How To Recover Data From A Corrupted Or Unresponsive USB Flash Drive

Transferring data from one computer to another is easier today than it ever was. This has been made possible by flash drives, which have put floppy drives and even CDs on the verge of extinction. The compact size and faster data transfer speed have made flash drives the most preferred choice for users. The way a data is stored in a flash drive is similar to a hard drive, but the convenience that a flash drive offers can’t be obtained from a hard drive.

However, that doesn’t mean flash drives are infallible, as there are many issues that may arise in a flash drive if not used properly. One of the most common issues in a flash drive is ‘Corrupted or unresponsive USB Flash Drive’, and it is needless to say that seeing this error message on the computer’s screen gives a dreadful feeling, especially when you’ve got some important data stored in the device.

Thinking about that data being lost forever may sink your heart, but thankfully, there is a way to recover data from a corrupted or unresponsive USB Flash Drive. To know what the troubleshooting process is, read on. Alternatively, you can contact our providers at Keystone Data Recovery to fix your faulty USB drives.

Recovering Data from a corrupted or unresponsive USB Flash Drive:

  1. The first thing you need to do is try to insert the flash drive in different ports on your PC to confirm that the problem is in the flash drive and not the port.
  2. If you’ve connected the flash drive to other ports, yet facing the same issue, then it is your flash drive that has the fault.
  3. If you are seeing the flash drive in the ‘File Explorer’, but not being able to access the data, then your flash drive hasn’t been assigned a letter by Windows. In that situation, you will have to do the following:
    • Open ‘Start Menu’ followed by typing ‘Disk Management’.
    • You will see now various results on the screen, so you need to select ‘Create and format hard disk partitions’.
    • Find your flash drive from the available list of drives and then, choose ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths’.
    • In the end, click ‘Change’ and choose a new letter from the drop-down menu.
  4. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then you’ll have to reinstall the drivers related to the USB flash drive. For that, you need to follow below-mentioned steps:
    • From ‘Start Menu’ go to ‘Device Manager’.
    • In ‘Device Manager’, click on ‘Disk Drives’ and expand this menu.
    • Right click on the name of the memory device you want to fix followed by clicking ‘Uninstall Device’.
    • Once the driver is uninstalled, remove the flash drive, restart the computer and insert the flash drive as doing that will trigger Windows OS to automatically look for the suitable drivers and will install it too.
  5. If the problem still persists, then maybe the flash drive has been corrupted, but you can still fix it. Try the following steps:
    • Open ‘Windows Explorer’.
    • Go to ‘This PC’ and right click on the name of the drive you want to fix.
    • Select ‘Properties’ from the context menu.
    • Select the ‘Tools’ tab on the new window.
    • Go to a section named ‘Error Checking’ and click ‘Check Windows’.
    • If there is any problem with the flash drive, then it will notify you. Then, you can select ‘Repair Drive’ to initiate the fixing process.
  6. Another method to fix a corrupted flash drive is by using ‘Command Prompt’. For that, follow these steps:
    • Open ‘Start Menu’ followed by typing ‘cmd’.
    • Type ‘chkdsk e:/r’ and press ‘Enter’. If the flash drive is not using E:/ drive, then replace it with the appropriate letter.
    • You will see basic information about the drive on the computer’s screen along with the scanning progress.
    • Once finished, you will be able to see the findings along with the repairs done by Windows.

If you are still not able to retrieve your data, then you can download and install a data recovery app, as there are many available on the internet. There are paid apps as well as free apps, so choose one as per your understanding. Or send your drive to get an assessment from the experts at Keystone Data Recovery.

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