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Solve USB Error ‘The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer’ on Mac

Fix Disk not Readable Mac

Although USB drives are the most compact and reliable storage solutions, encountering issues with them are not very uncommon. You may find that the device is inaccessible or you may be greeted with errors like ‘The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer’ when you connect it.

How do you solve such errors? Is it possible to get access to data on the unreadable USB again? Let us find out more in this article. Read on.

Reasons for the USB error ‘The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer’

Before we move onto the solutions, let us first understand the reasons for the error. Some of the main reasons for this error are described as follows.

  • File corruption in the USB device
  • Bad sectors on the USB
  • Virus attacks
  • Ejecting the USB during a data transfer

Solutions to resolve the error ‘The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer’

Solution 1: Initialize the USB device

The first solution we provide here is to click on the ‘Initialize’ button in the error message screen.

  1. Once you click Initialize, the Disk Utility window will open
  2. Then click on View > Show All Devices
  3. Select the external drive from the list of devices on the left pane and click First Aid
  4. Click Repair Disk for Disk Utility to repair the drive

Disk Utility will repair the drive if it finds any corruption issues that it can repair. If it can’t repair the drive, you will receive a message ‘Disk Utility can’t repair this disk’. In that case, proceed to the next step.

Solution 2: Recover data and format USB drive

If Disk Utility cannot repair your disk, it means that the drive is severely corrupt. In that case, it is a good idea to recover data and format the drive. In order to recover from unreadable or inaccessible USB drives, Remo Recover is a fantastic solution. It is capable of recovering data from USB drives that display ‘disk unreadable’ errors or inaccessible USB. It is also referred to as a USB partition recovery tool as it can be used to recover data from formatted or partitioned USBs.

The advantage of using this software is that all your data will be recovered in the same form as it was originally. All kinds of files like Word documents, Excel files, photos, videos etc can be recovered using this software.

Once you’ve recovered data from the USB drive using Remo Recover, you can format it to resolve the error. To format the drive, follow the steps listed below.

Format the USB drive

Once again, go to Disk Utility screen by clicking on Finder > Applications > Disk Utility and follow the steps below.

  1. Click on the USB drive from the left pane
  2. Click Erase to format the drive
  3. Choose a name for the drive, select a file format and click Erase
  4. Then your USB drive will be formatted based on the file system you’ve selected

Now that you’ve formatted the USB drive, the error will be resolved and the USB should be ready to use. If formatting doesn’t resolve the error, you may need to replace the USB drive.

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