Fixed: Flash Drive Shows Up as CD Drive

Jean updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

This article aims to help people who saw their USB flash drive showing up as CD, DVD ROM drive on the computer. If your flash drive or external hard drive reading as an empty optical disk drive all of a sudden, first use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover data and then repair it as suggested here.

When your flash drive shows as a CD drive on your computer, relax. And we have fixes for you. Follow the provided methods below, you will make your flash drive recognized as a removable drive on a computer again:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
First. Recover Data Connect flash drive to PC > Run EaseUS recovery software > Scan and restore data...Full steps
Next. Reformat Flash Drive Fix 1. Reformat flash drive in Disk Management ...Full steps
Fix 2. Format flash drive with free software...Full steps

My boyfriend downloaded all series of Games of Thrones last night on my USB flash drive so that I can watch offline. Just now I inserted the drive in my computer, no problem in the first place because Windows 10 recognized it, only I found that flash drive shows up as CD/DVD Rom instead of a usual removable disk drive. Now I can't open USB on Windows 10 thanks to this incorrect recognition."

Flash drive showing up as CD drive issue

We use all kinds of external storage disks so frequently, especially the removable ones like USB flash drives that are tiny, portable and compatible to run across multiple OS based computers. In general, when you insert the USB flash drive in its USB port, soon the computer will detect it, recognize it as removable with a drive letter assigned to it.

But sometimes you are not in luck. Due to some internal drive issues, Windows would read a removable disk as an empty optical disk drive (CD-ROM) by wrong. As a result, when you try to open such a drive, an error message pops up saying "There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive X:" This error prevents you from accessing present data on the drive. In this case, what should you do to rectify the problem? If the flash drive contains data that you cannot afford to lose, first of all, recover data. And then restore it to normal use as suggested, it follows behind the data recovery part.

First, recover data from inaccessible USB flash drive

To recover data from an inaccessible flash drive or external drive, you must choose a reliable data recovery software that is safe and clean, such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It has been serving in the market for over 10 years, and it's capable of retrieving all types of files from a storage drive that's connected to the system. No matter the data is lost after the disk (partition) is formatted, re-formatted or deleted. 

Now download EaseUS hard drive recovery software on your computer, and follow the video guide to export all important data on the flash drive that shows wrong disk attribute. It helps in the way of USB flash drive recovery, by scanning all existing and lost data on the drive. Three steps are enough.

Choose the USB flash drive -> Scan -> Preview and recover.

Second, repair the flash drive by reformatting it

After safely retrieving the flash drive data, proceed to repair the USB flash drive that is detected as CD-ROM using the following tools. Disk Management is a built-in Windows tool so you won't need to download, and the other EaseUS Partition Master requires a download and install. Choose one option you prefer. Both are free to use.

Option 1. Disk Management

Step 1. Press Windows + R keys to bring up the Run box, type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

Step 2. In Windows Disk Management, you can check the current status of the flash drive. If the USB flash drive is with the same problem, right-click on the drive and choose Format...

format the usb drive that showing up as cd drive in disk management - choose format

Step 3. Choose a file system like NTFS, FAT32 and click OK.

format the usb drive that showing up as cd drive in disk management -choose file system

Option 2. EaseUS Partition Master Free

Or, you can download EaseUS free partition manager for an easier partition format, which helps in a great way to fix a corrupted sd card, USB flash drive, pen drive, etc.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the USB flash drive you want to format and choose the Format partition.

choose flash drive that shows as cd drive and select format partition

Step 2. A mini window pops out, on which you can edit the partition label and choose a file system such as FAT/FAT32, NTFS, EXT2/EXT3.

select a file system to format flash drive that shows up as cd drive

Step 3. Click Apply to confirm to format the flash drive that shows up as CD/DVD Rom.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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