Fix 'USB Says/Shows No Media in Disk Management' Error

Does your USB flash drive show up in Disk Management but no media? In case you are experiencing the same 'USB no media' error on your other removable disks, like external hard drives, pen drives, or SD cards, don’t panic. Here, you will learn how to fix USB showing no media in Disk Management, and use EaseUS free data recovery software to recover data if the troubleshooting methods cause data loss.

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Are you faced with the "USB shows No Media in Disk Management" error on your computer? This guide will use "USB shows no media in disk management" as an example to fix related problems and make your storage devices appear and work with your Windows computer normally again without losing any data. Simply follow the methods outlined below to fix your problems.

USB shows no media in Disk Management

"I can not open the USB flash drive, and it says 'No Media' in Disk Management. Does anyone know how to resolve this issue?"

"Removable drive, my SanDisk USB pen drive, has a recognition problem in Windows 10 Disk Management. It's showing No Media so the access is denied. I have tons of important photos in it, so please help me fix it."

USB shows no media in Disk Management.

Do you know what the "No Media" error is? When a removable disk is defined as a no media disk, Windows does not recognize it and most likely displays the "There is no disk in the drive" error in File Explorer. When you go to check the drive status in DiskPart, it says "No Media 0 Bytes". Many reasons lead to a USB removable drive not working properly on a computer, and you need to be patient while following the troubleshooting procedures for these issues.

Quick Fix: Change USB port to see if the USB shows normal in Disk Management

When the USB flash drive shows as no media in Disk Management, you can first try to change the USB port and reconnect it to your PC from a different USB port.

1. Unplug the USB from your computer properly.
2. Reconnect the USB flash drive to your PC using a different USB port.
3. Check if Disk Management detects your USB flash drive as a normal removable disk.

If the front USB ports did not solve the problem, it might be an insufficient power supply issue. Try to connect the USB drive to the rear USB port on the computer's motherboard, where the power supply is much higher.

connect usb drive to motherboard usb port

If the USB still says no media in Disk Management, follow the comprehensive fixes below to resolve your problem.

Complete Fixes for the 'USB Show No Media in Disk Management' Error

Follow the four steps below to fix your problem:

#1 - Export/Extract Useful Media Files from the USB Drive That Shows No Media in Disk Management

To thoroughly scan and find all media files and data on the USB flash drive, we'd recommend you to try EaseUS free data recovery software. It specializes in restoring lost files, hidden files, and permanently removed files from Windows PC hard drives, external hard drives, USB, and other devices in a few clicks.

Step 1. Choose the flash drive to scan

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and choose your flash drive where you lost important files. Click "Scan" to start.

Scan flash drive

Step 2. Check and preview flash drive data

After the scanning is finished, you can quickly locate a specific type of file by using the Filter feature as well as the Search.

  • Filter: A quick way to your wanted files (Click "Filter" > Choose "Type/Time/Size" > Click Tree View on the left side).
  • Search: e.g. File name/file extension.
Find lost flash drive files

Step 3. Restore flash drive data

After checking and finding lost flash drive files, select them and click "Recover" to restore. You shall save the found files to a safe location on your PC rather than to your flash drive.

Restore lost files from flash drive

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#2 - Find Entries of Disconnected Devices in Device Manager and Reconnect the USB to the PC

1. Find entries of disconnected devices in Device Manager

For Windows 10/8 users:

  • Click Start and search device manager, select Device Manager from the search result.
  • Click View and select Show Hidden Devices, expand all entries by double-clicking them.
  • Locate the greyed out devices and right-click on them, select Uninstall.
  • Restart your PC.

For Windows 7 users:

  • Click Start and type: cmd, hit Enter.
  • Type: set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 and hit Enter.
  • Type: cd\ and hit Enter.
  • Type: cd windows\system32 and hit Enter.
  • Type: start devmgmt.msc and hit Enter.
  • Click View and select Show hidden devices, expand all entries, and double-click on them.
  • Locate all greyed-out entries, right-click on each one of them and select Uninstall.
  • Restart your PC.

uninstall usb in device manager

2. Reconnect USB to PC

After finding entries of all disconnected devices in Device Manager, restart your PC and try to reconnect the USB to your PC again. Check if the USB shows up in Disk Management. If not, follow the next solution.

