How Can I Recover Files from a Corrupted USB - DIY Guide..!

"When I connected my USB drive to Windows system I got an error message that 'USB device is not recognized'. So checked USB properties, it displayed 'unknown device'. I have saved a huge amount of files in it, how to get them back?"

USB drive may get corrupt due to human error or low-quality design. But the above case specifies that something went wrong with the gadget.

You can fix undetected USB drive in a manual way. For that, you have to recognize the drive first, so go to Start -> Control panel -> Device Manager and expand the list next to Disk Drives option. Here you can see drop down arrow on the USB drive. Double click and select Enable Device option. Then click Next twice and finally hit on Finish.

After this process, you have to give drive letter so follow this procedure: Go to Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security -> Administrative Tools and select Computer Management. Right click on the USB drive and select the option to 'Change Drive Letter and Paths' and click on ADD and press OK.

Here you can assign any letter to USB drive by hitting it. Now Right click the USB drive to make it as Online.

If your USB drive is corrupted due to logical issues or software errors, then you can fix it by scanning the problem using Windows:

Insert USB drive into the USB port of Windows system. Go to My Computer and then to Removable Disk Icon. Here Right click on Removable Drive icon and open its properties. Hit on Tools tab and then on the Check Now button. You will get two options like Automatically fix file system error and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. Check both the boxes and hit on Start which leads to scanning process and later on close after the completion of the scanning process. Hopefully, this would help you to solve issues with the USB device.

If none of the above methods help you then the last option is to try USB drive data recovery software. You can try Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool’s free download version to see whether your files can be recovered from a corrupted USB drive.

Recommended Utility to Recover Data from Corrupted USB Drive - Yodot Hard Drive Recovery:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery application can recover files from corrupted USB Drive on any versions of Windows operating system. It can retrieve documents, generic media files, PDF, compressed files and other file types easily. Data recovery is possible from system HDD having SATA, PATA, IDE, ATA, SCSI and others interface. It helps in recovering files from the drive formatted or deleted with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, and exFAT file system. Along with lost file, it can recover accidentally deleted volume in Disk Management from USB Stick, USB hard drive, memory card, SD card, SSD, internal/external hard drive, digital camera, and various other storage devices. This product can recover data from Windows 10, Windows 8.x, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating system. Its inbuilt algorithm scans entire drive present on the drive and recovers all data from it. As mentioned earlier, the free demo version assists the user to know each and every step to recover files from corrupted USB flash drives.

How to Recover Files from Corrupted USB Drive?

Step 1: To recover corrupted USB files, connect the drive to a healthy computer using the USB cable. Launch Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software and click on the Partition Recovery button.

Step 2: Select the connected USB drive (corrupted) for scanning. Next, select your required file types for recovery or simply click on the Skip option to select all files by default.

Step 3: After a deep scan, you can view recovered files from the corrupted USB drive either in Data View or File Type View.

Step 4: Select and Preview your recovered files from the USB drive, in order to verify the data USB data recovery process.

Step 5: If you are satisfied with the recovery result, proceed to Save the recovered data on any healthy storage device.

Do's and Don’ts!!!

  • Make use of read-only option to protect your important files
  • Immediately stop saving new data on USB drive once you lose data from it
  • First, recover data from corrupted USB drive before you scan it using Windows if it has your vital files and folders

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