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What to do if PDF Drive is not working?

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PDFDrive is an online book repository where you can search and download your favourite books for free. However, many users have recently reported that PDFDrive is not working properly and causing issues with downloading. In this article, we’ll deal with the possible causes behind this issue and how to fix them so that you can use PDFDrive seamlessly.

Possible reasons why PDFDrive may not work

Here are some common reasons why PDFDrive may not work or you cannot download books from the website.

  • File is unavailable: The file that you want to download may be unavailable on the PDFDrive servers at the moment.
  • Server unavailability: Due to traffic outrage or maintenance schedule, the server may be unavailable for some time. Usually, in this case, there’s nothing you can do except wait it out.
  • Browser cache issues: Over time, the browser cache may get corrupted, and you will see problems in several websites, including PDFDrive.
  • Slow or unstable Internet: An unstable or slow Internet will cause disruptions in downloading.
  • Outdated browser: An outdated browser is also the cause of many website issues.
  • Faulty antivirus or firewall settings: The antivirus or firewall may block you from downloading the files.

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PDF Drive not working: Possible fixes

Now that we have understood the causes let us head to the fixes so that you can resume your PDF Drive experience:

Use any other PDF source

If the file you requested on PDF Drive is unavailable, you can try another source such as Zlibrary, Libgen or Google Books.

You can report the broken link of the file back to PDF Drive so they can update it.

Restart your browser or device

Sometimes, there may be minor bugs or glitches in your system or browser. Restarting them will likely fix the bug.

Clear the browser cache

As explained earlier, a corrupt browser cache may disrupt websites such as PDF Drive, causing it not to work.

Here’s how to clear the cache on Google Chrome.

If you are using Microsoft Edge, here’s how to clear the cache on Edge.

Fix your internet

Slow internet is the most common cause of such problems. So, check the internet connection of your home or office.

Take a look at this article on what to do if the internet isn’t working properly.

Head to this article to understand what steps you should take if your WiFi isn’t working.

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Disable browser extensions

Sometimes, browser extensions may cause the websites to crash. So, disabling a few of them is advisable to run websites seamlessly.

Here’s how to disable browser extensions on Google Chrome:

Step 1: Click on the triple-dot and then head to Extensions > Manage Extensions.

Step 2: Now, click Remove to remove the extensions completely or turn off the toggle individually.

Update your browser

An outdated browser will cause minor compatibility issues, and the websites may crash unexpectedly.

Head to this article to learn how to update Google Chrome.

Disable antivirus or firewall

Often, an antivirus or firewall may block the PDF file from downloading. So, turn off the antivirus software while downloading the PDF file and then turn it back on.

In conclusion, you can easily fix the PDF Drive not working issue by following the above instructions.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: