How to Recover Files from USB Flash Drive That Needs to Be Formatted?

Updated on May 27, 2020

If you get an error message saying "You need to format the disk before you can use it" when you connect your USB flash drive to your system, do not rush! First you need to understand everything in detail.

Formatting the USB flash drive is cleaning the disk, resulting in the corrupted USB drive being fixed and make working it correctly, but access to the files will be limited. Therefore, if the files on the USB drive are not important, feel free to format it to fix the issue. However, if the files in the USB drive are important, then first you need to extract the files from it before formatting. So, now the question is how to recover files from flash drive that needs to be formatted? Don't worry! It's not a big deal as long as you have Yodot File Recovery, a professional data recovery software.

Before we move on to recovering files from USB flash drive that needs formatting, let's see few scenarios that corrupts the USB flash drive leading to format error message:

  • Ejecting USB flash drive from computer when the data is being written or read on it may damage its file system after that you may receive format error next time when you plug flash drive to computer
  • Users are habitual of using flash drive in a rough manner.Using flash drive with different systems irregular power supply etc may result in severe corruption of flash drive and then it may insist to format
  • Viruses are highly perilous and have amazing capacity to alter or destroy file system associated to USB pen drive. Due to virus intrusion you may encounter format error insisting you to format flash drive

Yodot File Recovery - Free Software to Recover Data from Flash Drive That Needs to be Formatted:

The most easy and effective solution to extract files from USB pen drive that insists it must be formatted is to take advantage of Yodot File Recovery software. When you connect the flash drive and receive format error, simply launch this application. It will scan your pen drive thoroughly and display all the files in just a couple of minutes. It is completely automated utility that recovers Microsoft Office documents, compressed files, basic media files and other files USB flash drive. This utility is equally effective in recovering files and flash drives manufactured by SanDisk, Sony, HP, Toshiba, Samsung, PNY, Transcend, Kingston and others brands. In case you have formatted flash drive after receiving format error, you can avail this app. You can perform the fastest data recovery from formatted USB drive with ease by using this software on Windows computer.

Note:Users can utilize Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool for restoring photos, RAW images, videos, music files and other complex file types missing from corrupted, dead, RAW or inaccessible USB drive.

Guidelines to recover data from flash drive without formatting!

  • Connect USB pen drive and download Recover erased files software to your computer
  • Complete installation of software and launch it to start file recovery process
  • You will see two options displayed in the main screen, i.e. “Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Select “Lost File Recovery” option to let software start scanning
  • After scanning is done, this utility displays all the drives including connected flash drive on your computer
  • Pick your USB drive that was showing format error and click “Next”
  • Software scan the flash drive and displays all the files residing inside the selected USB pen drive
  • Mark all files which you want to save on your computer using the “Data Type” and “File Type” option
  • Specify desired location on your computer hard drive to save recovered files. Do not save restored files onto same USB drive

Helpful Ideas!

  • Avoid using the pen drive with different computers
  • Scan your flash drive with a good anti-virus app every time when you plug it to the computer
  • Use safe to removal procedure to disconnect USB pen drive