Today, when I attached one of the old pen drives to the PC, it didn’t show in This PC/My Computer/File Explorer. I disconnected and connected it again, reboot my pc, and tried to access the pen drive in safe mode, but none of them worked.
I read 5 to 6 top articles on google but all those articles told me to perform several tasks but none of them helped me. Finally, I decided to research and fix this issue myself. After spending half an hour, I fixed it myself. So, I decided to share it with others so that they could also fix the USB stick not listed in File Explorer.
Method 1: Use Advanced System Repair Tool
If File Explorer is not listing your USB drive, it means something bad happened on your PC so, your computer is not able to recognize and list your USB device.
Missing system files, outdated drivers, registry problems, malware/viruses, incorrect system settings, etc, are the most suitable reason behind USB Devices not recognizing problems. You must use Advanced System Repair Tool to fix these Windows problems.
3 Steps to Fix this Error
Step 2. SCAN your Windows PC
Step 3. Click Fix button to Repair Error
Method 2: Assign Driver Letter and Path
Most of the time, due to unknown reasons, Windows can’t assign a drive letter to your external USB stick or pen driver. Due to this reason, the USB stick can’t be listed in file explorer.
Method 3: Re-install the USB driver
If the problem still persists, you should re-install the driver again. You can do it using the Device manager window.
Method 4: Format the Pen drive using the command prompt
You might need to format your USB stick using the elevated command prompt. After formatting a USB device, a new file system will be installed automatically.
⛔ Caution: A wrong selection may delete your entire primary drive.
diskpartto start disk operation.
select disk 2
select volume 6
format fs=ntfs quick
This tutorial solves the problem of the USB Stick/Pen Drive does not appear in This PC/My Computer/File Explorer. There are several methods are explained in this article that will help you to figure out this problem.