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[SOLVED] Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk Error

Usually, when you insert a pen drive into PC, it is assigned a drive letter, and the content of the pen drive can be accessed via Windows File Explorer. Sometimes, the pen drive or USB drive doesn’t work at all, and you will face the Insert Disk error message that prevents you from accessing the content/data inside the drive.

Fix Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk USB Error

Chances are you may be facing the pop-up which says “Repair this drive, and We found an error on this drive. To prevent data loss, repair this drive now” via Windows Error Checking. Usually, users ignore this error as they can easily access the pen drive without any issue. After a few disconnects and reconnect, you are tempted to resolve this error, and that’s why you agree to this repair action. But the repair fails in the middle and from that point on, you couldn’t access the content/data of the USB drive.

Repair this drive, We found error on this drive. To prevent data loss, repair this drive now

Now whenever you connect your USB drive its name doesn’t even show up instead only Removable Disk is shown and if you try to access your USB by double-clicking or explore you will face the following error message:

Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk [drive letter]

If you try to open The disk’s Properties, there will be no disk space used, nor will there be any available. In short, you will see 0 bytes used and 0 bytes available. You can’t even format your USB as you will receive the error message “Windows was unable to complete the format”. Other then this sometimes the drive letter is reserved for Windows and if that is the case, then simply changing the drive letter will fix this error.

In many cases, users also faced the above scenario when they first used their pen drive as a bootable USB, and once they try to connect the pen drive to their PC, they are faced with the above Insert Disc error message. So without wasting any time let’s see how to actually Fix Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk USB Error with the help of below-listed troubleshooting guide.

[SOLVED] Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk Error

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Change USB device drive letter

1. Press Windows Key + R then type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter to open Disk Management.

diskmgmt disk management

2. Right-click on your USB Drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Right-click on Removable Disk (SD Card) and select Change Drive Letter and Paths

3. Next, click on Change and select any drive letter (except the current one) from the drop-down and click OK.

Select the CD or DVD drive and click on Change

Now change the Drive letter to any other letter from the drop-down

4. Click Yes to close the warning and continue.

5. Close Disk Management and again try to access your USB drive.

Method 2: Repair and Recover Content

Download JetFlash Online Recovery and run the .exe file. Choose the drive size and click Next to continue. Although it was primarily made for Transcend removable drives, it still works with all other drives, but there is no guarantee so continue at your own risk. It’s possible that other manufacturer’s have their own software, for example, if you have an HP USB drive then use this software: HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.

Method 3: Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

1. Press the Windows key + R button to open the Run dialogue box.

2. Type ‘control‘ and then press Enter.

control pannel

3. Open control panel and search Troubleshooting in the Search Bar on the top right side and click on Troubleshooting.

troubleshooting hardware and sound device

4. Next, click on View all in the left pane.

5. Click and run the Troubleshooter for Hardware and Device.

select Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

6. The above Troubleshooter may be able to Fix Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk USB Error.

Method 4: Format the Drive

1. Press Windows Key + X then select Command Prompt (Admin).

Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter after each one:

Diskpart
List Disk
Select Disk # (Note: Replace # with the number of your USB drive)
Clean
Create Partition Primary
Select Partition 1
Active
Format FS=NTFS
Assign
Exit

Format the SD card or USB drive using Command Prompt

3. Safely remove and reconnect your USB drive and see if you’re able to Fix Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk USB Error.

Method 5: Delete Volume

1. Press Windows Key + R then type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

diskmgmt disk management

2. Right-click on your USB drive and select Delete Volume.

Right-click on your USB drive and select Delete Volume

3. Click Yes to continue with the process.

4. Disconnect and again re-connect your USB drive and see if you’re able to access it.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk USB Error but if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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