The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR1 or DR3

By Wendy Mai  Driver Error   0 Comment

Whenever you insert your USB drive into your PC, you keep getting this message The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR1 or DR3. I understand how annoying it is. Don’t worry, you can try the easy fixes below to get rid of the error message.

Solution 1 – Switch the USB drive to a different port

Some sectors in your computer may be damaged, and you can try switching the USB drive to a different port to fix The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR1, which works for some users.

Solution 2 – Update your USB driver

When you’re having trouble with your USB drive, updating the driver usually does the trick. Here’s how:

  1. On your keyboard, press the  Windows key

    and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

  2. Type devmgmt.msc and click OK to access Device Manger.

  3. Expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers category to find your USB drive.
    Note: You might find your drive marked with a yellow exclamation icon indicating driver issues.
  4. Right-click on your USB device and select Update driver.

  5. Select Search automatically for updated driver software.

    Note: If Windows doesn’t find a new driver, you can try looking for one on the device manufacturer’s website and follow their instructions.

    You’ll need some computer skills and patience to update your driver this way, because you need to find exactly the right driver online, download it and install it step by step.

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your USB driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

  3. Click the Update button next to your USB device to automatically download the correct version of its driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

    Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

    If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at

If these steps don’t work, try reinstalling the driver: Open Device Manager, right-click on your USB drive, and select Uninstall. Restart your PC, and Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

Just have a try now!

You’re welcome to leave a comment below to share your results or any other suggestions.

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