How to Solve USB Flash Drive Not Showing Up in Windows 10?

August 1, 2018

This paper demonstrates how to solve USB flash drive is not showing up or recognized in Windows 10 problem with simple and effective ways.


“I have a SanDisk USB 3.0 flash drive and want to use it to backup the files on my local D drive. But I cannot find out the USB flash drive when I open File Explorer in Windows 10 after insert it to my computer. Why my USB flash drive is not showing up in Windows 10 File Explorer? How to fix it? Is there any advice?”

Flash drive not showing in File Explorer but in Disk Management

To learn more about the USB flash drive connected your Windows computer, type “diskmgmt.msc” and hit “Enter” to enter Disk Management. When the USB flash drive appears in Disk Management, you can try one or more solutions below according on specific situation.

Assign Drive letter to USB flash drive partition

If your USB flash drive shows normally in Disk Management without drive letter, it won’t display in File Explorer. At this time, it is simple to solve this issue by following steps below:

1. Right click the USB flash drive partition and select “Change Drive Letter and Path…”.

2. In the pop-up window, click “Add” and choose a proper drive letter. Then, click “OK”.

Assign Drive Letter to USB Flash Drive

3. After assigning drive letter to USB flash drive successfully, you can see and open it within File Explorer.

PS.:If Disk Management is unable to assign drive letter, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant to perform this task.

Format USB flash drive to NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT

When the USB flash drive has been formatted with unrecognized file system or it has no file system, it won’t shows up properly and cannot be opened. Thus, you need to format the USB flash drive with file system recognized by Windows. It is available to format USB flash drive using Disk Management. But it is with some restrictions. For example, it can’t format partition beyond 32GB to FAT32. Thus, it is advised to apply third party professional and reliable tool – AOMEI Partition Assistant. It can break the limit of 32GB and can delete or create second partition on SD card or USB flash drive. Let’s have a closer look at how it works.

PS.:Formatting will make all data on the USB flash drive gone.

1. Download and install AOMEI Partition Assistant. Run it, right click the flash drive partition that you need to format and choose “Format Partition”.

Format USB Flash Drive

2. Among listed file system, choose an appropriate one. Then, click “OK” button.

Choose NTFS

3. Go back to the main interface. Confirm and click “Apply” to perform the operation.

Flash drive not showing up in Disk Management

When the USB flash drive is not detected in Windows 10 Disk Management, connect it to other computers to see whether it appears. If it display, it means that the flash drive is well and you can try the solutions presented in the following context.

Try another USB port for USB flash drive

USB flash drive not showing up may be out of broken USB port. Thus, you can remove USB flash drive and insert it to another USB port to see whether it is detected and showing up in Windows 10 File Explorer.

Enable USB Device in BIOS

If you have disabled the USB Interface in BISO to protect your computer, USB flash drive won’t appear. In such circumstance, you can enter BIOS settings to enable USB Device. Then, restart your computer and see if the USB flash drive is detected.

Update USB drives for the USB flash Drive

If the USB drives are out-dated, the USB flash drive can disappear from Disk Management. To update USB drives for your flash drive, press “Windows” + “R” simultaneously, input “devmgmt.msc” and hit “Enter” key to access Device Manager. In Device Manager, expandUniversal Serial Bus controllers (usually the last one) , right clickGeneric USB Hub and choose Update Driver Software....

Update Driver Software

Delete corrupted USB registry entry

USB flash drive not detected occurs can be a result of a corrupted registry entry. If so, you need to remove the bad registry key.

1. Run open box, input “regedit” and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

2. Go to the key below and delete it only.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentContolSet\Enum\USB\VID_0781&PID_7101 and/or VID_0000

3. Restart your Windows 10 computer and reconnect the USB flash drive to your computer.

PS.: If there is no such key under USB tab, exit from Registry Editor without modifying anything.

Wrap things up

USB flash drive not showing up in Windows 10 can be caused by many events like invalid USB port, missing drive letter, disabled USB Device in BIOS and so on. No matter what the reason is, it is necessary to calculate the most possible reasons firstly, thus you can fix this issue effectively and accordingly.