Flash Drive Connects/Disconnects rapidly


  1. Posts : 40
    Win 10
       #1

    Flash Drive Connects/Disconnects rapidly


    I have a flash drive that works on any of my PC's except my laptop.
    When I plug it into the laptop, it makes a rapid connect/disconnect sound endlessly.
    It will not show up as a drive either in File Explorer or as a device.
    I did a chkdsk on it with another PC, and it found no prob's.
    I've tried every tweak possible to get my laptop to see this flash drive.
    * update USB drivers
    * change power settings
    * try other USB ports
    * remove and reinstall all USB controllers
    * try to find better drivers using Windows update
    This is an older laptop and I'm unable to get updated drivers from the manufacturer's website.
    Has this issue come up before?
    This has been going on for a year or more and I've just worked around it, but I'd like to resolve it if possible...

    This is a Windows 10 machine, Home ver. 10.0.19045 Build 19045
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  2. NTN
    Posts : 972
    W10 19045.2546
       #2

    In Device Manager, expand “Universal Serial Bus controllers.”
    Right-click all the options that have “Host Controller” in them and uninstall them.
    Reboot your PC, and your USB controllers will reinstall on your PC automatically.
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  3. Posts : 40
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Have done that multiple times.
    Tricky, because I lose my mouse when I do that.
    But after I get it restarted there is no change...
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  4. Posts : 4,782
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
       #4

    In addition, start a Command Prompt as Admin and type the bold commands and press Enter individually
    DISM /Online /CLEANUP-IMAGE /RestoreHealth when that is done, then type
    SFC /scannow

    This will replace any missing System Files pertaining to USB and other files.
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  5. NTN
    Posts : 972
    W10 19045.2546
       #5

    But other USBs works fine?
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  6. Posts : 40
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Forgot to mention I've done the DISM and SFC things too -- they found no prob's.

    Yes -- other flash drives work just fine.
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  7. NTN
    Posts : 972
    W10 19045.2546
       #7

    BobHalverson said:
    Forgot to mention I've done the DISM and SFC things too -- they found no prob's.

    Yes -- other flash drives work just fine.
    Then your PC and that USB is not best friends...
    May because of the USB is starting get old and faulty, and your PC is a little more sensitive then other PCs.

    To clear its(USB) attribute, start a Command Prompt (cmd) run as Administrator, and enter the following commands:

    DISKPART
    LIST VOLUME
    SELECT VOLUME X (X is the number of the USB volume)
    ATTRIBUTES DISK clear readonly
    EXIT
    If this doesn't help, try to format the disk.
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  8. Posts : 40
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    NTN said:
    Then your PC and that USB are not best friends...
    Maybe 'cause the USB is starting get old and faulty, and your PC is a little more sensitive than other PCs.

    To clear its(USB) attribute, start a Command Prompt (cmd) run as Administrator, and enter the following commands:

    DISKPART
    LIST VOLUME
    SELECT VOLUME X (X is the number of the USB volume)
    ATTRIBUTES DISK clear readonly
    EXIT

    If this doesn't help, try to format the disk.
    Will I lose data on the flash drive if I do this?
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  9. NTN
    Posts : 972
    W10 19045.2546
       #9

    Yes.
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  10. Posts : 40
    Win 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    OK, I will be moving the data tomorrow to another flash drive (using a PC other than my laptop).
    Will then try clearing the USB attribute(s) or reformatting to see if I can bring this flash drive back to life.

    Thanks for the guidance...

    - - - Updated - - -

    Just to confirm, I know I will lose data if I reformat.
    But will I also lose data if I clear the USB attribute(s)?
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