WD hard drive error code 43

Does anyone know if any fix for this? I’ve tried everything I’ve saw on YouTube and google and nothing has worked. I plug the drive into the laptop and it just says it couldn’t be read


i am having the same issue. did you found any solutions for it?

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To get rid of error code 43, try the following troubleshooting steps: Restart your computer and your WD hard disk. Check for updates of your hard disk driver and install the latest version. Make sure that the hard disk is enabled and properly connected to your computer.

Code 43 error, it’s one of the Device Manager error codes which says “Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)”.
When you get error code 43 with your USB or other hardware devices, your devices will properly become:

  • Unreadable
  • OS notify drive failure
  • Unrecognizable by computer
  • Files inaccessible, etc
    Here is Method 1. Update Device Driver to Fix Unrecognized Code 43 Device.
    If your USB has a hardware problem or its driver or driver software is falling, you can try to install the latest drivers for your USB drive. It’s very likely that installing the latest drivers for the device will remove the code 43 error.

**Option 1. Update USB/Device Driver

******Step 1. Go to “Search”, type device manager, and choose “Device Manager” from the result.

Step 2. Find and right-click the problematic device and choose “Properties”.

Step 3. Click “Driver” and then choose “Update Driver”.

Step 4. Click “Search automatically for updated driver software”.

Solution 2. Roll Back the USB Driver

If you have updated the device driver before the error code 43 occur, rolling back the device driver could be one of the choices to fix the issue.

Step 1. Open “Device Manager”.

Step 2. Right-click your device driver and choose “Properties”.

Step 3. Go to “Driver” > “Roll Back Driver”.

## Method 2. Reinstall the Device Driver to Fix Code 43 Error

Some users have also reported that reinstalling the device driver to fix error code 43 in Windows 10. Try to uninstall and then reinstall your USB driver:

Step 1. Press Windows + S keys, search Device Manager, and click to open it.

Step 2. Expand disk drive and right-click the malfunctioning device, and then click “Uninstall”.
When a warning message appears that you are uninstalling a device from your system, click “OK”.

Step 3. Right-click your computer name in Device Manager and click “Scan for hardware changes”.

The Device Manager scans your system and automatically reinstalls your device.

Step 4. Right-click the device and click “Properties”.

Step 5. On the General tab of the device Properties dialog box, in Device status, you should see the message “This device is working properly”.

Method 3. Re-enable the Device to Remove Code 43 Error

Step 1. Open Device Manager, expand Disk drives.

Step 2. Right-click the problematic device with Code 43 error, select “Disable Device”.

Step 3. Click “Yes” to confirm.

Step 4. Re-click the device and select “Enable Device”.
Step 5. Restart the computer to keep all changes.

After this, you can check if your device is functioning properly now.

The Error Code 43 while using USB is one of the multiple Device Manager Errors which occurs when Device Manager stops the hardware and reports the unidentified problem. However, there are a few DIY methods to fix this issue, such as:

  1. Restart the system
  2. Update the drive drivers
  3. Diagnose the device manager
  4. Update the BIOS
  5. Undo any recent changes

Further, you can also check the below blog for more detailed methods:

Hope it helps!

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