Fixed: Flash Drive Shows Up as CD Drive

This article aims to help people fix USB flash drive showing up as CD, DVD ROM drive error 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 immediately.

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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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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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