7 Solutions to Fix Please Insert Disk into USB Drive Error


Summary: When using USB flash, the error message you might receive is Please insert Disk into USB drive. But just hang on there, this article will focus on how to fix please insert a disk into USB drive. Read carefully of this article and hope you can get a clue to fix the errors.

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Any Windows user would agree the fact that USB flash drive is one of the most utilized partitions in saving files – documents, photos, audios and videos depending on the capacity size of the USB stick.

Nevertheless, it is also undeniable that USB flash drive is susceptible to numerous errors due to virus attack and the key to solve is causing the root of errors.

Four Causes to Please Insert Disk Into USB Drive error

A prompt message such as “please insert a disk into drive f” is a sudden and popular error that most users faced. Upon checking the drive’s Properties and both Used space and Free space show “0 bytes”. Even when you try to format, the process cannot be performed with this error message – “Windows was unable to complete the format”.

Let’s take a look at why the Please Insert Disk into USB Drive Errors occurred during using the USB flash drive.

Here are four reasons you need to know, henceforth, avoid such error again in the future.

  • USB drive attempts to get drive letter already assigned to a different partition
  • USB drive corrupted by virus infection or other factors
  • Your PC controller did not load the firmware of the USB drive successfully.
  • The USB drive was not increased by Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista.

After knowing the causes, then we can just follow below solutions to give a try.

Solve Please Insert Disk into USB drive Error thru Change Drive Letter and Paths…

  • Log in to account with administrative privileges
  • Plug in USB flash drive in the USB port
  • Go to My Computer or This PC > Manage > Disk Management
  • Right-click USB flash drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths
  • Change the drive letter into an unusually assigned letter to the drive e.g U: or Y: (drive letter not assigned to another drive on windows).

Solve Please Insert Disk into USB drive Error thru inserting the USB drive before Windows Start

Caution: Ensure that the USB drive is not set as the priority boot device. This may cause Windows hanging upon login. If the Windows hang, remove immediately the USB drive and insert again when the Windows starts.

Solve Please Insert Disk into USB drive Error thru Cooling and Heating the USB Drive

  • Insert USB drive to PC and use a hair dryer to heat up the USB.
  • Wait for at least 2 minutes and remove and insert again the USB drive for few times. Check if you can now access your files.
  • If the former procedure does not work, remove your USB drive and coll off for a while and try to insert and remove for few times again. See if it works this time.

If the above solutions couldn’t work to solve the Please insert disk into USB drive error, don’t be nervous, you can still rely on third-party data recovery software to restore your vital data on it.

Solve Please Insert Disk into USB drive error using Bitwar Data Recovery

Here we recommend you to use Bitwar Data Recovery, a most reliable software tool that saves both files and time with zero worries. The software has easy steps to recover lost files. You just need to download the software from the official website and then install it on the computer. Thereafter, follow below steps to recover lost files from inaccessible USB flash drive.

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Step 1. Select device or drive where you wish to recover your lost data

Step 2. Select a recovery mode and choose your target recovering file types (e.g. document or photo)

Step 3. Scan and preview the data, then hit the recover button and save the data into different device or partition.

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Once saved your lost files to computer, it’s time to proceed in various quick solutions to make the USB flash drive visible again on your computer.

Fix inaccessible USB drive by using Format

  • Insert the USB drive into the computer and right-click “My Computer” or “This PC” and select
  • Go to Disk Management
  • Right-click on your USB drive and click Format
  • Enter the new file name of the USB drive in the Volume Label and use the correct file system. Click OK once done.

Fix inaccessible USB Drive using Diskpart

  • On the search box of Start Menu and type “cmd” for Command Prompt.
  • Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator. Click
  • In the Command Prompt Window, type the following enumerated below and click Enter after each command:
  • diskpart
  • list disk
  • select disk f (F is the drive letter assigned to your USB drive)
  • clean
  • In the search box of Start Menu again, type “partitions” and click Create and format disk partitions
  • Right-click your USB drive marked as “Unallocated”
  • Select New Simple Volume.
  • The last step, follow the step-by-step setup until you can format your USB drive.

Fix Corrupted / Damaged USB drive using Manufacturer’s Repair Utility

Some USB Manufacturer websites offer repair utilities that allow the users to solve the error. These utilities include internet connection and propriety algorithm of the manufacturer.

Last note: It is highly recommended that you FIRST recover your files before performing any Quick Solutions. It would be easy to retrieve the files before any process done that can alter the system of the USB drive.


Bitwar Data Recovery is with you in the recovering your files. Also, protect your USB drive from any virus or malware programs. We hope that your problem please insert a disk into removable disk solved for good.

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  2. Great step by step guide, many solutions for it. I’ve had this issue multiple times, used different methods, but indeed the most comfortable method is through Bitwar, the first time I tested it with the trial version, but ended up doing the life-time purchased haha, not sure if it’s weird or just me, but I do use it too often, with external drives, USB, Cards, phones, so worth it!

  3. To the people with the same issue, is 100 % recommended to use the software. The other methods were too complicated, I tried them a bit, but computer stuff is not my thing. So anyways, there is a free trial very helpful for you test it and solve your problem very quickly, so was great for me, thanks.

  4. Definitely way more easy to use the bitwar software! I have to give 5 stars to this. BTW if I get this message too often, does it mean my USB drive is dying or something? Thank you for your solutions!

    • Hi, Rory, please make sure you have used our data recovery software to recover the data from the USB drive you have, and after that, make sure to use format or Diskpart to fix the USB drive that is often caused to the error prompt, if these solutions still don’t work to resolve your issue, you probably need to save your vital data temporarily to other portable storage device or purchase the new USB flash drive. Thanks.

      • Hello again! I followed your steps, recover the data, then format, then keep using the USB, the problem was while formatting, since I was using the wrong format or something like that, bur the software did great, all the job well done, thank you for the fast reply!

  5. Hey, I was worried that I had my USB drive plugged in before starting the PC, then it was all black and never got to windows, now I know is due to the motherboard config. Thank you for the help!

  6. So true! Every time I need to take my flash drive to classes it comes back as a mess, I have lost my files so many times because of this issue! This time I found this article, read it all, and found out that the most simple way is just downloading the program and let it do all the job, will definitely keep using it with my flash drive, thank you!


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