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

Updated on Nov 05, 2018 by Tracy King to Resource


For the first part, we introduced 3 simple ways to fix USB flash drive not showing up the issue in Windows 10/8/7, and in the final part, if your computer can read the USB drive but unable to open the drive, just restore data with EaseUS data recovery software.

"I tried all the methods that I know to connect my USB flash drive with PC. But my computer does not show up any signals of the drive. I have an important file in the drive, can I get it out?"
USB flash drive or SD card not showing up an error in PC is a very common problem for many users under Windows system. And quite a lot reasons such as system error, improper operation or RAW disk may lead computer fail to read or detect the USB flash drive or other storage devices. If you are having such a problem, relax and follow below-offered tips to fix/solve USB flash drive not showing up in Windows 10/8/7 problem and get all valuable data back with ease.

Tip: Don't do anything before you find a solution to fix USB not showing up error

It's highly recommended for all USB flash drive or other storage devices users to stop making any changes before finding solutions for USB not showing up or USB flash drive becomes undetectable issues in Windows 10/8/7. If you don't know how to fix this issue on your PC and get precious data out of your unreadable USB drive or SD card etc, you may follow below solutions to restore precious data and make your USB drive detectable again:

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

Now you can follow these offered solutions to fix USB flash drive not showing up or USB drive is missing error in PC without losing any data. 

Part 1. Make unreadable or unrecognized USB flash drive detectable

When the USB flash drive does not show up in Windows 10/8/7 system, it means that the computer fails to read the USB drive. Therefore, before we start fixing the USB drive fail to show up issue, we must make it readable again. Here below we have two methods for you to force unrecognized USB drive to show up on PC: update USB flash driver or use disk management tool in Windows to detect the USB drive.

Method 1. Update USB flash drive driver

  1. 1. Connect the not working 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" on the left taskbar >  Expand USB Serial Bus controller, then you'll see a yellow exclamation mark, and right click on 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 patiently and let the driver to be installed and 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. 

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

1. Right-click on Start icon and select Search > Type control panel and hit Enter  > Tab on Control Panel.

Make not showing up USB to show up.

2. Click Administrative Tools > Select Computer Management.

Use Disk Management to show up USB flash drive.

3. When the window opens, click on Disk Management and then find the device in the drive viewer.
4. 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, hard disk recovery or external hard drive recovery to restore data from the USB drive before you format it. If you've already done the format process, don't worry. Professional data recovery software can help you restore data before or after formatting the USB flash drive.

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 systems - Windows 10/8/7 etc. Now, let's see how this works now:

  1. 1. Right-click This PC/Computer > Properties > Devices Manager.
  2. 2. Click on Disk driver > Right-click on General Flash Disk USB Drive (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 to let the process to be finished. 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 PC will read and recognize your USB drive. Then you'll see the USB drive shows up in Windows 10/8/7 and you can even view data inside the drive again.

Part 2. Restore data from USB flash drive

If your computer can read the USB drive but unable to open the drive now or you've already formatted it, don't worry about the data inside the USB drive. EaseUS hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard may help.

It allows you to restore data from undetectable, raw or formatted USB flash drive, hard disk or SD card etc devices with simple clicks under Windows 10/8/7. You can free download it and follow below simple guidance to restore data from USB flash drive now:

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 so to convert the file system back to NTFS in the USB drive, allowing you to store data again.