How to Fix ‘The Device is Not Ready’ Error on Windows 7, 8, and 10

“The device is not ready” is a very frustrating error, and it happens when you try to access files on your portable USB storage. It usually occurs due to a hardware failure. It can also appear when a drive is empty and not formatted correctly.

Connection issue like a bad USB cable or damaged USB ports can also do this issue. Sometimes the hard drive is not compatible with your operating system or even your PC, but what if your external hard drive was working great before this error appeared. Let’s find the solutions for the error “The device is not ready.”

How to solve ‘The device is not ready’ on your Windows PC?

Method 1: Inspecting Connection and Hardware

It is the most common cause and firstly going for this step is a wise decision because if the problem in hardware, then you can’t do anything by tweaking the software settings.

Check if the hard drive is working correctly and the connectivity is okay. You should inspect the SATA cable for any breaks or sign of any defect.

To check if your hard drive is working properly, connect it to another computer.

If the problem is happening in your internal drive, then inspect the USB cable and other connections for error.

If you notice any issue, then try replacing or fixing that item first.

Method 2: Running a Disk Scan Check in your PC

If you have checked hardware errors but didn’t find any, then it is time to run a disk scan to check for errors in your computer. Sometimes, it has been noted that an external drive may get corrupted or contain a bad sector. It can result in appearing the message  ‘The device is not ready’ because a bad sector can prevent your system from reading a particular file in your hard drive. By running a disk scan, your system will show you if there is any bad sector. Follow the below instructions:

  1. Hit Start key and then type “command prompt.”
  2. Now right click on the “command prompt” and then click on “Run as administrator.”
  3. Now enter the commands given below but replace the drive name with yours:
    • chkdsk g: /r   (replace “g” with your drive alphabet)
    • chkdsk g: /f   (replace “g” with your drive alphabet)
  4. It may take a while to complete, and the time of scan depends upon the size of your drive and stored data.

Once drive scan and repair completes, restart your PC.

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