Fix: USB Keeps Connecting and Disconnecting on Windows

If your USB keeps on connecting and disconnecting, it is often due to a faulty USB port, your machine’s Power Options etc. External hard drives have become essential in today’s world and they tend to be very useful. They are often used for storing system images i.e system backups, Windows installation media or for any other personal use. However, if you are unable to utilize your external drives, then what good are they?

The disconnecting and reconnecting of a USB isn’t something new and has been known throughout the years. The issue was somewhat decreased with Windows 10, however, it hasn’t been annihilated. Some users have experienced this issue after upgrading to Windows 10 from a prior version etc. The solution for this is easy and straightforward.

What causes USB to Connect and Disconnect (Loop) on Windows 10?

Well, this issue doesn’t have many sources and it is usually due to the following factors —

  • A faulty USB port. If the port through which the USB is connected to the system is malfunctioning, it can cause the issue.
  • USB drivers. Sometimes the USB drivers on your system are not operating properly due to some reason which results in this issue.
  • Corrupt system files. In some cases, if the system files on your system are corrupted or damaged, the issue can be due to that.

You can use the following workarounds to isolate this issue:

Solution 1: Try a Different Port

When your USB keeps on connecting and disconnecting, the most general solution would be to try a different USB port. In some cases, the port to which the USB is connected can be malfunctioning or obsolete due to which it results in the issue. Therefore, the foremost step would be to try connecting your USB through a different USB port.

Trying a Different Port

If this doesn’t work for you, then try following the other solutions provided below.

Solution 2: Reinstall USB Drivers

The issue can sometimes be due to obsolete USB drivers as we mentioned above. The malfunctioning drivers can be causing the USB drive to disconnect frequently in which case you will have to reinstall the USB drivers. Some users have reported that the Microsoft USB 3.0 driver was the cause of the problem. Therefore, to isolate the issue, you will have to install USB drivers from the manufacturer of your motherboard. If you don’t know your motherboard’s model, you can find it by unscrewing your PC and checking the motherboard manually or using Windows utilities.

Head to this article published on our site that will show you how to find your motherboard model. Once you have your motherboard model, head to your manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your chipset.

Motherboard Chipset Download

Solution 3: Turn on USB External Drive

Sometimes, your system turns off certain drivers to save you some power etc. which can cause the issue as the driver required for your external hard drive is being disabled. However, you can easily fix this by preventing your system from turning off your external USB drive. Here’s how:

  1. First of all, make sure the external drive is connected to your system.
  2. Open Device Manager by going to Start Menu and typing in ‘Device Manager’.
  3. Expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers category.
  4. Double-click your USB Mass Storage Device. Please note that the name might be different on your system.
  5. Finally, head to the Power Management tab and uncheck the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power box.
    Turning On External Hard Drive
  6. Hit OK.

Solution 4: Turning USB Selective Suspend Off

In some cases, the Power Options of your system can be the guilty party. Certain systems are configured to disable USB devices after a period of time which can be causing the issue. Therefore, you will have to turn off this setting. Here’s how to turn it off:

  1. Open up a Control Panel by searching it in the Start Menu.
  2. Head to ‘Power Options’.
    Power Options – Control Panel
  3. Click on the ‘Change plan settings’ option.
    Power Plan Settings
  4. Afterward, select ‘Change advanced power settings’.
  5. Locate and expand USB settings.
  6. You’ll find USB selective suspend setting. Disable it and hit ‘OK’.
    Disabling USB Selective Suspend
  7. Finally, restart your system and see if it works.

Kevin Arrows

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