"USB does not show any media in Disk Management"
“I just bought a Kingston 4GB USB stick. When the drive is plugged in, it goes through the usual device detection process and opens a pop-up window indicating that the device is installed and ready to use. The device appears in Windows Explorer as a removable disk (H:).
However, when I click on the device, I get a popup "Please insert a disk into device H:". In properties, free space and used space are all 0. Disk Management shows H: but says "No media" and no partitions. Does anyone have USB without media to fix Windows 7/8/10?
Possible causes for the USB Out of Media issue
When a USB drive shows "No Media" in Disk Management, it means the computer cannot communicate with the drive normally. It is an empty drive for the computer and you will lose all access to the data stored on the USB drive. In general, the possible causes of this problem mainly include:
1.A bad or loose connection between the port and the USB drive.
2.The USB driver is outdated or not properly installed.
3.Forcibly disconnect the USB drive without ejecting or safely removing the USB drive from the computer.
4.contagion of the virus.
5.MBR or PBR of the damaged device.
6.Insufficient power supply from USB port.
7.Connecting multiple USB drives to a computer causes USB port overload and then USB No Media issue.
8.There are some bad sectors on the USB drive.
9.Bad flash drive. A media error does not occur if the flash controller cannot communicate with the drive's NAND flash memory. Windows then treats the drive as an empty drive.
10The USB device is disabled in the BIOS.
7 Fixes for Medialess USB in Windows 7/8/10/11
Now that you know what can trigger this issue, you may be curious about how to fix USB no media issue in Windows 10, 8, 7. For your convenience, we have put together some effective solutions. You can try them one by one until you fix this problem.
First, try some quick fixes:
▸Try a different USB port to see if it is the inactive port that is causing the USB Media Missing error.
▸Make sure the USB connection is tight enough.
▸Run antivirus software to remove potential viruses or malware.
▸Provide an independent external power source for the USB device.
If you are lucky, the USB problem will be fixed and you can save a lot of time or money. If not, then relax and check out the solutions below now.
- Solution 1. Update USB Driver/Reinstall USB in Device Manager
- Solution 2. Change USB controller properties in Disk Management
- Solution 3. Change Drive Letter and Run CHKDSK to Fix Hard Drive Errors
- Solution 4. Rebuild MBR for USB Drive
- Solution 5. Format USB Media Drive 0
- Solution 6. Check if USB fails
- Solution 7. Enable USB device in BIOS
Solution 1. Update USB Driver/Reinstall USB in Device Manager
If the USB device driver is outdated, the USB is likely not showing media either. You can update it in Device Manager.
1.Click the "Start" button, type "Device Manager" and press "Enter" and select it from the list of results.
2.Expand "Disk Controller" and locate the USB that doesn't show media in Disk Management. Right-click and choose Update Driver Software from the context menu.
If that doesn't make a difference, you can click "Uninstall" to uninstall the USB stick, unplug it from the computer, and plug it back in to see if it fixes the problem.
Solution 2. Change USB controller properties in Disk Management
Some users report that this method helps to solve USB media missing issue in their situations, so you may try it.
1.In Disk Management, right-click the USB drive and select Properties. In the next window, select the "Volume" tab. Then click on USB driver and "Properties".
2.In the Removable Disk Properties window that opens, go to the Hardware tab, click the USB drive in the All drives list, and click Properties.
3.In this window, click the "Volume" tab and then click "Fill". When you have filled all volume information about disk, type, status, partition style, etc., click "OK".
Finally, you will see the information displayed. Now you can check if USB no media issue is fixed.
Solution 3. Change Drive Letter and Run CHKDSK to Fix Hard Drive Errors
Even if the USB stick is not partitioned, you will still see a drive letter assigned to the entire drive. You can now try to change drive letter and run CHKDSK to fix disk errors.
First change the letter of the USB drive
1.Press "Windows + R" at the same time, type "diskmgmt.msc" and press "Enter" to open Disk Management.
2.Right-click on the USB stick and select "Change drive letter and paths...".
3.In the pop-up window, click "Change" and assign a new drive letter to the partition.
4.Click "OK" to confirm the operation.
Second, run CHKDSK to fix USB errors
1.Click the Search box, type cmd, right-click the Command Prompt icon and select Run as administrator.
2.In the Command Prompt window, type "chkdsk g: /f /r /x" and press "Enter" where the "g" is the drive letter of your USB device.
Solution 4. Rebuild MBR for USB Drive
If it's the corrupted MBR that causes the USB not showing media in Disk Management, you can use to rebuild itPattern of AOMEI Partition Assistant🇧🇷 This powerful free disk management tool makes it easy to rebuild or repair MBR for external hard drives and USB drives. Everything is ready with just a few clicks.
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1.Download, install and run the free software. Right-click the USB drive and select "Rebuild MBR".
2.Select the MBR type for your current operating system.
3.Click "Apply" -> "Next" to execute the pending operations.
Solution 5. Format USB Media Drive 0
If the above medialess USB solutions don't fix your problem, then you need to format it. Formatting will erase all data on the drive. Therefore, it is recommended to recover data from drive without using mediaData recovery softwareIf possible and create a backup. You can also use AOMEI Partition Assistant to do the formatting task.
1.Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant, select the partition on the USB drive and click "Format Partition" on the left panel.
2.In the pop-up windows, choose a file system. Then click "OK" to continue.
3.Click "Apply" -> "Next" to execute the operation.
Solution 6. Check if USB fails
If the flash controller doesn't communicate with the NAND flash in the drive, the USB usually doesn't show any media or partitions in Disk Management either.
So, you need to check if this USB drive fails soon. AOMEI Partition Assistant can also help you with this. You just need to select the USB drive on the main interface of this software and then select "Surface Test" from the list.
Solution 7. Enable USB device in BIOS
If the USB device is disabled in the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), it may also show No Media in Disk Management or sometimes thisunrecognized USB devicean error message appears. In this case, you can enable it in BIOS to restore USB port function.
First, restart your computer and enter BIOS. Look for "USB Keyboard Support" on the motherboard and change the status from "Disabled" to "Enabled". Finally, press the F10 key to save changes and exit BIOS.
With these quick and technical USB No Media Fixes Windows 7/8/10/11, you can easily fix USB No Media issues. Of course, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is more versatile and offers various easy solutions. and it's progressedPro-Versionoffers even more amazing features likeLost hard drive partition recovery, OS migration to SSD drive, 4k SSD deployment and more.