fix, how to, microsoft

When a USB device is connected to a PC, your operating system should automatically detect it. But, complications like a corrupted USB drive or even a loose connection, can cause Windows to show the “Please insert a disk into USB drive” error message. 

Since the error message pops up when you try to open the drive, you cannot access any data inside it. You can’t even check it’s file properties on Windows Explorer.

But not all hope is lost. Although it seems like data inside the USB drive it destroyed, this could not be true in your case. As sometimes, this issue could lie on your system and not on the drive.

What Causes the “Please Insert a Disk Into USB Drive” Error?

Before we jump into the solutions, let us look at some common reasons you might be getting this issue.

  • Conflicting drive letter name
  • Outdated USB drivers
  • Loose connection
  • Faulty USB drive
  • OS and the USB drive are incompatible
  • Malware affected the USB drive

How to Fix the “Please Insert a Disk Into USB Drive” Error?

Sometimes, simple issues like a loose USB connection or a damaged USB port may be the reason behind the error. Therefore, make sure you perform a few generic troubleshooting steps first. 

This includes reconnecting the USB drive, using a different USB port to connect the USB drive to the system, and finally restarting your PC.

Change Drive letter

Two drives having the same name will cause conflicts when performing action in these drives. When your USB drive and the drive in your internal storage device have the same drive letter, you may get the error message that says, “Please insert a disk into USB Drive.” 

In this case, changing the drive letter of the USB drive should fix any conflicting issues.

  1. Press the Windows + X key and select Disk Management. Here you will see all the details about the storage device and all its partitions.
  2. Right-click on the USB drive that is displaying the error message.
  3. Select Change Drive Letter and Path.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  4. Select the current drive and select Change.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  5. Select a different drive letter from the drop-down menu.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  6. Select OK to save settings.

Update Disk Drive Drivers

A Device Driver acts as an interface between the hardware and the OS. When in use, the OS and the device will constantly exchange data. If you have not updated your driver, the device may have issues communicating with the OS, resulting in the device to malfunction. And in this case, it may cause a “Please insert a disk into USB drive” error message.

Try updating the disk drive driver to get the latest version of disk drivers.

  1. Press the Windows + X key and select Device Manager.
  2. Expand Disk Drives.
  3. Double-click on the storage device that is causing the issue.
  4. Go to the Driver tab and select the Update driver
    fix, how to, microsoft
    .

Run Hardware Troubleshooter

The hardware troubleshooter runs a series of tests to review and diagnose all the hardware components connected to the PC. Performing these tests, the troubleshooter identifies the problem and tries to fix the hardware issues.

To run the hardware troubleshooter.

  1. Press the Windows + R key to open Run.
  2. Type msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic to open Hardware Troubleshooter.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  3. Click on Next to start the troubleshooting process.

Run Check Disk Command

The Check Disk command verifies the integrity of the drive and fixes any error in the drive/volume. You can run the check disk command on all storage devices connected to the PC. This includes internal as well as external storage devices.

  1. Press the Windows + R key to open Run.
  2. Type cmd and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open Command Prompt as Admin.
  3. Type chkdsk : /f. Replace with the drive letter.

For example, chkdsk e: /f 

fix, how to, microsoft

  • /f fixes any drive error

Perform Clean Boot

If the check disk command does not work, you can try performing a clean boot. A third-party service may be causing conflicts with the USB drive, which might be causing the issue. In this case, try performing a Clean Boot to check if you can access drives. 

When a system clean boots, it disables all services except important Microsoft services.

  1. Press the Windows + R key to open Run.
  2. Type msconfig to open System configuration.
  3. Go to the Services tab.
  4. Check Hide all Microsoft Services and select Disable All.
  5. Select Apply.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  6. Now, go to the startup tab and open Task Manager.
  7. Here, disable all startup applications.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  8. Restart the PC and connect the USB drive.

If you can access the drive, a service was likely interfering with the USB drive. Enable one service at a time to determine the conflicting service. Once you discover the service causing the issue, uninstall its application to fix the “Please insert a disk into USB drive” error.

Check for Malware Infection

If the PC still does not detect the USB drive after performing a clean boot, make sure that the USB drive is not infected by malware. A malware can affect an entire drive that will stop the PC from accessing the USB drive.

Try scanning the drive using an antivirus or Microsoft defender itself.

Format and Recover the Data

If none of the solutions work, you will need to recover the data. However, it may seem risky as you will need to format the drive first. 

Formatting the drive does not completely erase data. It will allocate the data as ready to be overridden. But, the data is still in that space. Only when you place new data on the drive, the previous data is fully gone.

We have a dedicated article that you can follow to format and recover the data from a USB drive.

