Restore Files from Flash Drive that Needs to be Formatted


Have you ever come across a situation where in you need to get some important information from your flash memory drive and it simply refuses to open? Well, you’re not alone here as it is a situation faced by many users around, just like you. Read on to know what exactly is the error which is preventing you from accessing your flash drive. Also learn a reliable way of overcoming such issues by performing flash drive data recovery that needs to be formatted and conveniently get access you all of your important data.

Think through this scenario:

“I have a portable flash drive that has some really important files in it. When I connected it to a computer after a long to view some files, somehow all the files from it are not visible or accessible. Connecting it to a Windows computer USB port, the only message that I see is, ‘the drive needs to be formatted. Do you want to format it now?’

If I follow the message and format the flash drive, I would lose all the files that are stored on that drive. So is there any way that I can go around it and have my data accessible?”

Solution - To resolve the issue 'the drive needs to be formatted. Do you want to format it now?', you ahve to go with the option 'Yes'. And to recover lost data, look for a backup if you have. If there is no backup, then it is recommended to choose a reliable data recovery software - Remo Recover.


Steps to recover files from flash drive that needs to be formatted

In any data loss situations, you don’t have to bother much about it as Remo Recover utility has the ability to retrieve data from a flash drive that needs to be formatted. Not only that, this software can restore formatted flash drive data as well.

Step 1: Install Remo Recover on your PC and launch it. From the home screen select "Recover Partitions" option. Immediately, the tool shows all thee logical and physical disks available in the system. Choose the appropriate disk (Flash Drive), and click "Scan" button

Restore Files from Flash Device that needs to be Formatted - Home Screen

Figure 1: Home Screen

Step 2: Then, the tool scans the flash drive to find all its partitions. Once scanning is finished, it displays all the partitions with their file systems. Choose the flash drive partition that shows format error message when tried to access and click "Scan" option to start the recovery process

Recover Data from Flash Drive that Needs to be Formatted  - Select USB Flash Drive Partition

Figure 2: Select USB Flash Drive Partition

Step 3: Now, Remo Recover scans the USb flash drive partition, which needs to be formatted to extract all its files. Once scanning and recovery is complete, it shows the recovered files in "Data View", and "File Type View"

Restore Files from Flash Drive that Needs to be Formatted  - Recovered Data View

Figure 3: Recovered Data View

Step 4: Finally, you preview the recoverable files by right clicking on the file and selecting Preview from the displayed options.

Retrieve Files from Flash Drive that Needs to be Formatted - Preview Recovered Files

Figure 4: Preview Recovered Files

Step 5: At last, if you are satisfied with the recovery results and happy with the tool, then purchase the license of the tool and save the recovered files as the demo edition doesn't allow to save the files

Retrieve Data from Flash Drive that Needs to be Formatted - Save Recovered Files

Figure 5: Save Recovered Files

Some common factors that can cause errors in flash storage devices:

A hard drive prompting to be formatted for further use could be the result of corrupted file system. This error can happen due to a number of reasons and some of the most noted ones are added below:

  • File system corruption: The file system is a type of data structure on a storage device that keeps all information of its stored contents and other data on the drive. It has a vital role for storing, accessing and transferring data from any storage volume and if it gets damaged or harmed due to any reasons, you will lose the permission to access any data present on that drive
  • Improper flash device removal: Incorrect plugging out of the flash memory device from a computer without using the option of properly removing it, can lead you to lose data on it

Remo Recover software comes packed with a number of useful applications, like the ones listed below:

  • With the help of this powerful software, it is possible for you to restore all sorts of data from a USB flash drive that includes all media files, software data and all other office files such as Word files, slides, PDFs, etc.
  • You can use this efficient tool for recovering files from RAW flash drive and other storage devices such as USB thumb drives, USB pen drives, memory stick devices,external hard disk drives, etc.
  • Restoring of data is possible even after you format the drive, delete a partition, and also when the partition is corrupt
  • It supports installation on all major versions of Windows operating systems including Windows XP, Windows 7, Vista, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10