USB Drive not detected by Windows 10

  1. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    USB Drive not detected by Windows 10

    ACER laptop
    Windows 10 Version 1903

    I recently bought a USB thumb drive. Plugged it into one of the USB ports on my laptop and.....nothing. Doesn't show up in File Explorer, Windows doesn't even seem to detect that it's connected. I've tried all 3 USB ports. USB ports are detecting all other devices I've been using recently, so doesn't seem like a driver issue. Opened Disk Management and it doesn't show up there either. I got the drive pretty cheap - it's a PNY brand which might be unreliable. Still, it should at least be detected by Windows right? I don't get what the problem is, unless I'm missing something obvious (there don't appear to be any physical switches on the USB drive). Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  2. jumanji's Avatar
    Posts : 5,647
    Windows 10 Home 64bit Version 20H2

    Welcome to Ten Forums.

    In this case I would return it to the vendor and take my money back. ( Compare it to the prices with reputed vendors. If you got it cheap, it could be a fake. Buy only from reputed vendors.)
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  3. idgat's Avatar
    Posts : 914
    Windows 10 Pro

    Test in another device ... but I've a feeling it's going to have to be returned.

    Gave up using thumb drives years ago, totally unreliable and unstable. If they don't fail when you first plug them in, they're sure to fail when they're full of data.

    (Came across a user the other day who had the whole family's collection of years and years of images "backed up" on multiple thumb drives. Needless to say they're now on a USB HDD, and in the cloud for multiple device access).
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