Often we come across a problem that when we put our pen drive or memory card on our laptops and the system shows there is no media in the device or device is empty.
There is no media in the device
We check the Disc Management and it displays No media or Zero bytes in the memory. In this article, we are about to present you with ten different solutions on how to fix the issue.
1. Try Different USB Ports
Plugging the USB drive again can be an option, maybe you have not put in well the first time. There are chances that due to some regular usage or completely no usage of a specific port, the USB port gets some hardware issue in it.
This hardware issue will lead to a non-detection of the USB drive or the content in it. So, trying other ports is a good option for starting with the solutions.
2. Error Checking Tool
Before going for other software or downloaded tools, let your Windows check for the error first. All you have to do is go to My Computer, look for the plugged-in Pen drive or external disk.
By clicking the right button on Mouse, go to the pen drive properties.
In the properties, you will see the Tools section on the top menu of the properties box. The first option you see here is Error Checking.
You will see the first box written: “This option will check the drive for file system errors”. All you need to do now is to click the Check button and look at what the Windows is suggesting to you.
An Error Checking window will pop up in front of you stating, “Scan and repair drive”. Click on the button and wait for the system to check the drive. It will analyze for errors in the device and will repair it if needed.
3. Update Your media drivers
After plugging in your Driver, if it is not showing any data in it, right-click on My Computer or This PC and click Manage to go the device manager, or simply search Device Manager on Settings.
There we can an option of Device Manager which opens up all the available devices connected to the computer.
Search for Disk Drives where your device is will be listed and right-click to open up options and update the device. In my case, it is Sandisk you can check according to your drive brand.
This, of course, needs an internet connection. A command of How do you want to search for Driver? will open. Click on Search Automatically for updated driver software to find it online.
Now all you have to do is restart the computer and see if there are any changes from the earlier results.
You can also use tools like driver booster to update outdated drivers.
Also Read – Driver Booster is best driver updater tool?
4. Uninstall Device Driver
If it is still showing “No Media” you can go with the same options and try uninstalling driver this time.
In the toolbar, you will see Action command, click on the drop-down and Scan for hardware changes. Get your system restarted and again come to the Computer option to see if there is any change.
5. Change Drive Letter
It happens often that the driver gets a No Media when there is a conspiracy with the alphabet of the disk driver.
For changing this, in the search bar, search for the Disk Management and you will see a button mentioning Create and format hard disk partition, left-click on this and Disk Management window will open.
In the list mentioned, right-click on your pen drive name for getting options and click on the option “Change Drive Letter and Paths…” and a new window will open, there again click on Change and in the Assign the following drive letter: change the alphabet name as per your choice from the drop-down.
Assign new letter to your disk it will fix no media problem.
6. Format As Soon As Possible
If you think that the data in the drive is not so important to you or can be again copied in the device from another computer, please format the device.
It will remove all the corrupt files in drive and you can again use it. For formatting the drive, all you need to do is Right-click on the Pen Drive in Computer and click on Format in the drop-down menu.
A Format confirmation tab will open, click on the Start on the bottom of the tab. It will format the drive within seconds.
7. CHKDSK Command
In the search menu, search for CMD. Command Prompt option will pop up, right-click on the Command Prompt option and you will have to choose Run as Administrator command in this.
Copy & Paste In CMD: “chkdsk E: /R” press enter. The Driver Alphabet “E:” mentioned here needs to be changed as per the Pen Drive name shown in the My Computer window, placed next to the Driver Name in the brackets.
It will scan the disk in percentage, let it scan completely and re-plug the Pen drive or SD Card to check whether the trick worked for There Is No Media In This Device error or not.
8. Rebuild MBR Partition
The trick is a little longer to work with, in which you will have to rebuild the partition of the memory card or Pen Drive in Computer.
Download Software called “Minitool Partition Wizard” and install it on your computer. In the Application Interface, you will see a Launch Application command which you have to click and enter into the app. You will see a list of drives on your computer; find your Pen drive on the list.
Select the Pen Drive and on the toolbar at the top of window, Click on Disk menu which will open a Drop Down.
