Fix: Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Can’t Find USB

Lots of users complaining that when they’re trying to create Windows 10 bootable USB using Media creations tool, it can’t find USB or recognize USB. In case, you’re one out of them, then in this post, you will learn about the right way to Setup Windows 10 Installation Media.

Fix: Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Can't Find USB

Windows 10 Media Creation tool is released the Microsoft to helps users who want to download official Windows 10 ISO image and create the Windows 10 installation media without entering the Windows 10 Product. It is very useful software. In my previous article, I have already covered details post on Create Bootable Windows 10 USB Drive using Media Creation Tool

But lots of users facing various issues while trying to create Windows 10 installation media using the Media Creation tool and one of the popular one is “Can’t find USB”. While creating the Windows 10 USB the time come when system ask you when you want to create Windows 10 USB or Download Windows 10 ISO file, if you self USB and click on the Next button, it tells that USB cannot be found, especially when you’re using Sandisk 8 GB USB Flash Drive.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Can’t Find USB

As lots of users are facing the same issue I decided to write this post to help them out in fixing the issue.

Whenever you try to create Windows 10 USB using Windows 10 Media Creation tool make sure you fulfill following requirements:

  • Active internet connection
  • One blank USB drive with minimum 5 GB of space. You can use 8 GB 3.0 USB for good results
  • USB Ports must be in good condition
  • Must not be locked, Password Protected and Right protection

Possible Workaround to get rid of this issue:

Refresh Drive List

The first thing which you perform, if the USB drive won’t appear in the Windows 10 media creation tool is to click on the link which reads “Refresh Drive List” The system will re-scan all the drives and show you all the drive.

Eject -> Format -> Reinsert USB Drive

In case, you follows all the above requirements and still, Windows 10 Media Creation tool don’t detect your USB flash drive, then eject the USB drive successfully and format the USB drive. Even it is empty, still, format the USB drive and reinsert it in the one of the best USB Port of your Windows 10 PC | Laptop.

Try other USB Flash Drive

If above workaround fails, then try to use other another USB flash drive and try the whole procedure again. I’m sure your system will detect the USB drive and initiate the process.

Even if the above workaround also fails, then the only solution left to create Windows 10 Bootable USB other methods available which work flawlessly and the good thing is that it will hardly take few minutes if you already have the ISO image of the Windows 10.

Avoid using Sandisk USB

In the reply of the same threads on different Windows forums. Most of the users also mentioned that, when they used another USB drive in comparison of Sandisk high-quality flash drives, they got success in creating a bootable USB drive. So you can also take help of another USB drive, if you have got one.

Note: By sharing this on our post, I’m not saying that the Sandisk USB Flash Drives are not good. They are very good, even I’m personally using some of them in my daily life and they work flawlessly for me. It is just a suggestion.

Make Windows 10 Bootable USB using Command Prompt

One of the best thing about making bootable Windows 10 USB drive using Command Prompt or Diskpart commands is that you do not require any third party tool to make that thing. You just need to enter few command in the Command Prompt and you’re done.

I have already written a detailed post on How to Create Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive from ISO. You can the post and follow the simple steps.

Use Rufus (Freeware tool)

There might be users who’re not familiar with using Command Prompt and find this method simple. In this situation, you can take help of third party tools that let you create Windows 10 Bootable USB in no seconds. There are a variety of tools available on the web, but one of the best out of them is Rufus. All the details about how to use Rufus to make bootable Windows 10 USB also available on the official webpage.

That’s it!

Why don’t you give a try to above-discussed workaround and let me know what helps you to fix the issue? In case, you have any other solution also let me know in the comments so that other reader can take help from your feedback.

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