Some users experience an awful moment while using a computer with USB stick embedded on it.
When the flash drive plugged into the USB port but the PC didn’t read the devices, it’s easy to assume that flash drive is corrupted and all data might be lost (forever).
Luckily, that’s not always happening.
You have a chance to recover back your files wholly and the drives can be used again (in most cases).
Here are favorable methods to recover data from corrupted flash drive.
There are many ways to solve this issue. Some of them require new software installations and some others don’t need any third-party program (as long you use Windows operating system).
Before we start, are you sure the flash drive is corrupted?
You need to ensure whether the USB flash drive corrupted or not before proceeding to repairing process.
Try to plug in the devices with a different computer.
Let’s fix it!
#1 Fixing a corrupted flash drive by changing the drive letter
Start from the easiest snap. Sometimes, Windows did not assign the drive letter correctly.
To fix this conflict, follow these guides:
- Click Start Menu and type Disk Partitions
- After the program found, run it
- Select the USB you want to fix
- Right-click on it and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths.
- Then click Change and choose a new letter from the drop-down menu.
If you still unable access the flash drive, this solution might be not the case.
Please continue reading.
#2 USB stick probably need to reinstall its driver
The USB flash drive might fine and your data stored safely.
But, it did not give you access because Windows has a problem with USB drivers. Here’s the solution:
- Open Start Menu, type Device Manager
- On the search result, open the program as mentioned above
- After that, click on Disk Drives down-arrow in the left side to expand menus
- You will see list devices connected to your machine. Right-click on the suspected USB stick and click Uninstall Device
The uninstallation process usually takes less than a minute.
The next thing to do is eject your flash drive from the computer, restart your machine, and finally plug in back your flash drive.
Windows will automatically reinstall new drivers for it.
If this doesn’t help, continue scrolling.
#3 Repair the USB devices
Luckily, Windows have tons of repairment tools that could help its user overcome various technical issues, including USB device.
Check out the following guide:
- Open My Computer (Libraries)
- Right-click on the corrupted flash drive directory and select Properties
- Select Tools tab and then click Check, this may be required administrator permissions
- If the system found a problem, it will show a new alert window
- Click Repair drive button
Wait until the repairment process finished. The duration is vary depending on the damage level.
If everything works well (which usually so), you have a big chance to gain access to the flash drive without losing any data.
#4 Recover data using official software from brands
Fortunately, many of USB drive brands had also released recovery software for its product.
It almost works better than third-party apps, because they certainly know devices better than any other entities.
For example, SanDisk now provides recovery apps called RescuePro Deluxe for PC and Mac.
The similar approach also had done by Kingston with its MediaRECOVER to get back deleted files from SSD and USB flash drive.
There are hundreds of USB flash drive brands that I can’t show you all those recovery software here.
Instead, you can search on Google using formatted keyword “name of brands+recovery software”.
#5 Some apps designed to recover data from corrupted flash drive
Just in case the Windows-based recovery system doesn’t help. Some apps are designed to retrieve data from corrupted flash drive.
There are many options out there, but here I provide the most popular and reliable software available.
- Recuva. This is my favorite app for retrieving back deleted or damaged data from internal storage and even USB flash drive. These apps are free and have a works well on Windows PC.
- EaseUS. It is actually almost the same with Recuva but for some reasons, it reliable enough to scan deeply on SSD, memory cards, and digital cameras. It can recover nearly all corrupt scenarios.
- Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery. This apps has advanced options to recover data from a corrupted drive, including HDD bad sectors and accidental deletion.
That’s it! The most simple way to recover data from corrupted flash drive.
If this guide all fails, I recommended you to call the technician and let them take over your frustration.