“My USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting in Windows 10 after I connect it. Is there a solution? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.”
If your USB drive keeps disconnecting itself and then automatically reconnecting every second or so, the first thing you need to do is to ensure if it works on another computer. If it runs well, the USB device itself is fine.
Besides, you can also connect another working USB drive to the original computer to check if the USB connection is working properly. If the USB disconnects and reconnects again after a few seconds, there may be a hardware or driver problem with your computer. Rest assured, we’ve gathered some common solutions below.
- Way 1: Reinstall Universal Serial Bus controllers driver
- Way 2: Turn off Power Saving Option for the USB driver
- Way 3: Set USB selective suspend as Disabled mode
- Way 4: Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
- Way 5: through Command Line
- Way 6: Scanning and repairing USB drive
- Way 7: Format USB drive
Way 1: Reinstall Universal Serial Bus controllers driver
Step 1: Open Device Manager in Windows 10.
Step 2: Find and expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers, right-click your USB Device (In my case, it is Standard USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller) and choose the Uninstall device option from the pop-up list.
Please note that the USB name might be different on a different system. For example, it might be a USB Mass Storage Device.
Step 3: Click the Uninstall button to uninstall it.
Restart your PC and check if the USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting in Windows 10 problem has been fixed. If yes, that’s great! If the issue still persists, please move on to solution 2.
Way 2: Turn off Power Saving Option for the USB driver
Step 1: Go to Device Manager interface, expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers section, right-click the Standard USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller option and click Properties.
Step 2: Switch to the Power Management tab and uncheck the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power box. Click OK to save the changes you made.
After finishing these steps, you need to restart the PC to see if USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting in Windows 10 issue disappears. If yes, then congrats! If the problem persists, go to the next method.
Way 3: Set USB selective suspend as Disabled mode
Step 1: Open Power Options in Windows 10.
Step 2: Click the Change plan settings in the right pane of the window.
Step 3: Click the Change advanced power settings in Edit Plan Settings.
Step 4: Look for and expand USB settings, choose the USB selective suspend setting and select Disabled option in the Setting field. Click Apply followed by OK to keep the changes.
Reconnect your USB drive to the USB ports and see if your USB drive can work properly.
Way 4: Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
Step 1: Open Settings app in Windows 10. Click Update & Security option.
Step 2: Choose the Troubleshoot option on the left side of the window and click the Run the troubleshooter option under the Hardware and Devices directory.
Step 3: Follow the instructions on the screen to operate, this will start detecting and fixing the problems.
After that, restart the computer and reconnect the USB flash drive. This should resolve your USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting in Windows 10 issue.
Way 5: through Command Line
Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator in Windows 10.
Step 2: In the Command Prompt window, type the command (sfc / scannow) and press Enter.
Restart the PC, reconnect the USB flash drive and see if you are able to get rid of the USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting in Windows 10 issue.
Way 6: Scanning and repairing USB drive
Step 1: Open “This PC/Computer“, right-click the USB drive and choose Properties.
Step 2: Select the Tools tab and click Check option under the Error-checking.
Step 3: Click Scan and repair drive to begin scanning and repairing errors.
Step 4: And your drive was successfully scanned.
Way 7: Format USB drive
Step 1: Insert your USB drive to your PC port. Right-click it and choose Format… option.
Step 2: Click the Start button to start formatting this USB drive.
Step 3: Click OK to confirm that you format the disk.
Step 4: Once the formatting is complete, click OK to close the window.
That’s it. One of the solutions listed above should fix the problem for your USB drive keeps disconnecting and reconnecting in Windows 10. If you still have problems, please leave a comment below and we will work together to solve the problem.
See this video for details: 7 Fixed Solutions – USB Drive Keeps Disconnecting and Reconnecting in Windows 10