7 Ways To Fix USB Device Not Recognized In Windows (FREE)

Fix USB Device Not Recognized

1. Check if the Device is not damaged

If your USB device or your memory card is not read by your Windows 10, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Computer, there is a chance that the defect might be with the device itself. In such a case, make sure to check the device that you are using, check if the device is functioning properly in other Windows computers or not.

You can check for any physical damages on the USB device or the memory card as well. These defects include (but not limited to)
(1) Scratches on the connecting plates.
(2) Water damage to the device. 

2. Change Port

If not the USB device or the memory card, it is possible that the port you are using to connect the device to your computer might be at fault. In such cases try using a different USB port on your computer to connect the USB drive. And if the issue comes while connecting a memory card, try using an external card reader connected through a USB to card reader dongle.


3. Update & Reinstall Driver

There are chances that the physical port you are connecting your USB device or any storage device might not be at fault but the driver used by the computer for the functioning of the port might be damaged, in such a case we will repair the driver by updating and reinstalling it.

You can do so by following the steps below:

On your computer go to the search bar and search for device manager and open the first option provided. This will open the Device Manager tab of your Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 PC.


On the device manager window, you will find the Universal Serial Bus Controller at the bottom of the list, right-click on it.

Under this menu, you will see a drop-down menu in which you will find USB Mass Storage Device. Right-click on this and select on Update.


A new update driver window will pop up and in this, you will have to click on the first option Search automatically for Updated Driver Software.

Once the update is finished by this method, go onto the update driver window again and choose the second option, Browse my computer for driver software.


4. The other alternative option

If your USB device still does not work, you can right-click on USB Mass Storage Device and then select uninstall device.


Once you have uninstalled the device, go onto Actions tab on the top left corner and select Scan for hardware changes.


This will install the USB Mass Storage Device back onto your computer. After this, restart your computer and the issue with your storage device not being recognized on your Windows 10, Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC will be solved.

5. Enabling USB Selective Suspend Setting

When a USB device or a memory card or any portable storage device is connected to your Windows 10/7/8 PC and it does not have its own power supply; the device uses the power from your Laptop/Computer.

In cases of Laptops, it is possible that your Windows Power Settings are such that they don’t allow the USB or the external storage device to use power from the laptop battery, thus resulting in the device not working. The fix to this problem is by:

Going to the Control Panel of your Windows 10/7/8. (you can search for the control panel on the search bar by clicking on the Windows icon on the bottom left).


Inside the Control Panel, you have to go into Power Options.


When in the Power Options window, you will see a Balanced Plan or plan that you selected, beside which you will find Change plan settings, click on it.


In this window, click on Change Advanced Power Settings, this will open the Power Options window.


Inside the Power Options Window, you will have to scroll down to the USB Settings and then click on it, and then on the plus icon (+) beside USB Settings. This will open a drop-down menu, inside which you will find USB Selective Suspend Settings, click on the plus icon (+) beside it. 


Under this menu, you will find two options, on battery and plugged in. Make sure both options are disabled. If not, then disable them by clicking on them and clicking on disable.

Once done, click on Apply and then Okay. After this is done, restart your computer and then check, the USB device or the storage device must start working now.

6. Update USB Driver

So, in this method, you will have to use a 3rd party tool i.e. Driver Booster, which will surely do the job because it is one of the most useful and effective tools when it comes to managing and updating drivers in the computer system.



  1. Once you have downloaded and installed the tool
  2. Run it
  3. Now click on the “Scan” button
  4. Now it will begin the scanning process and will scan for all the outdated drivers in the system.
  5. Once scanning is done, in the next window there will be a list which shows the number of drivers to be or has been updated.
  6. Now select the “Universal Serial Bus Controller” and update the driver
  7. Or just click on update all (make sure to have a good internet connection)
  8. And once the updating process is done 
  9. You are done

7. Use PowerShell

In this method, you will have to go on to the Windows PowerShell which might solve the issues regarding usb device not recognized in windows 10. Hence, make sure to follow the below-mentioned steps carefully.


  1. Search for PowerShell in the windows search bar’
  2. Once it is opened
  3. Type command “msdt.exe –it devicedaignostics
  4. Once you have entered the command
  5. Restart the computer system and make sure you have a good internet connection
  6. And done.


I hope above mentioned 5 tricks was helped you to fix USB device not recognized issue if not then do let me know in the comment section.

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Shreyash Pradhan
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