By Emily / Last Updated April 30, 2019

“USB shows no media in Disk Management”

“I have just bought a 4GB Kingston USB pen drive. On inserting the drive, it goes through the usual process of recognizing the device and comes up with a pop-up saying that the device is installed and ready to use. The device appears in Windows Explorer as Removable Disk (H:).

However, When I click on the device a pop-up appears "Please insert a disk into device H:"In Properties Free Space and Used Space are all 0. In Disk Management shows H: but ‘No Media’ and no partition showing. Does anyone have any USB no media fix Windows 7/8/10?”

USB No Media

Possible causes

When a USB drive shows “No Media” in Disk Managements, it means the computer is not able to communicate with the drive as normal. It is an empty drive to the computer and you lose all accessibility to the saved data inside the USB drive. Generally, the possible causes for this issue mainly include:

1. A bad or lose connection between the port and the USB drive.

2. USB driver is out of date or not installed properly.

3. Unplug the USB drive forcefully without ejecting or safely removing the USB drive from computer.

4. Virus infection.

5. MBR or PBR of the device get damaged.

6. Insufficient power supply from the USB port.

7. Connecting multiple USB drives to one computer causes USB port overloading, then triggers the USB showing no media issue.

8. There are some bad sectors on the USB drive.

9. Failing flash drive. No Media error will also happen when the flash memory controller cannot communicate with the NAND flash memory on the drive. Then, Windows will treat the drive as an empty disk drive.

10. USB device is disabled in BIOS.

Effective USB no media fixes for Windows 7/8/10

After knowing what can generate this USB issue, you might be curious about how can you fix it. For your convenience, we gather some effective fixes. You can try them one by one until you resolve this problem.

First of all, try some quick fixes:

> Try another USB port to check if it is the dead port that causes USB no media error.

> Check whether the USB connection is tight enough.

> Run anti-virus software to clear possible virus or malware.

> Provide separate external power supply to the USB device.

If lucky enough, the USB issue will be fixed and much time or money can be saved. If not, relax and check out the solutions below now.

Solution 1. Update USB driver/Reinstall USB in Device Manager

If the USB device driver is outdated, the USB will also probably show no media. You can update it in Device Manager.

Step 1. Click the "Start" button, input "Device Manager" and hit "Enter", then select it from the result list.

Step 2. Expand "Disk driver" and locate the USB which shows no media in Disk Management. Right-click it and select "Update Driver Software" from context menu.

If this does not make any difference, you can click "Uninstall" to uninstall the USB, remove it from your computer, then insert it back again to check whether the problem can be fixed.

Update Driver

Solution 2. Change USB driver properties in Disk Management

Some users report this method helps solve USB no media issue in their situations, so you can give it a try.

Step 1. In the Disk Management, right click the USB drive and select “Properties”. In the subsequent window, choose “Volume” tab. Then click USB driver and “Properties”.

USB Properties

Step 2. In the following “Removable disk Properties” windows, go to “Hardware” tab, click the USB drive in the “All disk drives” list and then click “Properties”.

USB Hardware Properties

Step 3. In this window, click “Volume” tab and then “Populate”. When all the volume information about Disk, Type, Status, Partition style…are filled, click “OK”.

USB Device Properties

Finally, you will see the information is shown. Now you can check if the USB no media problem is fixed.

Volume Information

Solution 3. Change Drive Letter and run CHKDSK to repair disk errors

Although the USB does not have any partition, you will still see a drive letter is assigned to the whole drive. Now you can try changing the drive letter and then running CHKDSK to repair hard drive errors.

  • Part 1. Change drive letter of USB drive

Step1. Press "Windows + R" simultaneously, input "diskmgmt.msc" and hit "Enter" to open Disk Management.

Step 2. Right click on the USB and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths...".

Step 3. In the pop-up window, click "Change" and assign a new drive letter to the partition.

Step 4. Click "OK" to confirm the operation.

  • Part 2. Run CHKDSK to Repair USB Errors

Step1.Click the "Search" box, type "cmd", right click Command Prompt icon and select "Run as administrator".

Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, type "chkdsk g:/f" and press "Enter", where the “g” stands for the drive letter of your USB.

CHKDSK Disk Error

Solution 4. Rebuild MBR for the USB drive

If it is the damaged MBR that causes USB showing No media in Disk Management, you can rebuild it using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This powerful disk manager freeware makes it easy for you to rebuild or repair MBR for external hard drive and USB drives. Just within a few clicks, all is done.

Download the free software to rebuild MBR following the steps now.

Step1. Launch the freeware. Right click the USB drive and select "Rebuild MBR".

Rebuild Data Disk MBR

Step 2. Select the type of MBR for your current operating system.

Choose MBR Type

Step 3. Click "Apply"->"Proceed" to execute the pending operations.

Apply

Solution 5. Format the USB showing 0 bytes

If the aforementioned USB no media fixes do not resolve your problem, you will have to format it. Formatting will clear all data on the drive. Hence, it is advised to recover data from the no media disk using data recovery software if possible and make a backup. You can also use AOMEI Partition Assistant to fulfill the formatting task.

Step1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant, select the partition on the USB drive, click "Format Partition" in the left panel.

Format Partitoin

Step 2. In the pop-out windows, select a file system. Then click "OK" to continue.

FAT32 128GB USB

Step 3. Click "Apply"->"Proceed" to execute the process.

Solution 6. Check whether the USB is failing

Usually, when the flash memory controller is unable to communicate with the NAND flash memory inside the drive, the USB will also show no media and no partition will be displayed in Disk Management.

Therefore, you need to check if this USB drive is failing soon. AOMEI Partition Assistant can also help you with that. You just need to select the USB drive in the main interface of this software and then choose "Surface Test" from the list.

Surface Test

Solution 7. Enable USB device in BIOS

If the USB device is disable in BIOS (basic input/output system), it might also show No Media in Disk Management, or sometimes the USB device not recognized error message will pop up. In this case, you can enable it in the BIOS to restore the USB port function.

First of all, restart your computer and enter BIOS. Find “USB Keyboard Support” in the motherboard, then change the state from disable to enable. Finally, press the F10 key is used to save the changes and exit the BIOS.

Enable USB

Summary

With these quick and technical USB no media fixes Windows 7/8/10, you will be able to tackle with this issue easily. Obviously, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is more versatile with offering several easy solutions. And its advanced Pro version provides even more amazing functions like recovering lost partition, migrating OS to SSD drive, SSD 4k alignment and more.