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Fixed: USB Flash Drive not Showing Up in Windows 10/8/7

Updated on Mar 01, 2019 by Tracy King to Resource


We introduce 3 simple ways to get a USB flash drive to show up on a PC in Windows 10/8/7. Afterwards, if your computer can read the USB drive but is unable to open the drive, just restore data with EaseUS data recovery software, format the device, then use the USB as normal.

"I’ve tried all the methods I can think of to connect this USB flash drive to my PC, but my computer still does not show up any signals of the drive. All of my projects from this semester are stored on the drive, how can I get to my files?!” 

Many people find their USB flash drive or SD card not showing up on Windows PC. A number of reasons can cause a PC to not detect a USB; such as system errors, improper operation, or the disk becoming RAW. We’ll offer several tips to fix your USB flash drive not showing up in Windows 10/8/7 and get all of your valuable data back with ease.

Part 1. Make unreadable or unrecognized USB flash drive detectable
Method 1. Update USB flash driver
Extra tip. Reinstall disk driver to make missing USB drive show up in PC again
Method 2. Use Disk Management and let computer recognize USB flash drive
Part 2. Restore USB flash drive data after making it detectable/recognized by PC

Since there are many reasons why a USB will not be detected by a PC, we offer a number of solutions. Follow these methods and get your missing USB drive back without losing any data. If you are a Mac user, having the same problem, follow this page to fix USB flash drive not showing up on Mac with ease.

Part 1. Make unreadable or unrecognized USB flash drive detectable

When a USB flash drive does not show up on your Windows PC, it means that the computer has failed to read the USB drive. Therefore, in order to begin to get a USB drive to show up, we must make the USB readable again. Below, there are two methods for you to force an unrecognized USB drive to show up on PC: update USB flash driver or use Windows’s built-in disk management tool to detect the USB.

Method 1. Update USB flash drive driver

  1. 1. Connect the USB flash drive to PC, right-click on This PC/My Computer and choose Properties.

Update USB driver to make it detectable.

  1. 2. Click "Device Manager" then expand “Universal Serial Bus controllers”. You'll see a yellow exclamation mark if a driver needs to be updated. Right-click it and select "Update driver" or "update driver software".

Update device driver to make USB detectable and show up in Windows PC.

  1. 3. Click "automatically search for driver software online"...

Make USB show up in Windows.

Wait for the driver to be installed, then reboot your computer. After doing so, you can try to reconnect your USB drive to PC and check whether the USB drive can be detected or not. 

Extra Tip: reinstall disk driver for USB flash drive to make it show up on PC again

Sometimes, you may also try to reinstall the disk driver for USB drive when it fails to show up on your PC. This method works on any Windows OS version. 

  1. 1. Right-click This PC/Computer > Properties > Devices Manager.
  2. 2. Click on Disk driver > Right-click on your USB flash drive and choose Uninstall.

Reinstall drive drivers to make undetectable USB show up.

  1. 3. Make sure the driver you'll uninstall is named "Flash Disk".
  2. 4. Click OK.
  3. Wait patiently and let the process finish. If it takes too long, you can remove the USB flash drive from the PC.
  4. 5. Reconnect the USB flash drive to the PC and it will now reinstall new device software.

Then the PC will read and recognize your USB drive. Then you should see the USB drive show up in My PC and be able to view the data again.

Method 2. Use Disk Management and make computer recognize USB flash drive

When you format your USB drive, all data will be deleted. If the USB drive shows up in Disk Management, you can use EaseUS data recovery software to get all of the data off the drive before you format. If it is not detected, you can recover data after you format, but it is safer to recover before formatting if you can.

1. Right-click on the Start icon > Type computer management > click on Computer Management. 

2. Click Disk Management in the bar on the left-hand side, then find the device in the drive viewer.

3. Right click on the USB flash drive > Select Format to directly format the USB drive to reusable again.

Format not showing up USB to make it show up.

In order to avoid data loss trouble, it's highly recommended for you to perform  USB recovery to restore data from the USB drive before you format it. But if you've already formatted, don't worry, this data recovery software can help you restore data before or after formatting the USB flash drive.

Part 2. Restore data from a USB flash drive

If the USB shows up in Disk Management, but you’re unable to open the drive or you've already formatted it and lost your data, it is time to use recovery software to get to your data. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can help.

It allows you to restore data from an undetectable, RAW, or formatted USB flash drive and other storage devices with just a few simple clicks. You can download it for free and follow the guidance provided below to restore data from your USB flash drive. 

Please stop using your USB flash drive once you lose files on it, in case newly produced data overwrite 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.

After getting all data back, you need to reformat the USB drive again to convert the file system back to NTFS, allowing you to store data again.