Recover Data from Damaged USB Stick

“From couple of days, I am getting error message that went, “USB device not recognized” soon after connecting with Windows Vista system. When I checked USB stick properties, it is showing ‘Unknown device’ and its memory usage specified as 0MB instead of 4GB. I had stored plenty of files and folders on my USB stick. Anyone suggest me a way to recover data from damaged USB stick. Any help is appreciated!! Thank you!!”

USB stick or memory stick is a portable, fast as well as cheap source for storing huge amount of data used by students, normal people and professionals on daily basis. However, USB stick may get damage due to low quality design or human errors. As specified in above scenario, damaged USB stick may display several errors in order to notify something went wrong with the device. There are numerous factors, which cause damage to USB sticks. Let us discuss some of them:

  • Corrupt file system: USB stick’s file system might get corrupt due to improper usage of the device like ejecting USB stick from system while accessing its data or repeatedly removing the USB stick without using “Safe Remove Hardware” option from PC which can lead USB Stick damage
  • Virus problems: External threats like viruses, spywares, malwares, etc attacks on USB stick when it is used in unknown devices or virus infected devices may damage it
  • Other reasons: Other reasons include sudden system shutdown due to power failure while accessing or sharing data from USB stick; using same USB stick on different operating system; interruptions while transferring data from USB stick to system, etc may cause damage to USB stick

These reasons signify damaged USB stick as well as data loss from USB Memory Stick. So, if you have lost data from USB memory stick, then restore inaccessible or lost data from damaged USB devices with the help of powerful data recovery software like Yodot Hard Drive Recovery.

Damaged USB stick recovery software:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool rescues missing or lost data from damaged USB stick in an easy and efficient way on Windows computer. This software successfully recovers various types of files such as MS Office files, compressed files, HTML files, media files and many more from damaged USB Stick. Along with USB stick, this program is able to regain data from other storage device like hard disks, memory cards, pen drives, portable hard drives, SSD drives and many more. By utilizing this application, you can even retrieve information from dead flash drive, not working or unreadable USB drive efficiently. This software is compatible to run on Windows systems and supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 operating systems.

Simple procedure to recover data from damaged USB stick:

  • Download Yodot Hard Recovery application and install the software to a healthy Windows computer
  • Plug in damaged USB stick to that Windows computer
  • Launch the software and stick to the instructions available on screen
  • Use “Partition Recovery” option to get back missing or lost data from damaged USB stick
  • The program scans the system and displays all the logical and external devices (USB stick)
  • Select the partition or drive which represents damaged USB stick and click on “Next” button
  • The utility starts the scanning process and shows all lost or missing data recovered from the selected drive
  • Mark the files or folders which you would like to restore
  • Finally, save the retrieved data to your desired destination location but not on to the same damaged USB stick

Precautionary Steps:

  • Use an updated antivirus software to detect and remove viruses from USB stick
  • Avoid abrupt removal of USB stick from system or any other devices while accessing its data
  • Always backup your essential files on one or more storage devices to compensate any data loss situations

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