So when it comes to external USB devices, a common error that can come up is “USB Device Not Recognized”. Well, if that’s you, then you’re in luck because you’ve come to the right place today. I’m going to be giving you the top three methods that you can use to fix this error.

USB Device Not Recognized

Method Number 1 (How Fix USB Device Not Recognized By Windows 10)

This method is going to be removing as many fail points along the chain of conductivity as possible by just plugging your USB drive directly into your computer.

USB HUBS

While they can be an amazing way to expand your computer’s IO Capacity, they can be a point of failure, especially if you don’t have the necessary power for your connectivity needs. And so a simple test you can do is to remove the USB drive from the hub and connect it to one of the ports on your PC and see if that solves the error.

And if it does fix the problem then it will be both good and bad news. It means that your USB device is not broken, but the USB hub is the problem. And you’ll likely need to invest in a powered USB hub or strip that is capable of handling multiple USB devices at one time with no issue.

Now, some additional troubleshooting that you can try beyond this is To try both USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports. So depending on the age of the drive and the technology that it’s using, this could provide some advantage and even cause a solution to be found for the issue or what you could even do is try and connect it to the USB ports on the back of your computer, which would be just essentially connecting it directly to your motherboard, which is another way that you can troubleshoot the whole USB hub issue and make sure that it’s not an issue with the USB drive itself.

Method Number 2 (How Fix USB Device Not Recognized By Windows 10)

All right. So next up on the list is for all of my laptop users out there

Making sure that your computer is not selectively limiting IO access for different ports to save power. So the laptops of today come packed with lots of amazing features. However, it comes at the expense of power from the battery, of course. So to combat this features have been implemented into a lot of modern windows PCs that limit the power drive certain features in order to save power and extend battery life.

And sometimes this can even include USB ports through a feature called a selective suspend, which disables ports to save power. Now, the obvious problem here is that the wrong port could be disabled at the wrong time, resulting in an interruption of connectivity between the two devices.

It’s not common, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility. And so disabling this feature could in fact solve the issue. And here’s how to do it.


USB Device Not Recognized

Click the start button and search > Edit power plan > Hit the first result and click “Advance power settings” > Then expand the USB settings and then the USB selective suspend setting > And just go ahead and disable it and click apply.


USB Device Not Recognized

USB Device Not Recognized

Now if disabling selective suspend actually allows your USB drive to be recognized by the computer. Once again, then you know that that was the issue and you should probably leave it disabled at the expense of battery life because it’s safer for your files and for your drive.

Method Number 3 (How Fix USB Device Not Recognized By Windows 10)

All right. So the third and final solution goes for desktop users as well as laptop users. And that is to update your bios.

Now you’re probably asking yourself what in the world is the bios well, without getting too technical on you, the bios is essentially a small chip on your motherboard that essentially fires everything up all at once. As soon as you turn on your PC, I, it’s a critical way that all of the components of your computer talk to one another, including all of the inputs and outputs on the back of the motherboard, as well as on the front of your computer.

And so keeping that in mind, if you have an outdated bios version, that can cause a lot of hiccups in not just the way that USB devices are recognized on your computer, but really the functionality of your computer as a whole. And so if you check your current bios version against the current version of whatever bios you happen to have, and it is out of date, then an update is definitely an order.

Now, something important that I really have to get clear here is that these next steps that I’m about to go over should be used as general guidelines as a supplement to official instructions from your motherboard manufacturer, failure to adhere to proper procedure or a sudden loss in power.

While you’re trying to update your bios can be catastrophic for your computer and cause a brick or even cause something like a motherboard replacement to be in order. So if you have any doubts at all, or you’re not confident in your ability to update your bios, that it may be beneficial to have it professionally done.

But if you do want to give it a shot yourself, then here are some general instructions that you can follow to get the task done.

Press the windows key and S and search Ms. Info > Then open system information and take note of the bios version. Then go to the website of your computers manufacturer and check the latest bios version available for your machine. Every manufacturer will have a different update process.

Some will provide an automatic updater and others will require a manual update, which can be more difficult, but that’s really the gist of it. Once you actually get the individual instructions from your manufacturer or your motherboard manufacturer to actually update your bios and you do it successfully, then go ahead and give the USB drive another shot. And if it’s fixed well, then you’re good to go.

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