Click on the Rebuild MBR Option, a side command window mentioning Operations Pending will show a list of pending drives where your pen drive will be listed. Click on the Tick mark on the toolbar at top which will start rebuilding the MBR partition.
After successful rebuilding the partition, you will be over the no media problem in the pen drive.
9. Attrib Command
In the CMD command in the Search bar, you can also enter the Attrib command can also be used to cure the No media issue.
Open cmd again with administrator permission and then follow this steps-
Select your drive letter in my case it is K and then type K: in cmd.
Now after doing that type this command in cmd:attrib -h -r -s /s /d k:*.*
Here as well change K with your drive letter.
10. Delete And Create Partition
Search menu, type CMD and you will run Command prompt as the administrator. In the CMD, type command disk part and enter.
Then as the computer reads the command and showcases DISKPART> in the next step, you will have to enter List Disk and enter.
Here you will be shown the entire disks in the computers and connected to it.
After the list, you have to enter select disk 1 (select your Pendrive by looking at size). After the disk is selected, type List partition and enter.
It will open all the partitions on the computer. In the following step, type Select Partition 1 and enter.
Once the computer selects the specific partition, delete the partition.
Now the disk is removed from the drive, type Create Partition Primary and enter, the computer will again create the partition.
Now enter Format in the next command and it will start formatting the disk, wait till it finishes to 100% formatting.
Now after formatting, you have to clean the disk.
For cleaning, you need to first select the disk, Type List Partition, list of all the partitions that will open up. After the list is displayed, type Select Partition and select partition 1. Type Clean in the next command and it is all done.
11. Upgrade Firmware Of USB
In this last step, we will upgrade the firmware in the pen drive or the SD Card we are having problems with.
The firmware basically helps the external device to connect with other devices for Input and Output options. So we can try to upgrade the firmware version in the pen drive to get compatible with the computer.
Note: We need to Format the device on a lower level in this technique which takes a little extra time, may be an hour or so.
So be patient if you are proceeding with the trick and exhausted all the other routes mentioned above.
Browse for a software called ChipGenius (Translate if Required), and download the latest version of it. A password will be mentioned alongside the version name of the software, keep it safe for further usage.
A zip file will be downloading, for extracting the data from the file you will need to enter the password which we copied from the web.
After the file is extracted, install the software ChipGenius by through run as an administrator option.
In the pop-up window select, you pen drive from the list it shows and checks for the vendor of the Device (Sandisk in this case).
Come back to ChipGenius Website and click on the Files Option on the website and search for the same vendor on this list.
A new page will open, in here search for the latest version of software, click on it and scroll down to the find the latest version of the tool. Download it along with the password mentioned beside it.
After it is done with downloading, Run as Administrator, a new window will open.
Click Start at the bottom of the window which will start upgrading the firmware. Low-level formatting will result in an upgrading of the pen drive or SD Card.
After the formatting is done successfully, there are high chances of it getting Virtual Disk Service Errors There Is No Media In The Device repaired and start to show data in the drive.
Also Read – How to recover data from USB after formatting it
There is no media in the device No Media USB FAQs
How can I fix there is no media in the device problems?
There are plenty of ways of doing it, like changing the USB slot, fixing it through the Command Prompt, through Error-checking tool, updating the USB driver or uninstalling it, changing the letter name of the driver, rebuilding MBR Partition, Upgrading the USB firmware and deleting and re-creating the partition.
Why I got no media in the specified device error?
The Reasons for this can be many, ranging from incorrectly plugging the USB device to the system not recognizing the USB Media due to the lower version software in the USB Driver.
Sometimes the letter name is also not accepted in the computer which can be changed as per need.
What is Firmware upgrade?
On plugging the USB Device in the system, a generic inbox drive is installed in the system. Operating system checks for the update from server for specific device which is plugged in.
When the driver doesn’t meet the required generic driver requirements, it downloads and installs the driver from the server which is called Firmware upgrade.
If your problem there is no media in the device was fixed by these methods then share this article with your friends and if you face any difficulty don’t forget to comment below.