Whenever you insert your USB drive into your computer, you keep getting this error message The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR1 or DR3 ? Many users have reported this issue. But don’t worry, you can try the solutions below to fix it.

Solution 1: Switch your USB drive to a different port

Some sectors in your computer may be damaged, and you can try switching your USB drive to a different port. It worked for some users. If it doesn’t solve your “The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR1″ problem, try Solution 2, below.

Solution 2: Update your USB driver

If Solution 1 didn’t work for you, the most likely cause is a USB driver problem.

Fortunately, this is also one of the easiest problems to fix.

There are two ways to update your USB driver: manually and automatically.

Update your USB driver manually — You can update your driver manually by going to the hardware manufacturer’s website, and searching for the latest driver for your USB drive. But if you take this approach, be sure to choose the driver that’s compatible with the exact model number of your hardware, and your version of Windows.


Update your USB driver automatically — 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. 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 Update next to any flagged devices to automatically download the correct version of their drivers, then you can install them manually. Or click Update All to automatically download and install them all automatically. (This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. You get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee.)

  4. You may need to restart your computer to finish the process. Then check if your “The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\DR1 ” problem is resolved. If not, contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com for further assistance.

Hopefully this can help you out.

If you have any question or suggestion, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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