2210Make Your Computer Recognize an USB Drive

Have you ever plugged in your USB drive to backup files, load data, save your music or any of these necessary things. But sometimes we get an error message saying that "USB Drive not found". Here’s how you can fix that frustrating problem without the assistance of a computer technician. In a few simple steps you can make your computer recognize the USB drive.


  • Plug in your USB drive into any one of the USB port on your computer. Give it a few second to be recognized by your computer.
  • Locate "My Computer." It is likely an icon on your desktop. If it is not on your desktop, click on the "Start" button and "My Computer" will be listed there.
  • Right click on "My Computer"(which is mostly listed on the left side of the screen) and find "Manage."
  • Select "Manage" and the Computer Management box will open. Two panes are visible in Computer Management.
  • Near the end of the right pane, you will see "Disk Management." Click on "Disk Management."
  • The USB drive will show up at the very bottom of the right pane. Right click the USB drive box and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths" from the right click context menu.
  • In the "Change Drive Letter and Paths," select "Change" at the bottom of the box. A drop down box will appear showing you all the drive letters that are available. Choose any one and click "OK.
  • A warning box will appear asking you if you are sure you want to do this. Select "Yes".
  • Close the "Computer Management" box.
  • Reopen "My Computer" and your USB drive will be there with a new drive letter which you assigned to it.

  • NOTE:

  • Always be sure to click on the Remove USB Device in the Taskbar before unplugging your USB Drive.
  • If you cannot find the Remove USB Device (it has a little green checkmark on it) or go to My Computer and right click on your USB drive and select Eject.