USB Thumb Drive is Not Showing UP in Windows 10/8/7

Sometimes when you insert your USB flash drive to Windows 7, you may wonder why you cannot see it in "My Computer". Then, you go to "Disk Management", and you may find it show as an unknown device there. What is wrong with it? Are you wondering if you can make the USB flash drive show in "My Computer"? Or are you looking for a way to recover the files from the USB flash drive when it is not showing up?

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Fix #1 - Recover Data from USB Flash Drive That Is Not Working

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Step1.Plug the USB flash drive to your computer. Download, install and launch the data recovery software and select a recovery module.

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Step2. Choose the USB drive and let the software scan. You only need to wait when the software is scanning.

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Step3. You can preview the files after scanning and choose the files lost on the USB to save them to another device.

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Fix #2 - Change Drive Letter to USB Flash Drive

One possible reason why USB flash drive cannot show up in "My Computer" is that the Windows give the USB a drive letter that has been in use, so you can try to change drive letter to the USB flash drive to resolve the problem.

How to change drive letter to USB drive?

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1. Right click "This PC" and select "Manage".
2. Select "Disk Management" and then you can see all connected physical drive. You can also see their drive letter, type, file system, status, capacity and more.
3. Right click USB flash drive and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths…".
4. Click "Change" button so that you can assign a drive letter to the USB flash drive.

Fix #3 - Reconnect Pen Stick to Windows 10/8/7

The simplest way is to reconnect the USB flash drive to your computer, which may solve the problem. You can also disconnect the USB drive and reboot your computer, and then reconnect it to your computer to another USB port. In addition, if you have connected two USB flash drives to your computer, you had better unplug another one to avoid possible conflict.

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Case about USB Drive Not Showing up in Windows

"My Kingston 16GB USB flash drive is not showing up in my computer after connecting to Windows 7. System displays it as unknown healthy device under Disk Management, but it disables me to access the drive for any data. I tried to connect another flash drive to the same computer and it cannot be recognized normally, so I am sure there is nothing wrong with my computer. How can I fix the problem with data back?"
"The USB flash drive is not showing up on my PC which runs Win 7 operating system. I checked the Disk Management, but no information about my USB flash drive shows up there. I have searched for some solutions online but none of them did a help. Please tell me the way to recover data on the USB flash drive."


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