How to Recover Files from A Corrupted USB Flash Drive?

Updated on December 02, 2020

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When the USB flash drive is corrupted, and in such corrupted state, if you try to access it by connecting to your system, the system pops up an error message stating - "File or directory is corrupted and unreadable", or "The disk is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" In such situations, you need to do these things to protect your files safely:

  • Do not format the drive, because formatting wipes out entire files stored on it
  • Do not write any new file to this flash drive

Caution: As soon as you realize that your USB flash drive or files stored in it is corrupt, eject it from PC or laptop and keep it safely until you recover the corrupted or missing files. Avoid using the USB drive further as it might overwrite the lost files resulting in permanent loss.

Recover Files from Corrupted USB Flash Drive with Remo Recover!

Corrupted or inaccessible USB flash drive problem can occur in many situations. Regardless of the reasons, you can try Remo Partition Recovery Tool to retrieve all corrupted files and folders from your USB flash drive and undelete files from USB without losing data.  It supports file recovery from all popular USB flash drives including Transcend Jet Flash, Sony Micro Vault, Kingston Data Traveler, Lexar Jump Drive, Sandisk Cruzer Blade, and more.

You can also recover data from SD card even after factory reset. Just download the trial version of Remo Recover utility to scan the USB flash drive and check whether what files it can restore. If the required files are not recoverable, just don’t pay it. You have nothing to lose. So, download the free version of Remo Recover software to recover files from corrupted USB flash drive and preview them for free before saving.

Steps to recover files from Corrupted USB flash drive with Remo Recover

Download and install the free trial version of Remo Recover software on your system. Connect your USB flash drive to the system. Now, launch the software and follow step-by-step instructions to get back files from corrupted, damaged or inaccessible USB flash drive:

Step 1: Choose Recover Files option from the main screen, upon which the software displays the list of all the available drives. Now, select the USB flash drive and click Scan button

Click on Recover Files button

Step 2: Once scanning is completed by the software, the list of all the recovered files are displayed on the screen. You can now view the recovered files in either Data View or File Type View

File Type View of the Recovered Files

Step 3: Now, you can preview all the recovered files using Preview button.

Preview Recovered Files

Step 4: After previewing the recovered files, if you are completely satisfied with the tool, then activate the license of the tool, and save the recovered files at your desired location

Save The Recovered Files

How USB Flash Drive Get Corrupted, and Files in It Become Inaccessible?

There can be numerous reasons that may turn your files corrupt and unable to open on a USB flash drive. If the USB drive is unmounted improperly from the port, then it can lead to file corruption. Another reason for file corruption can be invalid data in directory structure or Master Boot Record (MBR) on the USB flash drive. Other possible factors that causes USB flash drive to be corrupted are mentioned below:

  • Severe virus or malware intrusion could corrupt files in the USB flash drive which may lead to data loss
  • Corruption in the file system of the USB drive makes it inaccessible. Improper usage of the flash drive or connecting it to a severely infected system can result in the file system corruption
  • Unplugging USB flash drive from computer without using Safe Remove Hardware option also corrupt the stored files
  • Interruptions while re-formatting or re-partitioning the USB flash drive can result in the corruption. Re-partitioning or re-formatting the USB drive with some un trusted third party partitioning tool can result in corruption of the drive