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Ultimate Solutions for “Please Insert a Disk into USB Drive” 2020

Ultimate Solutions for “Please Insert a Disk into USB Drive” 2020

Sue Wayne

Oct 13, 2020 • Filed to: USB Recovery • Proven solutions

USB flash drives are the most popular storage devices because they are versatile enough to accommodate a lot of different devices and file formats. Depending on the size of the USB drive, you can use it to store all manner of files including documents, audios, photos, and videos. But as useful as a USB flash drive can be, the devices are prone to numerous errors.

One of the most common USB errors is the error message, «Please insert a disk into Removable Disk». In this guide, we offer you numerous ways to fix this problem and get the drive working normally again.

  • Part 1: What is «Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk» Error?
  • Part 2: Causes of «Please Insert a Disk into Removable Disk» Error
  • Part 3: How to Fix «Please Insert a Disk into USB Drive» Error?
  • Part 4: How to Recover Lost Data after Fixing the Error?


so this number would need to be followed by the code printed on your key card, for example: 3132-0371-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

Memory Card

If you are using the card in two different devices with different formats (e.g. a Digital Camera and a MP3 player) we would advise you to use two separate cards.

If formatting in the Card Reader (WARNING: FORMATTING CAN & WILL DELETE ALL DATA) please see you device or camera manual before proceeding with a format.

Be aware, by default Windows will format a memory card of 2GB or higher capacity to FAT32.

Formatting in a PC:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

Open My Computer

Locate the drive letter of your memory card

Right-click on this drive

Select Format. (This will launch the Format Utility Window)

Under the option File System select FAT32

Click on the Start button

  • Press Start / Run
  • Type ‘cmd’ press the OK button
  • This will launch the MS-DOS window and prompt
  • Type format *: /fs:FAT32 or NTFS (* represents the drive letter that windows recognises the card as)
  • Press return and follow the onscreen prompts
  • Once the routine is complete type EXIT

This problem is not related to any particular brand of memory card or device. It can occur when the device had been interrupted when accessing the memory card.

To avoid this problem;

  • DO NOT turn OFF the device or remove the memory card while the device is reading, writing, erasing or formatting.
  • DO NOT use the device while the batteries are low. This could result in corruption. In some cases power can run out as the memory card is being written to.
  • AVOID inserting and removing the memory card with the device switched ON.
  • To fix this problem you will need to reformat the memory card (this will destroy all data held on the card).
  • You may be able to recover images from a corrupted memory card before formatting (see FAQ on reformatting the memory card).
  • Some cameras will not access memory cards that have been formatted in a Card Reader, so please read your camera manual before proceeding with a format.
  • When using card readers make sure the readers light is not flashing and wait a few seconds before pulling the card out of the card reader slot.
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A SD card will normally work in a SDHC device (possibly with lower performance). SD cards are in the following capacities 4,8,16,32,64,128,256 512MB and 1GB, 2GB only. Currently mainly 2GB SD cards are being sold.

A SDHC card will not work in a SD device such as a camera or reader. SDHC cards are in the following capacities 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB

SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) was established to meet the growing demand for HD (High Definition) video and high resolution image recording now used in many SD-enabled devices.

SDHC is the same physical size and shape as standard SD but meets the new SD specification of version 2.0. If the SD card is 4GB or above, it is classed as a SDHC card. Currently, SDHC specifications allow for memory cards of a capacity between 4GB and 32GB.

SDA (SD Card Association) has also established a Speed Class rating (Class 2, 4, 6 and 10) for the standardisation of data transfer speeds (compulsory for SDHC cards):

  • CLASS 2 — a guaranteed minimum write speed of 2MB/s or higher*
  • CLASS 4 — a guaranteed minimum write speed of 4MB/s or higher*
  • CLASS 6 — a guaranteed minimum write speed of 6MB/s or higher*
  • CLASS 10— a guaranteed minimum write speed of 10MB/s or higher*

* The minimum speed capability depends on the manufacturer of the host device and model.

All Class 2, Class 4, Class 6 and Class 10 SDHC cards are compatible with SDHC devices. Please note that if the device manual suggests a SDHC card of speed Class 4 as a minimum, the user should install a Class 4, Class 6 or Class 10 (faster) SDHC, NOT a Class 2 card as this may reduce performance of the device.

SDHC cards are not backwards compatible with standard SD devices, so they may not work in digital cameras or USB Memory Card Readers manufactured before summer 2007.

Most new devices that require the new SDHC format to operate will display the SDHC logo on the product (such as printed on the side of a camera casing) and/or user guide.

Standard SD Cards will work in SDHC compatible devices such as Memory Card Readers. In a SDHC camera a standard SD may be of limited use due to the slower read and write speed of this older technology.

The information contained in this FAQ also applies to microSD and new microSDHC plus miniSD and new miniSDHC formats. The only difference will be the physical size of the memory cards, the speed class information and compatibility issues are the same.

Memory cards and USB drives are NOT designed for long term storage. You should always backup your data on to another device. The data will normally stay valid for a period of up to 10 years if stored under normal conditions. The data cells inside carry a charge which can dissipate over time. The data can be refreshed; copy all data off card and then format the card or USB drive and then restore all data to extend the data for another 10 years.

