Perform Corrupted USB Drive Recovery Successfully and Quickly

January 18, 2019

When your USB drive gets damaged, you might be prompted by certain message like disk needs to be formatted and you can’t use it as usual. To recover USB drive to normal status, refer to this paper.

USB drive becomes corrupted or damaged

USB drive is widely used to store or transfer data between different electronic devices due to its portability. When you are using USB drive, it is common that you find that your USB drive gets corrupted suddenly. You can’t open the pen drive or SD card and access the files saved on it within Windows File Explore. That is to say, it can be put in work again.

How to fix corrupted USB drive?

USB drive like USB flash drive can be corrupted due to various events, including virus attacks, inappropriate removal, power failure and format suspended etc. When you USB drive isn’t working, reconnect it or connect it to another USB port and then reboot computer. If it is still unable to be used, you can perform corrupted USB drive recovery via these different methods that will be presented later. 

Fix corrupted USB drive without formatting

At first, you don’t have to format your USB drive as formatting will delete all files, though you might be prompted by the message you need to format the disk before you can use it.

Way 1. Check and repair USB drive from File Explorer

Check Disk tool is very useful for corrupted USB drive recovery; it can check & fix USB drive file system errors and try to fix bad sectors. Do as follows:

1. Open Windows File Explorer, right click the partition on USB drive and go to Properties> Tools > Check Now (Windows 7) / Check (Windows 10).

2. In the pop-up small windows, tick Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery for bad sectors.

Fix Corrupted USB Drive without Formatting

PS.: You can also run Check Disk tool from Command Prompt if you want.

Way 2. Rebuild MBR for USB Drive

Or you can try to rebuild corrupted Master Boot Record (MBR) to restore USB drive via a disk partitions manger tool – AOMIE Partition Assistant Standard. Follow the steps below:

1. Free download, install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. In the main user interface, right click the USB drive and choose Rebuild MBR.

Rebuild MBR

2. Select the proper MBR type for your current operation system and then click OK.

3. Click Apply and Proceed to execute the pending operation.

Repair damaged USB drive via formatting

If you have backed up all data on the USB drive already, you can do corrupted USB Drive recovery by formatting.

Way 1. Reformat corrupted USB drive via Diskpart utility

When your USB drive is damaged, you may receive an error message saying that Windows was unable to complete the format if you format it directly within File Explorer. Thus, it is recommended you to format corrupted USB drive form Command Prompt. Take a look at detailed steps:

1. Access Diskpart interface by pressing Windows + R, inputting “diskpart” and hitting Enter key.

2. Run the commands listed below in order:

  • list disk

  • select disk m, m refers to the number of the USB drive

  • clean

  • create partition primary

  • format fs=ntfs quick, ntfs can be replaced with exfat or fat32

  • assign drive letter f, f refers to the drive letter for the USB drive partition and you can change it as you like.

Diskpart Clean Create

After a while, the corrupted USB drive will be repaired and you can access it and save data on it.

Way 2. Format corrupted USB drive via third party GUI software

If you are a green hand in computer, you are very likely to select wrong disk when you employ Diskpart utility to clean USB drive. In such condition, you can turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, which is with concise and friendly user interface, making it easy to handle. What’s more, it breaks the limitation of 32GB, enabling you to format 64GB, 128GB even larger drive to FAT32. Have a look at how it works:

1. Run AOMIE Partition Assistant Standard. Right click the USB drive partition and choose Format Partition.

Corrupted USB Drive Recovery

2. Choose the file system based on your demand. Here FAT32 is selected. Then, click OK.

FAT32

3. Click Apply > Proceed to commit your operation.

Notes:

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is suitable for Windows 10/8.1/8/7, XP and Vista.

  • For more other great functions like recovering lost partition, converting dynamic disk into basic without data loss, you can upgrade it to Professional edition.