Fix 'USB Says/Shows No Media in Disk Management' Error without Data Loss

Tracy King updated on Oct 13, 2020 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

Does your USB flash drive show up in Disk Management but no media? In case you are facing the same 'USB no media' error on other removable disks like external hard drive, pen drive or SD card, just relax. Here, you can learn how to fix USB showing no media in Disk Management, and use EaseUS free data recovery software to recover data if the troubleshooting causes data loss.

Are you faced with 'USB shows No Media in Disk Management' error in your computer error? This page will take 'USB shows no media in disk management' as an example to fix such a problem and make your storage devices display and work in Windows computer normally again without losing any data. Just follow contents here below and find fixes to resolve your problem right now: 

USB shows no media in Disk Management
Quick Fix: Change USB port to see if USB shows up in Disk Management
Complete Fixes for 'USB Says No Media in Disk Management' error

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 is 'No Media' error? When a removable disk is defined as a no media disk, Windows will not recognize it and probably prompt the error message "There is no disk in the drive" in File Explorer, and by going to check the drive status in DiskPart, it says 'No Media 0 Bytes'. Many reasons would lead to a USB removable drive not working properly in a computer, and you need to show some patience to troubleshoot the error as instructed step by step.

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

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

1. Unplug the USB from your computer correctly.
2. Reconnect the USB flash drive to your PC with a new USB port.
3. Check if the Disk Management can detect 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. Try to connect the USB drive to the Internal USB port in 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, just relax and follow the complete fixes below to resolve this problem now.

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

You can follow the four steps below to fix your problem:

1 - Export/extract useful media files from USB drive which shows no media in disk management

To thoroughly scan and find all media files and data on the USB flash drive, here we’d like to recommend you try EaseUS free data recovery software which specializes restoring lost files, hidden files and permanently removed files from Windows PC hard drive, external hard drive, and USB, etc. devices with simple 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 found flash drive data.

After a quick and advance scan, 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.
  • 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

2 - Find entries of disconnected devices in Device Manager and reconnect USB to 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 out whether the USB shows up in Disk Management or not. If not, continue with the next fix.

3 - Enable USB in Device Manager

1. Right-click 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 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 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: /R and hit Enter. (Replace E: with the drive letter of your USB flash drive.)

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select the "File showing" option. 

Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

Then you can check if it shows up as a regular storage device on your PC or not. 


We 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 reasons that would cause a malfunctioning USB flash drive, including some physical damage.

If you tried all the troubleshooting methods on this page and did not solve the problem, try to read more of our tutorials to search for answers. For example, how to fix a broken USB stick.

People Also Ask About USB No Media Error

If you have other concerns that are related USB shows no media error, check out the questions and answers below and you may find a satisfying answer:

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 how you see that USB display as No Media on Disk Management.

2. How do I fix no media USB?

Here is a list of all possible ways that you can try to fix 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 for help. 

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

  1. Step 1. Connect the USB flash drive to the PC
  2. Step 2. Navigate to "Control Panel" > "System" > ‘’Device Manager" > "Disk drivers".
  3. 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.
  4. Step 4. Restart your computer.

For more details, please refer to How to Repair and Fix USB Flash Drive Not Recognized or Detected for help. 

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