The Driver Detected a Controller Error Fix

RECOMMENDED: Click here to fix Windows errors and optimize system performance

Every time you plug your USB stick into your computer, you receive this error message over and over again. the driver has detected a control error on the hard disk drive device1\DR1 or DR3? Many users have reported this problem. But don’t worry, you can try the following solutions to solve it.

Can a large page file and not enough RAM cause this error?

The error message in the Event Viewer is something like this:

The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR3

Using disk management

Disk management has been improved in Windows 2000 and later operating systems. You can use disk management to display this information without using the registry editor. To find out where a particular hard drive is located in your system, do the following:

Start the Disk Management Console (diskmgmt.msc).

July 2020 Update:

We now recommend using this tool for your error. Additionally, this tool fixes common computer errors, protects you against file loss, malware, hardware failures and optimizes your PC for maximum performance. You can fix your PC problems quickly and prevent others from happening with this software:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.


Display the graphical view of your hard disks. Right-click on the grey area of the basic or dynamic drive whose drive number matches the hard disk number# in the error message.

Click on Properties. The properties contain Device Type information that tells you whether the disk is an IDE or SCSI, and also displays the Hardware Manufacturer name of the physical device and the Adapter Name to which it is attached.

Transfer your USB key to another port.

Some areas of your computer may be damaged and you can try to change the port of your USB stick. For some users, this has worked. If this doesn’t solve your problem “The driver has detected a controller error on the problem \Device\Harddisk1\DR1″”, then you should try again.

Updating the USB driver


Sometimes the USB port does not recognize the connected device and a system reboot is required to “find” the device.

Obsolete USB drivers can also be a problem and cause a high percentage of errors in USB operation. On a Windows system, you can update your driver by following these steps:

  1. Click on Start/System Control/System.
  2. Click on the Hardware tab, then click Device Manager.
  3. Click on Universal Serial Bus Controller.
  4. Click here to highlight and select the USB component you want to update.
  5. Right-click the highlighted selection and select Update Driver Software from the drop-down menu.
  6. Follow the instructions in the Driver Update Wizard to update the USB drivers.

I hope this will help you. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment.

RECOMMENDED: Click here to troubleshoot Windows errors and optimize system performance