USB Flash Drive Freezes Computer When Plugged In – How to Fix

Having a USB flash drive freeze your computer when plugged in can be frustrating. In this article, we will discuss how to fix this issue.

Try plugging the flash drive into a different USB port on your computer to see if it responds.

Repairing Bad Sectors on the USB Drive

To repair bad sectors on a USB drive, you can use the built-in Windows tool called Check Disk (Chkdsk). First, insert the USB drive into your computer and open a Command Prompt window as an administrator. Type “chkdsk /f X:” (replace X with the drive letter of your USB) and press Enter. This will scan and repair any bad sectors on the USB drive.

If the bad sectors are preventing you from accessing your data, you may need to use a data recovery tool to retrieve your files before running Chkdsk. Once the bad sectors are repaired, you can transfer your recovered data back to the USB drive.

It’s important to note that repairing bad sectors can sometimes result in data loss, so it’s always a good idea to back up your important files before attempting any repairs. Additionally, if the bad sectors persist after running Chkdsk, it may be a sign that the USB drive is failing and needs to be replaced.

Restoring the USB Drive to Normal by Formatting

To restore the USB drive to normal by formatting, follow these steps. First, plug in the USB drive to your computer. Open File Explorer and locate the USB drive. Right-click on the USB drive and select Format. Choose the file system you want to use (usually FAT32 for smaller drives and NTFS for larger ones). Click Start to begin the formatting process.

Once it’s finished, safely eject the USB drive from your computer. This should restore the USB drive to normal and fix any issues causing it to freeze your computer.

Troubleshooting Computer Freezes with USB Connection

– Check the USB flash drive for any physical damage or dust accumulation that may be causing the computer to freeze when plugged in.
– Test the flash drive on another computer to see if the issue is with the drive itself or the computer’s USB port.
– Update the device driver for the USB port on your computer by going to the Device Manager, finding the USB controller, and selecting “Update driver.”
– If the USB flash drive is freezing the computer when plugged in, try plugging it into a different USB port to see if the issue persists.
– If the problem continues, consider backing up the data on the flash drive and reformatting it to see if that resolves the freezing issue.
– In some cases, a virus or malware on the USB flash drive can cause the computer to freeze, so it’s important to run a full system scan using reliable antivirus software.
– If all else fails, consider seeking professional help for data recovery or replacing the USB flash drive if it’s determined to be the cause of the freezing.

Updating or Reinstalling USB Drivers

USB driver update process

Step Instructions
1 Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard and select “Device Manager” from the menu.
2 Expand the “Universal Serial Bus controllers” section.
3 Right-click on the USB drivers and select “Update driver.”
4 Follow the on-screen instructions to update the drivers.
5 If updating the drivers does not work, you can also try uninstalling the drivers and then restarting your computer to reinstall them automatically.
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