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SD cards have a write lock. This is a switch on the side of the card. The DOWN position is write protect ON and the UP position is write protect OFF.

To use the device in a camera the position of the switch must be UP. It is a good idea to write protect a card with important data.

«UHS-1» or more accurately «UHS-I» stands for «Ultra High Speed» — 1 and is a speed class for SDHC and SXDC memory cards.

UHS-I has a bus interface speed of up to 104 MB/s.

An SDHC UHS-I card will work in any SDHC compatible device at lower speeds, but to take advantage of the UHS-I speed, a UHS-I compatible device is essential.

An SDXC UHS-I card will work in any SDXC compatible device at lower speeds, but to take advantage of the UHS-I speed, a UHS-I compatible device is essential.

UHS-I compatible cards and devices are normally marked with the symbol below ,»UHS-I» or «I»

A speed class is also defined.

= Class 1 .»UHS Class 1″

How to bypass the «Select the driver to be installed» error when you try to install Windows from USB.

In order to resolve the «Select the driver to be installed» USB Windows installation error:

Method 1. Remove and Reinsert the USB media.

1. When the «Select the driver to be installed» error, appears click Cancel. (This will bring you back to the first setup screen)
2. Remove and re-insert the USB installation media.
3. Now try to install Windows.

Method 2. install Windows from USB 2.0 Port or from DVD.

1. Shut down the computer.

2. Plug your USB flash drive that contains the Windows setup files to a USB 2.0 port on the computer and start the installation again. *

* Note: If your computer doesn’t have a USB 2.0 port then disable the USB 3.0 support in BIOS settings (if supported), or install Windows from a DVD media.

Method 3. Add USB 3.0 drivers to your Windows USB Media by using Gigabyte’s Windows USB Installation Tool.

The second method to resolve the «Select the driver to be installed» error, is to add USB 3.0 support (drivers) to your Windows 7 installation media.*

* Note: The process requires to have access to another working computer with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 OS. Use this method if your computer doesn’t have USB 2.0 ports or if you cannot install Windows by using a Windows DVD media.

Step 1. Create a Windows USB Installation Media.

Create a Windows USB installation media by using Microsoft’s USB Creator Tool or by using the Rufus Creator utility.

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Step 2. Download the Windows USB Installation Tool.

1. Navigate to Gigabyte’s Support Site.
2. At the search box type «Windows USB Installation Tool» (without quotes).

3. Download the corresponding ‘Windows USB Installation Tool’ according to your motherboard series.
4. Unzip the downloaded file and then continue to next step.

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Step 3. Add USB 3.0/3.1 Driver Support to Windows 7 USB.

1. Plug the Windows USB Installation Media on the computer.
2. From the extracted folder, double click to run the «WindowsImageTool.exe» application.
3. Now perform the following:

    1. Select None-Add USB drivers in Source Path.
    2. Choose the Windows 7 USB installation disk in the Destination Path.
    3. Finally click Start.
    4. When the process is completed click Close.

4. Eject the USB drive and use it to install Windows.

Method 4. Add USB 3.0 Support to Windows 7 by using Intel’s Windows 7* USB 3.0 Creator Utility. *

* Note: This method is no longer working because Intel has removed the ‘USB Creator utility’ from its website.

1. Download Intel’s Windows 7* USB 3.0 Creator Utility .
2. Extract the «Win7-USB3.0-Creator-V3.zip» file.
3. Plug the USB flash drive that contains the Windows installation files on the computer.
4. From the extracted «Win7-USB3.0-Creator-V3» folder, right-click at the «Installer_Creator.exe» and select Run as administrator.

5. Click Browse <…>and select the USB drive letter (that contains the Windows installation files).

6. Finally press the Create Image button and wait until the process is completed.

7. Unplug the USB disk and use it to install Windows.

That’s all folks! Did it work for you?

Please leave a comment in the comment section below or even better: like and share this blog post in the social networks to help spread the word about this.

Fix 2. Change Drive Letter to Fix No Disk in the Drive Error

As I have mentioned before, if the drive letter C is assigned to another removable disk, you may encounter there is no disk in the drive issue. You can solve this error by changing the drive letter.

Step 1. Press «Win + X» and click «Disk Management».

Step 2. Right-click on the removable device or partition > Select «Change Drive Letter or Paths».

Step 3. Change the drive letter to any other drive letter which hasn’t been assigned in the Windows system.

After this, reboot PC, and you shall have removed the no disk in the drive error by then.


Faulty USBs and other drives can be fixed or replaced, but nothing is as devastating as the loss of precious photos and media. Thus, USB drive recovery after unexpected errors like ‘please insert disk into removable disk’ is a primary concern for users. With the help of the above solutions, you can fix the USB insert disk error and recover lost media files. Even when you lose complete data from USB flash drive during troubleshooting, you can restore it with the help of Stellar Photo Recovery software.

Download the free trial of the software for Windows or Mac and preview the recoverable photos and videos from USB before finally saving them in your drive.

About The Author

Sumona Chatterjee

Sumona is a technical blogger with experience in writing data recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 7-year experience in data recovery/repair technology. She is passionate about Photography and Exploring lesser-known destinations.

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