Solved: PNY 128GB Flash Drive Not Recognized by Windows 7/8/10

Stuck in PNY 128GB USB flash drive not recognized situation? Why it happens and How to fix this? In this article, you will find the top 6 ways to restore PNY USB stick easily in Windows 7/8/10.


By Lucas / Updated on May 12, 2023

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PNY 128GB Flash Drive Not Recognized Problem

PNY USB flash drive is widely used and has a large number of users. However, you may encounter the PNY 128GB flash drive not recognized by Windows system in daily use.

My friend Tom have suffered a lot, he told me his story. Tom has a Windows 7 computer, he put his PNY 128GB Turbo USB 3.0 drive in his computer, it’s not recognized by Windows 7, no drive letter shows up, even can’t find the drivers in Devices. But his WD 3.0 external hard drive works fine on his USB 3.0 port. The strange thing is his PNY 128GB USB 3.0 drive works fine on his USB 2.0 port just not on the two 3.0 ports.

Or you may met other PNY 128GB flash drive not working problems: Windows does not recognize the PNY 128GB flash drive but detecting other flash drives; Have an 8GB/16GB PNY flash drive connected to a new Windows 7 computer, it was recognized, after a while, it is not. Tried different USB ports, the same problem, how can I fix it?

Why PNY 128GB Flash Drive Not Recognized?

You may curious about the reason why the problem appears, here are some reasons:

  • USB Ports are not working.

  • USB Device is disabled in BIOS.

  • Your PNY USB drive could be attacked by virus.

  • Your PC Windows OS is out of date.

  • The MBR of PNY USB stick is corrupted.

  • PNY USB flash drive is not formatted properly.

  • PNY USB flash drive is damaged physically. You may buy a brand new PNY USB drive.

How to fix the PNY 128GB flash drive stop working problem? Follow the following words.

6 Ways to Fix PNY Flash Drive Not Showing Up Problem

1. Try Other USB Ports

Your PNY 128GB flash drive not recognized by Windows may due to the broken USB port. So, you’d better try other USB ports, like USB 2.0, USB 3.0, to see if the problem is persist. If the problem is still there, try way 2.

2. Enable USB Device in BIOS

In some circumstances, you might have disabled the USB Interface in BIOS for safety of your computer. Maybe you just forgot it, check it in BIOS and make sure USB device is enable. If the issue exists, try the next way.

3. Check if the PNY USB Flash Drive is Infected by Virus

If you transfer files from other devices to 128GB PNY USB flash drive, the USB flash drive could be infected by virus. Some virus might damage the driver, so your PNY USB drive cannot be detected properly. Use the antivirus software to kill virus.

After the operation, check whether the problem is still there or not, try the way 4 to repair if the issue persists.

4. Install the Latest Windows Updates

If your OS is not updated in time, the PNY 128GB flash drive not working problem could bother you. So install the latest Windows updates could fix it. How to Install the Windows Updates? Here it is.

  • Click Start on the desktop, type Windows Update in search box, then choose Windows Update.

  • Click Check for Updates.

  • Then click Install Updates after the scan is completed.

Then the Windows OS will be updated. If your problem still exits, proceed to the next solution.

5. Fix MBR for PNY 128GB USB

If the MBR of PNY 128GB flash drive is damaged or corrupted, the PNY could not be detected by Windows. So, it's emergency to fix MBR. Fortunately, the third party USB format tool - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a powerful disk partition management software, which allows you to rebuild MBR for hard disk, USB flash drive, SD card, etc. It’s worth to mentioning that it’s a freeware for Windows Vista/XP/7/8/10 users. Follow the steps to repair PNY flash drive back to normal:

1. Connect your PNY 128GB flash drive with your computer via USB port. Free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, install and run the procedure, right click PNY flash drive and choose Rebuild MBR.

Rebuild System Disk Mbr

2. Choose MBR for your Windows 7/8/10.

3. Then press Apply button at the tool bar to repair MBR.

If this way does not work, try the next one.

6. Format PNY 128GB Flash Drive with the Powerful USB Format Tool

If your PNY 128GB USB flash drive is not formatted properly, the PNY 128GB flash drive would not be recognized by your Windows OS. You might use Disk Management to format the device, but it’s impossible to format a USB drive larger than 32GB to FAT32 in Disk Management. So it’s better to use AOMEI Partition Assistant to format PNY 128GB USB easily. It allows you to format PNY, Kingston, Toshiba, Transcend, SanDisk, Corsair USB drive to FAT32, NTFS, Ext2, Ext3, etc. and restore USB drive to normal quickly. The format operation is listed below:

Step 1, Connect your PNY 128GB flash drive with your computer via USB port. run this program. On the home interface, right click the PNY 128GB flash drive and select Format Partition at the drop down menu.

Format Partitoin

Step 2, Select FAT32 in File System to format PNY 128GB USB flash drive, edit Partition Label and Cluster Size if needed. Then hit OK.

Fat32 128gb Usb

Step 3, Click Apply to confirm the Pending Operations.


Tips: All of the data on PNY 128GB USB drive will be wiped out.

The format operation will be finished after a few seconds. If you want to convert your PNY USB drive from NTFS to FAT32 or vice versa, you can try NTFS to FAT32 converter without losing data. In addition, you can create second partition on SD card or flash drive for some certain purpose. For advanced users, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional with allocate free space, convert dynamic disk to basic, dynamic disk and volumes management, etc.

Lucas · Staff Editor
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