August 6, 2022

Download and Update USB Mass Storage Device Driver in Windows 11

through Loredana Harsana

Windows & Software Expert

Loredana is an avid writer with a keen interest in PC software and technology. She started writing about mobile phones back when the Samsung Galaxy S II was on top of the world and… Read more

  • Mass storage devices are external devices such as USB drives and SD cards where we store and transfer data.
  • You can find the drivers you need on the Support page of your device manufacturer’s website.
  • Updating the drivers installed on your computer is an important step to keep your PC running smoothly and working properly.

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Mass storage devices are all external devices, such as USB drives, hard drives and other similar devices, which we use to store and transport information. Drivers are needed for the PC to recognize gadgets, so today we’ll show you how to download an MSD driver.

Without a device driver, connecting mass storage devices becomes difficult. Hence, it is suggested to keep the drivers updated to avoid issues like unidentified tool and other similar issues.

This article describes the fastest and easiest methods to download and update the MSD USB driver in Windows 11, right after seeing in more detail what the tools do. To follow!

What is an MSD used for?

Broadly speaking, a mass storage device (MSD) is any storage device that allows huge volumes of data to be stored and transferred between computers, servers, and other devices in a computing environment.

MSDs are portable storage devices that provide a storage interface that can be used both internally and externally by the computer and they are called secondary storage devices or auxiliary storage devices.

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It mainly concerns storage devices that provide reliable and long-lasting storage capacity. SCSI, Universal Serial Bus or even Ethernet are the data transfer interfaces used to connect it to the computer/server (for storage networks).

Floppy drives, optical disc drives, hard disk drives, tape drives, external hard drives, RAID systems, and USB storage devices are some of the most common mass storage devices. Currently, conventional MSD devices can store anywhere from a few gigabytes to several petabytes of data.

Internal MSDs are often not removable, however, external MSDs can simply be removed, ported, and plugged into another computer with relative ease.

How can I download and update the USB mass storage device driver?

1. Visit the manufacturer’s website

  1. Visit your PC manufacturer’s website, then press the Support tab followed by Software and Drivers. In this example, we will use Lenovo’s website, but you must use your company’s specific page.usb mass storage device driver lenovo - support windows 11
  2. Now enter your computer model and search for USB Mass Storage Device Driver and click Download beside it.usb mass storage device driver lenovo-usb windows 11
  3. Follow the steps displayed on your screen to install the driver and then restart your computer.

2. Use Device Manager to update

  1. Right click on the To start up icon then click Device Manager to open it.device-manager google meet prepare loop
  2. Now expand the Universal serial bus controllers section and right click on USB mass storage device, then choose Update Driver.update-usb usb mass storage device driver windows 11
  3. To select, Automatically searches for updated driver software and wait for Windows to check for an update and install it. Then restart the PC to apply the changes usb mass storage device driver windows 11

3. Update via Windows Update

  1. press the the Windows key + I to open the Settings app, and click Update and security of the left panel followed by Advanced options on the right side.update-advanced subnautica does not save settings
  2. Scroll down until you find the Additional options section, then click Optional updates.optional subnautica update not saving settings
  3. Now click on the Driver Updates option, then select all the driver updates presented to you and finally click on the Download and install button.install-update subnautica does not save settings

Although Windows is normally responsible for driver updates, you can manually check for updates if you run into a problem. For automatic scans of outdated drivers, we strongly recommend a dedicated tool such as DriverFix.

Should I use a flash drive for backup?

Chances are you’ve been accumulating data for a long time and you’ve already implemented a fairly sophisticated backup mechanism. As far as backup solutions are concerned, a true 3-2-1 solution is suggested; however, if you are just starting out, anything is better.

In the community, you will frequently hear people warn against using USB drives as a method of data storage. The truth, however, is that they are a viable backup option if you use them in a methodical and disciplined way.

For now, let’s take a step back and define what they are before discussing how to include them in your backup strategy. They have been around for over two decades and provide a quick and convenient way to back up and recover data from a computer.

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They can be used by almost any computer with a USB connection, and their popularity has exploded as a result. Before the widespread adoption of flash drives, users shared and moved their data using floppy disks and CD-Rs, among other media.

The USB device, unlike traditional types of storage, has no moving parts. They do not contain magnetic heads, tape drives or optical lasers, and therefore are generally more reliable when infrequently used.

USB drives often come with a USB Type A receptacle which is attached to a printed circuit board (PCB) that contains the electronic components that allow them to function, as well as the actual flash memory that stores your data.

When first introduced in the early 2000s, they typically had a capacity of 16 or 32 megabytes (MB). The fact that prices have come down as capacity has gone up is hard to fathom, but it’s now possible to buy drives with 512 gigabytes (GB) of storage space.

They may not be as reliable as traditional backup media, but this can be easily overcome with the proper precautions. Remember to keep multiple copies of your data on a variety of different USB drives to avoid losing information.

If you are having trouble with the USB flash drive, we have prepared an article for you to fix Windows 11 error not recognizing USB devices. Be sure to check it out!

Alternatively, if you haven’t created a data backup yet, you’ll want to learn how to recover deleted files in Windows 11.

And finally, here are the best data recovery software tools for Windows 11, for those flowery days when you accidentally delete important documents.

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