The driver detected a controller error [Fixed]

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Most peripherals are nowadays connected to the PC via USB. The USB controller or USB host controller is responsible for organizing the USB ports.

If you have problems with USB devices on your PC, but Windows does not specifically point out the lack of a driver, the USB controller displays error messages like:

The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR1.

Here are some other similar errors:

  • The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk2\DR2 b
  • The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk3\DR3
  • The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk4\DR4

The error message may be followed by the name of the port or drive causing this issue.

If you’re running Windows 10 and have problems with the USB controller or its drivers, this guide provides helpful solutions to solve the problem.

How can I fix The driver detected a controller error?

1. Check the hardware cables

Check hardware cables the driver detected a controller error

  1. You might have a broken USB cable.
  2. Connect the device with a different USB cable.
  3. Try connecting the device to another computer/laptop or another USB port.
  4. If it doesn’t work here either, then the external device you’re trying to connect is having the issue.

Your USB ports are not working? Follow the simple solutions from this guide and fix them with ease.


If only a specific device is not recognized, you should try the above-mentioned steps. If several USB devices no longer work correctly, proceed as follows:

  1. Shut down your PC, and remove all the connected USB devices.
  2. Pull off the power plug and leave the PC completely without power for 60 seconds.
  3. Reconnect the power plug and then power up the PC.
  4. If you are in the Windows interface, reconnect the USB devices one by one, and try them out.
  5. If all the USB devices presents the same problem, there may be a hardware defect in the device.
  6. But if this does not work, there might be a driver problem or the corresponding drivers are simply missing.

2. Reset controller driver to zero

Reset controller driver the driver detected a controller error

  1. Press the Windows + R key to open Run.
  2. Enter the following command: devmgmt.msc
  3. Once you are in the Device Manager, open the USB Controller category.
  4. The faulty controller should appear here with a yellow warning symbol. Right-click on it and click on Uninstall.
  5. If Uninstall is not available, go to the Properties of the USB controller.
  6. Go to the Drivers tab, and click on the Uninstall button.
  7. Restart your PC.

Windows should now search for a suitable USB driver and install it automatically.

However, various circumstances (damaged files, incorrect file structures or settings, etc.) can cause a problem with the driver.


3. Update your drivers

Update the drivers the driver detected a controller error

  1. Press the Windows + R key to open Run.
  2. Enter the following command: devmgmt.msc
  3. Once you are in the Device Manager, expand the Disk drives.
  4. Locate the driver and right-click on it.
  5. Choose Update Driver Software, and click OK.
  6. Restart your PC.

If your drivers are outdated, you can update them through Device Manager as above mentioned. We also extensively covered this topic in our dedicated Update drivers guide.

If you have any more questions or suggestions, be sure to let us know by using the comments section below.

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