Recover Files from Non Working Flash Drive

“Here I go. I bought a brand new SanDisk pen drive of 16GB storage capacity for day-to-day file transfer processes. But, I didn’t format it before using and copied several of important files onto it from my friend’s laptop. When I connected this USB drive on my desktop, it didn’t work. Windows prompts a message stating that drive was not initialized. So, how can I recover files from this non working flash drive? Please provide any good suggestions. Thanks in advance.”

USB flash drive or simply pen drive is the most used storage device among computer users to perform file transfer/sharing process from one system to another with ease. There are many brands of USB drives available today for enhanced file transfer processes through plug-and-play concept. However, these flash drives may stop working all of a sudden as a result of various factors. Some of the major factors for non functionality of flash drives on computer are:

  • Corrupt file system: Most of the times, damage to the file structure of flash drive can stop the drive from working
  • Wrong usage of USB drive: Making use of pen drive on different operating systems or incorrect way of ejecting the drive from system i.e. pulling out forcefully, etc. can corrupt the drive preventing it from working
  • Malware infection: Connecting the flash drive to virus infected system or entry of dreadful internet threats while downloading files from internet will also add to non functioning of USB drive
  • Other reasons: Improper way of formatting or reformatting flash drive; few logical errors or pilling of bad sectors on flash drive, etc. will all result in non working or undetectable or unrecognizing USB flash drive

Also, flash drive may stop working due to any physical or logical damage. But, data from flash drive which is physically damaged cannot be recovered by using any recovery software. Other than physical damage, if the flash drive is not working due to the above listed reasons, then one can try out the following method to recover files from non working flash drive.

  • Connect the non working flash drive to PC and check whether it is getting detected. If no, then go to Disk Management (Device manager) in Control Panel. Click on Disk drives option, then check whether the flash drive appears in list or not. If it appears,then you can recover files from it with the help of file recovery program. If the drive is not shown in Disk management, then it indicates that the flash drive is physically damaged and data from that drive cannot be recovered

Recovery of files from non working flash drive:

Employ Yodot File Recovery, which is the most referred and suggested software by data recovery experts to regain files from non working USB drive. This hassle-free utility is capable enough to bring back files from USB flash drive with different storage capacities formatted with FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems. Apart from undetectable or non working pen drives, the software can also perform file restoration from system hard drives, portable hard drives, memory cards, Fire wire drives and other storage devices after file deletion or loss scenarios. One can utilize this program to get back files from flash drives manufactured from SanDisk, Lexar, ADATA, Transcend, Kingston and other popular brands. The tool is well-suited to be used on Windows OS based PCs and laptops having Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003 and 2008 OS versions.

Steps to bring back files from non working pen drive:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery software onto a healthy Windows PC
  • Connect your flash drive from which files have to restored to this system
  • Install the downloaded program on the system and launch it
  • In main window, two options gets displayed “Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Click on Lost File Recovery option to retrieve files from not working USB drive
  • Next, software recognizes all the drives present on the system
  • From the list of drives shown on the screen, select the drive that represents your flash drive from which files have to be retrieved
  • Software quickly scans the selected drive and marks all the restorable files in a list
  • Makeuse of Data view and File Type view options to glance at the files recovered
  • Then specify a destination location on host system drive to save required files extracted from non working drive and click on Save

Keep these points in mind:

  • Avoid the habit of pulling out the flash drive informally from system; use Safely Remove option
  • Before using newly purchased flash drive to store files, format it correctly
  • Keep a copy of necessary files from USB drive to overcome unseen data disasters

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