Delete and Create New Volume

Deleting a partition removes the drive partition and turns it into unallocated space. It also resets the MBR and deletes the entire header. A simple format will only clear data in the partition. So, if a simple format does not fix the issue, you can try deleting the entire partition and creating a new volume.

Note: Deleting and creating a new volume will remove all data from the drive. However, you can recover data from a deleted partition unless you have overwritten the drive.

  1. Press the Windows + X key and select Disk Management.
  2. Right-click on the drive you want to delete and select Delete Volume. Once deleted, all its space will be unallocated.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  3. Now, right-click on the volume and select New Simple Volume.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  4. Set the Volume size and click on Next.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  5. Assign a drive letter and click on Next.
    fix, how to, microsoft
  6. Check Format this Volume and click on Next.
    fix, how to, microsoft

TECH NEWS RELATED

Nest Rolls Out a Slew of New Holiday Ringtones for Your Doorbell

Google It’s that time of the year again. The minute Thanksgiving is over, the Christmas tree and lights start going up. Throughout the year, Google releases new Nest doorbell tones that are fun and festive, and for the 2022 holiday, we’re getting five new Nest doorbell ringtones. More importantly, ...

View more: Nest Rolls Out a Slew of New Holiday Ringtones for Your Doorbell

Samsung's next-gen OLED screens might support multi-fingerprint sensing

Samsung could usher in the next era of fingerprint sensing technology on OLED displays. The South Korean company is reportedly working on OLED displays with multi-fingerprint sensing technology. Dubbed OLED 2.0, these screens are capable of scanning multiple fingerprints at the same time. This would eliminate the need for ...

View more: Samsung's next-gen OLED screens might support multi-fingerprint sensing

How to Block Subreddits on Reddit

One way to block subreddits is to use Reddit’s old interface at old.reddit.com and add the subreddit to your filter list on r/all. If you’re willing to pay a monthly or annual fee, you can subscribe to Reddit Premium, which allows you to block subreddits on new Reddit. Looking for ...

View more: How to Block Subreddits on Reddit

Review Scalextric Back to the Future vs Knight Rider Race Set

With Christmas only a few weeks away, we review the Scalextric Back to the Future vs Knight Rider Race Set. Get ready for the ultimate Scalextric battle with the new Back to the Future vs Knight Rider Race Set. Buckle up as the iconic Michael Knight racing K.I.T.T or imagine ...

View more: Review Scalextric Back to the Future vs Knight Rider Race Set

iQOO 11 Launch Reschedules To December 8

December 2nd, that’s the date when iQOO was expected to launch its iQOO 11 series in China. However, due to the sudden demise of Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese President, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has pushed the launch to December 8 and the launch event won’t be held in ...

View more: iQOO 11 Launch Reschedules To December 8

The Google Nest Mini Is Back Down to Just $18 Today

Corbin Davenport / How-To Geek Google’s cheapest (and most popular) smart speaker is the Nest Mini, and it’s pretty hard to find it not on sale. Now the speaker is back to its lowest-ever price of just $18. The second-gen Nest Mini is a small smart speaker, with Google ...

View more: The Google Nest Mini Is Back Down to Just $18 Today

8 Feature Rich Screenshot Tools for Windows

The Windows default Snipping tool gets the job done but leaves a lot to be desired. With limited annotation features and a lack of options, you may be looking for alternatives that will suit you better. You’re in luck, as we’ve compiled a list of several screenshot tools that ...

View more: 8 Feature Rich Screenshot Tools for Windows

How to Use the Same WhatsApp Account on Two Phones Officially

WhatsApp is one of the most widely-used instant messaging apps despite lacking several features. For example, Telegram lets you use the same account on multiple devices but unfortunately, the same wasn’t possible on WhatsApp — until now. You can now use the same WhatsApp account on two phones officially! The ...

View more: How to Use the Same WhatsApp Account on Two Phones Officially

Ashampoo Uninstaller 11 Giveaway: Free License Here Only!

Why Spotify Shuffle is Not Truly Random

How to Get Your Spotify Wrapped for 2022

Android Phones Are Now More Secure, Thanks to Rust

Hackers use new, fake crypto app to breach networks, steal cryptocurrency

How to Create and Join Amazon Prime Video Watch Party

How to get Seviper Fang in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Firearms Expert Reacts To Warhammer 40,000: Darktide’s Guns

Used Guide: 2013-2018 Lexus ES

Toyota Innova Hycross Vs Mahindra Marazzo Price, Engine Specs, Dimensions Comparison

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion Launches In The US With The Most Unique Color Ever

Audi cranks power up to 11 with two new RS Performance models

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News