➣ About this error
➣ Causes for the" There's a problem with this drive" error
➣ There is a problem with this drive – how to fix?
➣ Wrapping things up
About this error
When you plug removable disk (eg: USB drive, SD card) into your computer, you may
receive an error message saying “There is a problem with this drive. Scan
the drive now and fix it.” (As shown below)
After you receive this error, your device will be inaccessible in most cases. And it
commonly occurs on Windows 8/8.1/10. If you use Windows 7 or previous version, you
will get a longer message in the following that expresses the same meaning.
Do you want to scan and fix removable disk [drive letter]?
There might be a problem with some files on this device or disc. This can
happen if you remove the device or disc before all files have been written to
Causes for the" There's a problem with this drive" error
Every error will have its causes, there is a problem with this drive is not an exception. Want to know what is the cause of your problem? You can see below and
I’ll list some possible causes.
Remove the device without using Safely remove the hardware
Remove the device abruptly.
Use the device on different computers, cameras or game
The device is infected by the virus.
The file system is damaged or corrupted. In this situation,
you will encounter some errors like “The file or directory is corrupted or
unreadable” or “The parameter is incorrect” first.
There is a problem with this drive – how to fix?
As mentioned above, when you accept this error for the first time, your device will be inaccessible. That’s to say, your data will get lost if there is something wrong.
Thus, I suggest you recovering data with Partition Recovery
Wizard first. It can minimize your losses.
There is a problem with this drive - scan and fix
When you click the Metro UI popup error on Windows 8/10, you can see the following window. Click Scan and fix (recommended) option and then Repair drive under error checking box. At last, just wait and click Close to exit.
Use the Quick Removal option
Step 1. Type device manager in the search box and select it.
Step 2. Click Disk drives on the Device Manager
Step 3. Right-click the listed USB drive or SD card and select Properties.
Step 4. Click the Policies tab and then Quick
removal on the Properties window. And then, click OK to apply the setting.
Troubleshoot hardware and devices
Hardware and Devices troubleshooter is a Windows built-in tool, which is used
to fix errors with external storage devices.
Step 1. Type Troubleshooter or Troubleshooting in
the search box and select it from the list.
Step 2. Click Configure a device under
the Hardware and Sound link.
Step 3. In the pop-up window, click Advanced and
tick Apply repair automatically.
Step 4. Click Next to start the pending
operation and repair the issues its find via the details and instructions.
Check and repair the file system
If your problem is caused by file system corruption, you can try the following
solutions and find the one which works for you.
Check option to fix there is a problem with this drive in Windows
Step 1. Right-click the USB dive or SD card and select Properties from
its context menu.
Step 2. Click the Tools tab andCheck option under the Error checking section. And then, pressOK to open the next window.
Step 3. Click Scan and repair drive option to
fix the issue.
CMD to fix there is a problem with this drive
Step 1. Type cmd in the search box,
right-click it and select Run as administrator.
Step 2. Type chkdsk F: /f /r and
Step 3. Type exit and press Enter.
Partition manager to fix there is a problem with this drive on SD
To fix file system corruption issue, you still can try free partition manager AOMEI Partition
Assistant. In this software, it offers you a feature called Check Partition, which can help find and repair missing or corrupted file system. All the steps are fixed and there is a little chance to make a mistake.
Step 1. Free download AOMEI
Partition Assistant Standard and open it.
Step 2. Right-click the partition you want to check,
select Advanced and Check Partition option.
Step 3. Tick one of the check options and click OK.
Step 4. In the window, click Yes to
restart now and wait for the final result.
Besides, you still can use it to fix other problems, such as, virtual disk service error the volume size is too big, Diskpart has encountered an error access is denied, extend volume is disable, and more.
However, you will find there are some problems you cannot fix with the free version of AOMEI Partition Assistant, including, convert system disk to GPT not available, convert to Basic Disk greyed out, and so on. In these cases, you are supposed to upgrade free partition manager to its paid version.
Wrapping things up
Reading here, I guess you might know how to fix there is a problem with this drive.
But this is not the only thing you need to do after you receive this error. If there
is something important data saved on the removable storage device, you need to
recover it first.