#3 - Enable USB in Device Manager

1. Right-click the Windows icon and select Device Manager.
2. Locate your USB flash drive under Universal Serial Bus Controller with the name USB Mass Storage.
3. If it's marked with a red mark or an arrow mark, right-click on it and select Enable.
4. If you can't see the Enable option, the drive has already been marked.

You can continue checking the Disk Drives in Device Manager to make sure that all drives are enabled as well.

#4 - Change the USB Drive Letter and Run CHKDSK to Repair USB Errors

1. Change USB drive letter

  • Right-click on Computer, select manage, and enter Disk Management.
  • Right-click on the USB flash drive which shows no media there and select Change Drive Letter and Paths...
  • Click Change and click Assign the following drive letter: to set a new drive letter to your USB flash drive which says no media now on your PC.
  • Click OK to confirm the operation.

2. Run CHKDSK to repair USB errors

  • Right-click on the Windows icon and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  • Click Yes if the system asks you to sign in as administrator. And sign in with your Administrator account.
  • Type: chkdsk E: /f /r /x and hit Enter. (Replace E: with the drive letter of your USB flash drive.)

EaseUS CleanGenius is a user-friendly computer fixing tool that is both safe and lightweight. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to fix the damaged file system easily.

Step 1.  DOWNLOAD EaseUS CleanGenius on your computer and complete the installation. 

Step 2. Run the software. Click "Optimization", and then choose "File Showing" . 

select the file showing option

Step 3. Select the drive with a corrupted file system. Tick the "Check and fix file system error" option and click "Execute".

fix file system

Step 4. Wait the tool performs the repairing task. After that, click the "View" button to check the drive.

fix file system

You can now check if the drive shows up as a regular storage device on your PC.

Conclusion

In the above guide, we have listed the most effective troubleshooting methods for USB no media error in Disk Management, including connecting the flash drive to a new USB port, to the computer's motherboard USB port, uninstall and reinstall the drive in Device Manager, change the drive letter, and repair USB errors. As you know, there are many other things that can cause a USB flash drive to malfunction, including physical damage.

If you tried all the troubleshooting methods on this page and your problem is still not resolved, consider reading our other tutorials to look for answers to your queries. An example of that would be how to fix a broken USB stick.

People Also Ask About USB No Media Error

If you have other concerns related to USB shows no media error, check out the questions and answers section below to find an answer to your concern.

1. Why does my USB say no media?

 "No Media" means the flash memory controller cannot communicate with the NAND flash memory on the drive. Because of this, it appears to the computer as an empty disk drive. This is usually caused by the NAND flash failing.

This is why that USB appears as No Media on Disk Management.

2. How do I fix no media USB?

Here is a list of all possible ways to fix the No Media issue on your USB drive:

  • Try your USB in another port
  • Error-checking tool to fix USB no media
  • Update Your media drivers
  • Uninstall device driver to fix there is no media in the device
  • Change letter of your removable disk to fix no media error
  • If you found format option on your Pendrive or memory card do it 
  • Using chkdsk to fix there is no media in the specified device
  • Rebuilt MBR Partition using third party tool
  • Using attrib command to fix no media USB
  • Delete partition and create a new partition using disk management

For a step-by-step guide, we suggest you revert back to the Quick Fix and 4 Complete Fixes on this page and follow the tutorials there.

3. How do I open a flash drive that is not recognized?

Step 1. Connect the USB flash drive to the PC

Step 2. Navigate to "Control Panel" > "System" > "Device Manager" > "Disk drivers".

Step 3. Find and select your USB device, right-click and first choose "Uninstall" and then choose "Scan for hardware changes" to refresh the drivers.

Step 4. Restart your computer.

For more details, please refer to how to Fix USB Flash Drive Not Recognized or Detected. 

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