There Is No Media in The Device: How to Fix This Error

The error may be prompted if the USB drive is faulty

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  • If you receive the There is no media in the device error, make sure that the USB drive you inserted is functioning properly.
  • One of the major reasons behind this problem is a corrupted or damaged device driver.
  • The Check Disk Utility (CHKDSK) command-line tool can help to fix the issue, among other methods.

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Some of our readers have recently reported that they are faced with there is no media in the device error whenever they’re trying to format their USB device drivers.

While this can be quite frustrating, we have decided to provide some of the potential solutions to help fix the Removable disk no media error.

Why do I get there is no media in the device error?

Before proceeding to explore the potential solutions for this error, you may want to take note of the reasons why you are experiencing this issue:

  • Damaged or faulty USB drivers – Like other storage devices, flash drives can get damaged. You can try updating or reinstalling the USB device driver to fix the error.
  • The Master Boot Record (MBR) is damaged or corrupted – The Master Boot Record (MBR), or Partition Boot Record (PBR), gets damaged whenever you abruptly eject your USB device.
  • Faulty system files – In some cases, the error can also be triggered by corrupted system files. Use the Windows built-in disk error-checking tool or use a third-party system repair tool.
  • Multiple USB devices connected – It can also be caused due to some temporary glitches like too many USB drivers connected to your PC, USB port, etc.

Now that you know some factors that might trigger this error, you can explore the steps provided in this article to fix it.

What can I do if I get there is no media in the device error?

Before trying the advanced troubleshooting methods, you can try some of the following generic fixes:

  • Restart your PC and check if the problem persists.
  • Try to inspect your USB drive for any physical damage.
  • Try to check your USB with another computer and connect it to another USB port and see if it works for you.
  • Unplug all other USB drivers connected to your computer.

Having confirmed the above checks, if you still get the Please insert disk into USB drive message, you can now try any of the advanced fixes provided below.

1. Run the CHKDSK command

  1. Plug your USB drive into your computer.
  2. Press the Windows key + S, type the command prompt, and choose Run as administrator.
  3. Next, type the following command and press Enter to run it: chkdsk C: /f /r /x
  4. Press Y to proceed with the check after restarting.

The Check Disk Utility (CHKDSK) is a command-line tool that can fix any disk errors.

2. Repair the MBR in Windows

  1. Boot from the recovery USB or the original installation DVD.
  2. Navigate to the Install window and click on Repair your computer.
  3. From the Choose an option window, choose Troubleshoot.
  4. Then, select Advanced Options and select Command Prompt.
  5. Type the following command lines and press Enter after each command: bootrec /fixmbr  bootrec /fixboot   bootrec /scanos   bootrec /rebuildbcd
  6. Now eject the USB/DVD from your PC and restart your PC.

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You can also use any of the third-party MBR repair tools to rebuild the MBR on your USB.

3. Update or reinstall the USB device driver

  1. Press the Windows + X keys to open the Quick links menu and select Device Manager.
  2. Click on the Disk drives section to expand it, then right-click on your USB device and select the Update driver option.
  3. In the pop-up windows, select Search automatically for drivers.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
  5. Once done, try reconnecting your USB and see if the error is fixed.
  6. If not, proceed again with the first 2 steps and select the Uninstall device option instead.
  7. Next, restart your PC, and the driver will be reinstalled automatically.

If updating the driver does not fix the issue, you can try to uninstall the USB driver and then reinstall it.

Sometimes, updating or completely reinstalling your drivers may take time and effort because you want to avoid possible errors and damage.

Thus, dedicated software like DriverFix can be helpful because it can locate the correct and latest driver options for your outdated, missing, or malfunctioning device drivers.

The solutions provided in this article should help fix the there is no media in the device error, as it did for others.

In case the USB port is the issue, there is always the option to use a reliable USB hub and connect as many devices as possible.

If you have any other suggestions or solutions that we should add here, please use the comments section below.

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