USB Port Not Working on Windows 10/8/7? Fix It Now!

Tracy King updated on Jul 22, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Does your USB drive, pen drive or external hard drive fail to show up on Windows PC since the USB port is not working? Follow the four methods within the page to fix 'USB port not working' error on Windows 10/8/7, and apply powerful hard drive data recovery software to recover data from a corrupted USB drive.

USB port stops working after removing or inserting a USB drive

Hi there, do you know how to make a USB, an external hard drive or an SD card, etc. portable storage devices to be detectable or show up in PC when the USB port is not working? I tried to connect my device to other USB cables on my PC, but still, nothing showed up. If you have any ideas on how to repair a not working USB port and make storage devices detectable on Windows 10, please let me know. Thanks."

A USB port allows USB devices such as USB flash drive, pen drive, external hard drive or SD card, etc devices to be connected to the computer or other digital devices and guarantees the transfer of digital data through USB cables. When a USB port fails to work or stops working, Windows PCs or laptops won't be able to read or detect these external storage devices. So how do you make digital storage devices detectable and make USB port work again in Windows 10/8/7? 

Relax and here in the below, you'll find reliable methods to effectively repair not working USB ports and make external storage devices detectable again without losing any data in two steps.

Quick fix for "USB port not working"

When your USB flash drive, pen drive, SD card or external hard drive fails to show up on your PC due to not working USB port, you may try the two quick fixes below to have a physical examination.

1. Check the USB port, is it clean enough?

Your USB ports full of dust will block airflow, and it's prone to cause USB hard drive overheating and not working properly. Make sure that the ports are clean and dust-free.

2. Change a USB port, is the flash drive showing up?

If your USB or SD card etc devices are still undetectable by your PC, don't worry. Next, try to reconnect your USB drive to one of the rear USB ports on your computer's motherboard, instead of the front ones. Check whether the recognition problem solved or not.

connect usb to motherboard usb port

If not, don't worry and just follow the two steps below to get "USB port not working" issue fixed in Windows 10/8/7 now.

Advanced fix for "USB port not working"

By following the two parts below, you will get the USB port not working issue fixed and repair the USB port to work again.

Here you have two troubleshooting methods to repair and fix USB drive not working issue in Windows 10/8/7 PC and you may follow either one to get repair USB port which has stopped working now:

1. Fix "USB port not working" error with Universal Serial BUS controller

  • Step 1: Right-click on Windows logo > Select Device Manager.
  • Step 2: Expand "Universal Serial BUS controllers" > Find the device with a yellow exclamation mark.
  • Step 3: Right-click on it and select "Update Driver Software..." > Choose "Search automatically for updated driver software".
  • Step 4: If there is no new update, right-click and select Uninstall > OK.
  • Step 5: Go to the Action tab in the Device Manager window > Select Scan for hardware changes > Then the USB port will appear.

After this, reconnect your portable devices to your PC and there your USB or SD card etc devices will show up on your PC now.
If it still not working, relax and follow Method 2 to get your issue solved.

2.  Fix "USB port not working" issue with Windows Troubleshooter

  • Step 1: Type: troubleshoot in the search bar and click Troubleshooting.
  • Step 2: Go to "Hardware and Sound" > "Hardware and Devices" > Click on Advanced and check Apply repairs automatically.
  • Step 3: Click Next and let the program check and fix existing problems in your drive > Click Apply this fix and click Next.
  • Step 4: Click Enable, close Troubleshooter and restart your PC to keep all changes.

After finishing the process, you should be able to use your USB drive or external hard drive etc portable devices to save or transfer data to your PC again.

Restore data from USB etc devices after fixing a not working USB port

After repairing the not working USB port in Windows PC, you can now try to connect your USB or SD card etc portable storage devices to your PC to transfer data.

If the storage devices are still inaccessible and you cannot read any saved data, don't worry. Use powerful hard drive data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to find your data within 3 simple steps.

Just download this software for free and follow these steps below to restore lost data from portable USB or other devices on Windows 10/8/7 now.

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 this, you can reformat the portable storage devices into NTFS or FAT32 so to make it reusable for storing or transferring data again.

format usb drive to a proper file system

 
 

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