How to Fix USB Flash Drive Not Recognized on Windows 11 or Windows 10

  • If your usb flash drive is not recognized on windows 11 or windows 10 then you need to update your usb drivers and change power options settings to fix this usb drive issue.
  • Also you can fix this issue by using cmd ( command prompt ) by performing sfc scan and chkdsk commands as mentioned in this article.

On your windows 11 or windows 10 computer if you have inserted your pen drive or usb flash drive and it is not recognized by your windows 11 or windows 10 computer or usb keeps disconnecting then by following these simple troubleshooting methods you can get rid of the usb flash drive not recognized on windows 11 and always you need to safely remove flash drive or external hard drive safely. So, let’s see them in detail below.

Fix USB Flash Drive Not Recognized on Windows 11

Below methods will help you fix pen drive or external hard drive or usb flash drive not recognized on windows 11 or windows 10 or any laptop.

Use Device Manager and Update Generic USB Hub Drivers

Step 1: Open up search menu by clicking on search icon in task bar menu.

Step 2: Type in Device Manger and open it.

Step 3: Now, in device manager expand -> Universal Serial Bus controllers 

Step 4: Right click on your Generic USB Hub -> Select Update Driver -> Select Browse My computer for drivers

Step 5: Select let me pick option from a list of available drivers and click next.

Step 6: Select Generic USB Hub and click next  and wait for your windows computer to install generic usb hub drivers

That’s it, once you update your generic usb hub drivers your usb flash driver not recognized on windows 10 should be working fine now.

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Change Power Options Settings to Disable

Step 1: Open control panel (in windows search in task manager search for control panel and open it).

Step 2: Select view by large icons.

Step 3: Now select power options

Step 4: On the left side menu -> click on change when the computer sleeps option.

Step 5: Now, select change advanced power settings options.

Step 6: Now in power options -> scroll down and locate USB settings and expand it.

Step 7: Expand USB Selective suspend settings -> Change settings here to Disabled. (if it is enabled you need to set it to disabled) and click on apply and ok.

Using CMD (command prompts) sfc scan, chkdsk

Step 1: In windows search type in CMD and right click on command prompt and run cmd as administrator.

Step 2: Click on yes if user account panel prompt -> click on yes.

Step 3: In elevated command prompt -> type in sfc /scanfile=c:\windows\system32\ieframe.dll and hit enter.

Step 4: Now type in -> sfc /verifyfile=c:\windows\system32\ieframe.dll and hit enter.

Step 5: Now this time type in -> sfc /scannow and press enter.

Step 6: Now perform a check disk -> type in chkdsk and hit enter and wait for the scan to complete and this chkdsk fixes if any thing gets corrupted in windows 10 or 11 computer.

That’s it, once you have completed all the above steps you need to restart your computer to make changes reflected and once you restart you will not have any issues with usb flash drives not recognized or not detecting error in windows 10 or windows 11 computers.

Rajeshwari Chiluveru
Rajeshwari Chiluveru
Rajeshwari is Senior Content Writer, Author, and Also Senior Editorial Team Member at A Savvy Web and She has a Degree in Bachelor of Technology (Btech) and (Master of Technology) Mtech from JNTU and is a real time expert. She writes about technology guides and troubleshooting guides (tips and Solutions) and helps users to solve issues easily. She has expertise in this area for more than 5+ years of experience and enthusiastic to provide troubleshooting tips and fixes and how to articles on Tech Related subjects like iPhone, Android, iOS, Smart tv and other tech related solutions and easy methods to fix.

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