How to Fix a USB Device Not Recognized

Are you dealing with the "USB device not recognized error" on your computer? Find the easiest solution in our easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide.
How to Fix a USB Device Not Recognized

Often, a USB device will not be recognized when it is plugged into your computer. If this happens to you, there are several things you can do to fix the problem.

Disable USB3 support

Whenever you plug in a USB device, you may receive a message that the USB device is not recognized. This can be frustrating. However, there are several ways to fix this.

First, check if your computer has the right driver installed. If it does not, then you should reinstall the driver. If it does, then your USB device should work again. If you still have problems, it may be a hardware issue.

You may also be able to fix the USB device not recognized message by changing the selective suspend setting in your power options. This feature allows your hub to suspend the USB automatically. If you want to disable the feature, right-click on the Windows option and choose Additional power settings.

Changing the value data in the USB ports can also be a way to enable your USB ports. If you do not know how to change the value data, then you can consult the Device Manager.

Format a USB drive

Occasionally a USB drive won't be recognized by your PC, resulting in missing files or corrupted data. If you are experiencing this problem, you can easily fix it by following the steps below.

First of all, you need to make sure that your USB drive is properly plugged in. The power switch should be set to the On position, and your USB drive should be fully seated in the port.

Once you have your USB drive plugged in, open the Windows Control Panel. You'll find the Device Manager here. This system utility can help you check and fix your USB drive's drivers. You can also use it to scan for hardware changes.

Next, you can try to assign a drive letter to your USB drive using Disk Management. You can do this by right-clicking on the drive and choosing Change Drive Letter and Paths. When the Change Drive Letter and Paths dialog box appears, select a drive letter from the list and confirm your selection.

Install a USB root hub

A USB root hub can help you connect several USB peripherals to your computer. However, it can also cause your USB devices not to be recognized by the computer. Fortunately, you can fix this problem using Device Manager.

Device Manager is a software application that enables you to control and monitor your computer. The program contains several options that can be used to troubleshoot and repair USB devices.

Device Manager will provide you with a list of USB devices. You can then expand the list to see the Universal Serial Bus controllers. These controllers can be used to turn on and off devices.

You can also use Device Manager to fix a USB device that is not recognized. Sometimes, a driver may need to be updated, or the device may have a hardware problem.

Restart your computer

Getting your computer to recognize a USB device can be difficult. It might be a hardware issue, or it might be a software problem. Luckily, there are a few ways to fix it.

The simplest way to solve this problem is to restart your computer. This will help you to identify and fix a USB device that you haven't been able to use. The next step is to disconnect the device and try connecting it to another computer.

If you've tried these steps and your computer still won't recognize your USB device, it may be damaged or faulty. If so, you might need to replace the device. You might also need to reinstall the USB drivers. This can be done manually or automatically.

Another option is to connect the USB drive to another computer, plug it into another USB port, and try to reinstall the driver. You can also format the volume and restore the drive.

Check for operating system updates.

Occasionally, your computer may fail to recognize a USB device. If you are experiencing this problem, you may need to check for operating system updates.

This can be a temporary problem. If you cannot fix the problem, you may need to reboot your PC. You may also need to try disconnecting and reconnecting the USB device.

A USB device can fail if you try to connect it while your system is busy. It can also fail if you connect it while the computer is slower than usual. You may also have hardware or configuration issues.

If you are experiencing this problem, you may have to use the device manufacturer's support site for additional information. You may also need to install the manufacturer's software. These sites will have the updated drivers you need to fix the problem.


The USB device not recognized issue can be caused if any of the following situations exist: The currently loaded USB driver has become unstable or corrupt. Your PC requires an update for issues that may conflict with a USB external hard drive and Windows. Windows may be missing other important updates, hardware, or software issues. We've outlined a few fixes, including:

  • Disable USB3 support
  • Format a USB Drive
  • Install a USB RootHub
  • Restart your computer
  • Check for operating system updates

We hope you've learned how to fix your USB issue.

If you're still experiencing problems, check out our other articles on the SoftwareKeep blog or help center for more tips and tricks. And as always, feel free to reach out to us if you need any assistance.

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