Bring back Data from Malfunctioning Flash Drive

“Hi, unknowingly I bumped my flash drive against wall later when I connected the flash drive to system, it displayed an error message saying 'USB Malfunctioned, not recognized'. I had recently stored lot of precious files to that flash drive, is there any suggestion to retrieve data back from it?”

Flash drive is a small hard drive that allows user to save data in reliable compact location. Its work is slightly different from other types of storage drives, and they corrupt over time. If flash drive is malfunctioning, just unplug flash drive and press power button for few seconds. Now try to use USB again, if that doesn't work then remove all external device and Restart in Safe Mode by tapping F5 or F8 keys and hit Enter / Return. Then Open Device Manager, press Start and click on Control panel; Now double click System. On Hardware tab, select Device Manager simultaneously double click on 'Universal Serial Bus Controllers' and right click every device under 'Universal Serial Bus Controllers', press Uninstall and click OK for all. Finally Restart normally and try again. Don't panic about uninstalling, Windows will re-build them. If this process doesn't work then it is better to use reliable flash drive recovery software to bring back the data.

Some other scenarios that lead to malfunction flash drive are:

  • Occurrence of malfunction in Host controller hard drive
  • When computer won't recognize Flash drive
  • Getting 0 bytes memory usage on flash drive properties
  • Sometimes flash drive displays format error
  • Any software conflicts between plugged drives
  • Incorrect installation of flash drive on computer
  • Repartitioning of flash drive can make data inaccessible if any error occurs in between
  • When you scan data on flash drive using anti-virus program it removes unrecognized or corrupted data with notifying the user

Software to restore data from malfunctioning flash drive:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool helps user to regain data from malfunctioned flash drive on Windows system. It is engineered to retrieve Office files, generic media files, compressed files and other file types from malfunctioned FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 and ReFS partition. It possess built in algorithm to recover data from unrecognized drive under any critical situation in easy way. Addition to flash drive, user can recover data from malfunctioning hard drive, memory card, SSD drives, FireWire drives, external hard drive and many other storage devices. This utility is compatible on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 OS based computer. Apart from malfunctioned drive, it has effective feature to restore data from formatted, corrupted, crashed drives with SATA, SAS, SCSI, IDE interface on Windows desktop.

Steps to recover data from malfunctioning flash drive:

  • Connect malfunctioning flash drive to healthy computer
  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software on computer by logging in as local system admin
  • After completing installation process and follow instructions
  • Main screen will show two options like 'Partition Recovery' or 'Formatted / Reformatted Recovery'
  • Opt any one based on your data scenario that resulted in loss of data from malfunctioned flash drive
  • On next window you will find list of internal and external drives
  • Choose malfunctioning flash drive and press on Next button
  • After finishing the scanning process of selected drive you will get recovered data
  • View those retrieved list of data from Data View or File Type View
  • Mark required files which you need to restore back
  • At last browse for destination location to save regained data on system, but not on affected flash drive

Reliable Tips:

  • Always prefer to use better anti-virus software and update frequently
  • It is suggested to keep back up of your valuable data on multiple storage devices
  • Avoid downloading and installing unsafe tool on Windows system