How to Recover Files from Corrupted USB Flash Drive?

Learn how to recover corrupted files from USB flash drive without formatting. Try the demo edition of Remo Recover software for free to retrieve corrupted files from flash drive in a few simple steps.

Sometimes, when you try to open your USB flash drive in Windows computer, the system pops up 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

Important: As soon as you realized 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 Corrupted Files from 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 Recover 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 JetFlash, Sony Micro Vault, Kingston Data Traveller, Lexar Jump Drive, Sandisk Cruzer Blade, and more.

You can 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 corrupted files from USB flash drive with Remo Recover

Download and install the free trial version of Remo Recover software on yuor 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


What causes file corruption on USB flash drive?

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
  • Users may accidentally delete some system files and make USB flash drive unreadable by computer
  • Unplug USB flash drive from computer without using Safe Remove Hardware option also corrupt the stored files
  • USB flash drive not recognized or not detected by system for unknown reasons causes files to get corrupted or inaccessible