of disk data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can easily recover files from an inaccessible device, including RAW drives. 

Download the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and follow the guide below to recover data from your USB drive.

Step 1. Run USB data recovery software.

Connect the USB flash drive to your computer and launch EaseUS USB data recovery software on your PC. Select your USB drive which marks as a removable disk, and click "Scan" to start finding your lost files.

Select USB to scan and find lost files

Step 2. Scan all lost files from USB.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will thoroughly scan your USB flash drive and find all your lost data on it. After the scanning process,  use the Filter feature to filter a specific file type. You can check and preview found USB files in this program.

Scan USB drive to find lost files

Step 3. Restore all lost files from USB.

A double-click will allow you to preview the file results. Choose the target files and click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices.

Restore lost USB data

After keeping your precious data safe, you can now format your USB flash drive without any worries. To format a device in Windows, you can get things done under File Explorer, in Disk Management, or a third-party USB format tool. Here is the easiest one:

Step 1. Open "File Explorer".

Step 2. Right-click your device and choose "Format".

Step 3. Assign a file system to your USB and click "Start".

How to format USB flash drive

The Bottom Line

In most cases, "no media" is a state of your USB drive that indicates there is corruption or damage on your device. If the fixes above failed to make your USB flash drive usable, your device has probably failed and you need to repair or replace it. Hope one of the solutions could be helpful to you.

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