[Solved] How to Fix “USB Not Recognized” Error in Windows 10


One of the most annoying errors while using USB drive is “USB Device Not Recognized” error. Sometimes the error can be solved by just reconnecting the device but if the error persists then you should take some serious actions about it.

I recently faced the same issue while connecting my external hard drive to PC. I removed the hard drive and connected it again and guess what? It’s working again. If you are not that much lucky and getting this error again and again, then read below to find out some solutions for these errors.

Try Restarting the PC:

  1. First, unplug your USB drive from PC.
  2. Turn off your PC and unplug it from the wall socket (remove the battery if you are using a laptop).
  3. Wait for some time and plug your PC back to the wall socket (or insert the battery).
  4. Boot your PC/laptop and check if the error is gone.

If you are still getting the error, then read the next solution.

Update your Windows:

This error often shows up if your Windows is not updated. So, if your Windows still have some pending updates, make sure to update your Windows.

For Windows XP, Vista, 7:

  1. Click on Start > All Programs, open Windows Updates.
  2. Windows will start to search for new updates.^5001F735080F3C18DFEEF2A94C01F4AF021889D0F5AB22EF2E^pimgpsh_fullsize_distr
  3. If you see any updates there then select the important updates and click on Install Updates“.

For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Navigate to “Update and Security and click on Check for updates.update
  3. Windows will start downloading and installing updates automatically.
  4. After updates get installed, restart your PC.

Try to insert your USB drive, your PC should detect it now and if not then it may be the possibility that your USB drive is faulty. To check that, connect your USB drive to another PC and see if it gets detected there.

Try Reinstalling the USB drivers:

USB drivers might also create problems in detecting USB drives. So, it’s always good to check for updates in a particular period of time.

  1. Click on “Start then search for “Device Manager and open it.
  2. On Device Manager Window, expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers  and uninstall the drivers for each of the devices listed below.
  3. When you uninstall the drivers for all the devices, restart your PC.
  4. After restarting, your PC will reload the drivers for USB ports.
  5. Try connecting the USB drive again.


These were the only possible ways to remove the “Device not recognized” error. If you also know some more tricks to get this error fixed or you are facing some issues while trying these fixes, share it with us in the comments section.

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