When USB Drive Not Showing Up, Can You Recover Data

I have encountered this issue for a while. I plug something into a USB port (portable HDD, camera, etc.) and I can’t access it. I know the USB ports work because my wireless runs from the USB and my iPod also auto-loads through iTunes. Whenever I plug in my camera or HDD, however, I get nothing except a notice that I am connected. Anyone have any ideas how I might be able to troubleshoot this? I have checked all over and have updated device drivers

This is a typical case we found on Microsoft Community. We also find this post is viewed by nearly 90,000 people. This obviously shows that USB drive not showing up becomes a common issue that draws much attention of the public.


Noticing this, we decide to write the following content to try to help.

How to Deal with USB Drive Not Showing up Issue

The first reaction of some people would be trying every possible means to fix the problem when they find their USB drive is not showing up after connecting it to computer. But, we don’t think this is a great idea.

On the contrary, we think that many people may make mistakes during problem fixing process and this could lead to serious data loss. It gets worse if you finished fixing the drive problem and make it detected successfully, only to find some of the crucial data disappear unexpectedly. In view of this, we advise you to recover data from USB at first.


But how? There is a good way.

Firstly, you should open Disk Management to see whether your USB drive is displayed here.

*– If you still can’t see it here, please read all the possible reasons introduced in USB Flash Drive Not Recognized – Don’t Worry Too Much and then troubleshot it.
*– If it does show up here, you should free download USB data recovery software – MiniTool Power Data Recovery – and start recovery immediately.

Secondly, look at the prompt messages written in each interface to carry out USB recovery easily.


Thirdly, after you saw a prompt indicating that the recovery is finished in software, you can go to check whether all the files you need is recovered and then end the recovery process.

Reading here, you must know how to react when USB drive not showing up problem really hits on you, right? Hope you all can recover data from USB successfully with the methods mentioned here.