Why is my USB drive not recognized on any computer?

SuperBlooper057 January 30, 2011
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My 2 GB USB pen drive is suddenly not being recognized on any computer or device. It was working perfectly fine, but all of a sudden it seems to be bricked. It receives power (it gets warm), but the indicator light doesn’t light up.

  1. padala.diwakar
    May 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    want to know how to do that

  2. RobertFuller
    April 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    This worked! Thank you! 

  3. Pratoonsingh
    April 1, 2012 at 7:26 am

    my iball pendrive is showing light but on comp it is written usb device not recognized give me some tips ha14

  4. Anonymous
    February 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Try USBDeview
    Install it reboot with luck it will now be recognised as “found new hardware” and will be reinstalled!!!

    if your system succeed in recognizing the usb key then there are some tools that can help in recovering files Before/after format.

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  5. Bobbyzeeark
    January 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

    hi, maybe your device is write protected.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Hello, first thing you want to try is recover any files you may have on flashdrive. Try using this software:

    Have you tried updating the driver?
    -- windows key + Pause/Break,
    -- Click Hardware Tab,
    -- Click Device Manager,
    -- Find the Universal Serial Bus controllers entry,
    -- Highlight an entry >> right click >> select update drivers.

    You can try changing the drive's assigned letter:

    -- start,
    -- type DISKMGMT.MSC on search box,
    -- press enter,
    -- Find drive letter for USB drive you are using,
    -- Right Click >> pick Change Drive Letter and Paths,
    -- Press the Change button,
    -- Pick a different letter that is not in use,
    -- Press Ok,
    -- Unplug the drive, plug it back in
    -- Check to see if flash drive appears with new letter.

    Have you tried plugging the flash drive on usb port on the back? Sometimes if you plug in a flash drive on a USB hub or the front USB header it will not be recognized. If you have tried different computers and it does not show, it is definitely telling you there is something physically wrong with your flash drive.

    If you do not use the safe removal on your task bar before removing the drive, it might have gotten corrupted...but it would still show as an unknown device.

    Try doing the following:
    -- Turn off your computer,
    -- Unplug the computer from outlet
    -- Wait a few minutes.
    -- Plug computer back to outlet.
    -- Start your computer and plug the flash drive.

    You can also try uninstalling the drivers in device manager for usb devices and root hub. As a final suggestion I would try reformatting the drive:

    -- Click Start
    -- Computer
    -- Right-click the flash drive
    -- Select Format

    • SuperBlooper057
      January 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Sorry maybe I didn't clarify enough, but my USB key won't function on ANY device, including Windows, Linux, I even tried on my modded Wii! Others USB drives do work with all of ports on all of those devices.

      ha24: Is there any way to actually recover the files before formatting? It seems like the process would work, though.

  7. Anonymous
    January 31, 2011 at 7:04 am

    You can try a linux pc or a mac one or another desktop flavor so that to see it can be recognized.

    try MPTool-2007103-Fix-Usb-key to fix your usb key

    for a tutorial



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