USB Drive Repair – What Does “Error Code 43” Mean?
When this client plugged their USB flash drive into their computer, they received a message telling them that their USB device had malfunctioned. The client opened the Device Manager to investigate. There they found the Error Code 43 message: “Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (code 43)”
These error messages occur whenever the hardware reports to Windows that it has some kind of indescribable problem. Windows doesn’t really know what’s wrong with the device. Neither does the device, really. The error code 43 message generally means one of two things, though. Error code 43 pops up when the device really does have a physical problem. But it also can appear if something has gone wrong with one of your computer’s device drivers. In this case, updating your computer’s device drivers, updating the BIOS, or repairing the operating system can often fix the problem.
The client in this USB drive recovery case had tried all of that to no avail. It appeared their flash drive had sustained physical damage. USB flash drives, despite their portability and convenience, can be fragile. It doesn’t take much to stop a flash drive from working.