How to Recover Corrupted Files from Your USB Flash Drive

Published on September 3rd, 2012 by | Category: Computer

It’s really frustrating to know that your very-important files in your flash drive get corrupted.  And you don’t know what to do because you’re not really good when it comes to computer and for the reason that you forget to back-up a file for it.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to recover your corrupted files from your flash drive to be accessible again with just thirteen (13) simple steps. You will also be able to find valuable tips and information to avoid data corruption from your flash drive.

But first, we will answer all the questions in your mind right now.

When my files are corrupted, does this mean that my files are gone forever? No, definitely not! But it really depends on what causes the file to be corrupted. If it is caused by a virus, then there’s a great possibility of data loss.

Then, what are the common causes of a corrupted file? One is the interruption of transmission of files. It happens during the copying of files from a computer to your flash drive and then interrupted by the user. Second would be the improper ejecting of your flash drive from the USB port of your computer. And third would be the ejecting of flash drive even if there are still files or program that are open from the said flash drive.

So, let’s begin…

In this tutorial, all you need to have is a computer, your flash drive with the corrupted files, and yourself.

Note:  This tutorial is intended only for those who cannot access or open their files from their flash drive because of file system errors. If you can still see the files but you cannot access it in some ways, then this tutorial is for you. If you sense that the corruption of files are caused by a virus, then this tutorial cannot help you, but of course, you can still try this as your first step of your file recovery.

  1. Turn on your computer and insert your flash drive to one of the USB port of your computer.
  2. Click the Start Menu and find Computer. Click it.
  3. A page should appear and on that page, find the name of your flash drive. In this example, the name is Flash Drive.
  4. Point your mouse to the flash drive and right click. A dropdown box should appear.
  5. On the bottom part of the box, find Properties and then click it.
  6. By clicking Properties, a pop-up box will appear. Find the Tools tab and then click it.
  7. From there, you should find the Error-checking option just like the example image below.
  8. You should click Check now… button and a small box should appear right next to the first one.
  9. From that box, you will then check Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors and click Start.
  10. Wait for the process to finish. It’s basically the process of finding errors from your flash drive. If there are some issues or errors found, then it will automatically fix them for you.
  11. After that process, a box will appear saying that the process of checking the disk for some errors is successful. It is actually a summary report.
  12. You can now close the remaining boxes, and check the content of your flash drive.
  13. Congratulations! You can now access your files if successful.

If the problem still exists, then most probably the corruption of files is caused by a virus. You should scan your flash drive with your preferred anti-virus software. Basically, virus is transmitted to your flash drive if you connect it to a PC that is already infected by a virus. Once your flash drive is infected, it will cause your files to be corrupted or worst data loss. if you will be lucky, some virus will just hide the affected files or folders. All you need to do is to unhide them. Follow the steps below.

  1. Open your flash disk.
  2. Go to organize. You can find it at the upper left corner of the screen. Click it.
  3. A drop-down box will appear, and then select Folder and select options.
  4. After clicking it, a box will appear and then select the View tab.
  5. Select show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  6. Unchecked the following:
  • Hide empty drives in the computer folder
  • Hide extensions for known file types
  • Hide protected operating system files
  1. Click Apply then hit OK.
  2. If there are hidden folders, you can view them already.

Help and Tips:

In order for us to avoid data corruption in our USB flash drive, follow these tips:

  1. While on the process of transmitting or copying files from your computer to your flash drive, do not remove or eject it. Wait for it to finish the transmission.
  2. Eject your flash drive properly by going to the Start Menu, and then click Computer. Find your flash drive and right click. Find Eject and click it.
  3. You can actually remove automatically your flash drive without proper ejecting because they are made that way, but be sure that there are no running or open files from that flash drive.
  4. It is better to eject your flash drive properly for you to know that there are still running or open files or program from your flash drive.
  5. Check your flash drive regularly for system errors by following the steps above.

One thought on “How to Recover Corrupted Files from Your USB Flash Drive

  1. Michael

    I’ve tried this and it successfully work. Thanks to Vahid Chaychi for the help in this tutorial.


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