Why does my USB memory stick show up as a card reader?

Derek Domino December 12, 2011

My USB memory stick is recognized and works in USB 1 ports but when I plug it into a USB 2 port it shows up as a “Realtek USB 2 Card Reader.” How do I fix this?

  1. SolidSnake
    September 29, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I'm having the same problem on two usb 2.0 flash drives of mine.
    I've used them on both usb 2.0 and usb 3.0 ports.

    Both are no-name 8GB USB stick drives and show up in the "My Computer" section as a "Removable Disk" that is grayed out and when I try to open it it says "Please insert a disk into Removable Disk".

    My OS is Windows 7 Ultimate SP1.
    Is this a fixable issue?

    Any help would be much appreciated.

  2. Anonymous
    December 13, 2011 at 1:49 am
  3. Jeff Fabish
    December 12, 2011 at 10:19 pm


    Is the port compatible with your USB device (i.e they are both USB 2.0)? Some manufacturers will identify with different names, does the USB still work?