Flash drives or USB drives are ideal for storing large quantities of data. They are similar to hard drives as far as saving data is concerned. You can store all your documents, videos, pictures, etc., on your flash drive. In short, you can save all of your personal and professional information on the flash drive. Sometimes, your flash drive might get corrupted. So, when you insert this drive into the USB port on your computer, it might not get recognized by the system. Or else, you would be unable to access any of the files saved on the drive. In such a situation, you might wonder how to recover files from a corrupted flash drive.
Reasons Behind A Corrupted Flash Drive
Your USB flash drive could get corrupted due to various reasons. Either physical or logical issues might cause corruption. One major reason might be that you have improperly disconnected/pulled the drive from your computer’s USB port.
You need to disconnect the drive from the computer using the Safely Eject Device option. This option can be easily found when you click the USB device icon on the taskbar. Instead of doing this, if you just pull the drive out of the computer, it might result in the corruption of the flash drive.
However, there are some effective methods to recover the files from a corrupted flash drive. Before we get into the actual instructions, let’s look at the second cause of your drive corruption.
Another reason for stored data corruption on your USB flash drive could be invalid data in the MBR (Master Boot Record) or PBR (Partition Boot Record) or the directory structure on the drive.
Whatever the reason, you need not think that it’s the end of the world when your flash drive gets corrupted.
Recovering The Files
You can make use of any trusted and reputed data recovery software to recover the files from a corrupted flash drive. You can utilize such a third-party tool for the recovery of files, especially when there is a physical error, like a broken connector or circuit board.
The following troubleshooting methods will help in recovering the files from a corrupted/unresponsive flash drive.
Method 1: Assign A New Drive Letter
When your drive is corrupted, your computer might be unable to detect it. In this case, you can try assigning a new drive letter to your storage device (flash drive). Here, you need not use any third-party tool for file recovery. Follow the steps given below to recover the files from a corrupted flash drive:
First, you have to insert the USB flash drive into the computer.
Next, right-click on My Computer and then choose the Manage option.
You will find that the Computer Management window opens up. From the left pane, select the Disk Management option.
Now, right-click on your drive and then choose the Change Drive Letter and Paths option.
You can see the options to assign the new drive letter. From the displayed menu, select the desired drive letter and then click on the OK button.
Now, check whether the flash drive is being recognized by your computer. If yes, then you can start retrieving your files from the drive.
If you cannot recover the files using this method, move on to the next one.
You have now seen one method to recover the files from a corrupted flash drive.
Method 2: Make Use Of The Command Prompt
First, insert the flash drive into your computer.
Next, go to the Search box and then type cmd. Press Enter.
Right-click on the Command Prompt option and then choose Run as administrator.
In the Command Prompt window, you have to type chkdsk h: /f
In the above command, “h” is the drive letter. It might be different on the computer you are using.
The verification of the files and folders will start now.
You will get all the recovered data from the Lost.dir directory in the USB flash drive.
You have now seen another method to recover files from a corrupted flash drive.