The repair of a USB flash drive has its own features. The good news are that unlike SD cards these devices are maintainable. Therefore, if you can't replace your pen stick on a warranty, why don't you use 60-70% chance and repair it?
The first step is to insert your USB thumb drive into the computer's USB drive. Click on 'My Computer' and choose the USB drive that appears. Right-click on the drive and go to 'Properties'. Then choose the 'Tools' tab. Click on the 'Check Now' button. You should be now presented with two repair options, i.e. 'Scan for and attempt to recover bad sectors' and 'Automatically fix file system errors'.
In this article we're going to consider different cases and typical issues associated with the breakdown of USB flash drives, as well as options of their solution.
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It's not the same, although the concepts are quite related.
The main task of a repairing process is to fix the performance of a flash drive so it can:
As a result of repairing a pen drive you can easily lose all the data stored on it, even though you will still be able to read it and write data on it.
File recovery is possible only on a working flash stick.
How to understand that your pen drive needs to be repaired:
It's incredibly easy to damage a USB flash drive. Like any physical device, flash memory can be a subject to external influences (such as strikes, thermal effects, ingress of water and etc.). In addition to this, there is a number of software errors due to which your USB flash drive can be out of order.
Quite often the problem lies in the damaged pins of the controller and USB connector.
How to check it. In order to check a pen stick for this problem, try using it with another computer. Or insert another pen stick (if there is any) in the USB port of the same computer.
If other pen sticks can be easily read on your PC, the problem is probably in the storage device.
If you can't read the data from your pen stick only on this computer, the problem may be in the USB sockets of the PC or laptop motherboard.
How to repair usb drive:
Most often the problem is in the controller of a flash stick which is the main link in the drive. The controller contains important chips, and disconnection of the contact or the burnout of legs will make data recovery from such flash stick a very problematic process.
How to fix a USB flash drive.
Ask the workers of the company repairing flash sticks in your city for the cost of services. It can start from $30 and go up to $500 - 1000.
USB flash drive contains a firmware which is a microcode with service data. If the firmware of a flash stick is damaged, it will inevitably stop working.
How to fix it. Such flash stick can't be formatted via usual universal soft like SDFormatter., it will require a full “trepanation”, i.e. reflashing. This will require a firm utility from the manufacturer.
However, you can reflash your flash stick only after figuring out the name of its controller. The difficulty lies in the fact that manufacturers usually use different types and models of controllers and can implement not only their own, but also others practices. Therefore, it's not always possible to immediately determine the type of your flash memory controller.
Fortunately, there are special usb repair tools allowing you to determine the type of VID&PID* for the storage drives from Transcend, Silicon Power and etc.; we're going to list them and provide the links to the installers.
(* VID is the vendor's ID, PID is the device ID.)
ChipEasy is a user friendly program that will help to retrieve a USB flash drive. It allows you to find out the manufacturer and model of your USB flash drive which will help you to reflash it. Mostly ChipEasy is applicable to Kingston and Transcend devices.
Flash Drive information Extractor is an utility for gathering all the information necessary for repairing: The VID&PID of your controller, the model and type of your flash memory (for Silicon Power and other models). It differs in the amount of detail of the information provided on the device.
CheckUDisk quickly scans the source and provides VID&PID for repairing a USB flash drive and its reanimation with the same amount of detail as CheckUDisk.
You won't manage to find a firmware for a lot of storage devices. In such case, you can forget about repairing it yourself. As an option you can use the variant we've described above: a donor controller transplant.
There is a number of flash stick problems that don't require repairing and can be solved via programs. In such cases, usually the system information on the stored data is corrupted: the size and title of a file, its directory structure, cluster size, file system and etc.
How to fix it. We're going to share the links to the guides which will help you to get rid of errors on your pen stick and make it readable again:
In case of a problem occurring, it's important to determine its symptoms and causes. This will help you to make the right decision and also it will save your time and nerves. Some people don't mind trying all the possible methods of repairing a pen stick and for some it might be easier to buy a new one and forget about it. In any case, we've given you all possible ways to repair a USB flash drive.
If the described above methods aren't helpful and your flash stick still doesn't want to work, we suggesting going through other sections of our website: there is a plenty of other useful guides on repairing a USB flash drives and recovering a SD card. You're also welcome to ask questions via the feedback form and we will do our best to answer them.
The connector of a usb drive not working, but 4 pins are alright and it was the board that went down. My sister had been using it for 2 days after it happened as she had no clue about it. The system shows the flash drive as a removable drive. There is nothing at the bottom. She didn't copy the files. Please help.
It's unclear from the question which board exactly broke down. If it's a chip board, unfortunately it's impossible to repair it. If your USB flash drive connector broke down, you can replace it. The only thing you need is to know how to use a soldering iron. Well, and a soldering iron itself. Here you can look at the scheme of the pins of a USB flash drive board.
My micro pen stick (32GB) broke in half. How can I recover the information from it? Please tell me where to go and who can help me to fix it?
Alas, but there is no way your pen stick can be repaired or somehow reanimated. If the problem was in its firmware, then there could be some chances. As for physical damage, it all depends on the kind of damage. If the chips of flash memory are safe and sound, you can read the data from it via PC 3000 Flash reader and etc.
If the files aren't of great importance, the most obvious solution is to buy a new microSD card.
A flash stick won't open, it isn't recognized as a removable drive and it isn't shown in Device Manager. It's unlikely to happen due to physical impact, since there are 3 flash sticks with the same problem and with each of them different people were working.
You haven't specified the type of memory you are working with. In any case, try working with it on other phones or devices to which it can be connected. If it's an sd card, connect it to your PC via a card reader.
Check whether the connected device is shown in Device Manager. If yes, use any software for disk partitioning/ regular Windows tools or firm software for formatting a flash stick in NTFS or FAT available on the website of the manufacturer.
I have a JetFlash Transcend 8GB USB flash drive. Which can no longer be recognized by the system. I formatted it via JetFlash Online Recovery program and it deleted all the data. Is there a chance to recover the data stored on the USB flash drive?
Unformat program is suitable for recovering Transcend usb stick. The chances of recovery depend on the depth of formatting: Full or Quick. Anyway, try the deep scan option (you can find it in Recuva).
I have a Canon A610 camera. During the process of memory card formatting the camera ran out of its memory. After I charged it the camera gave me a notification: memory card error. It won't format at all. Please tell me if there is a chance I can somehow fix it. Or should I just throw it away? (it's a SanDisk SD card).
If there is any useful information on your SD card, then you should connect it via a card reader to your PC and perform a recovery via SanDisk RescuePRO Deluxe program.
If there is no useful information left there, insert it into a card reader, connect it to your computer and perform formatting via windows tools or Storage Tools utility.
During the formation of a pen stick (transcend) it was pulled out from a PC. It was quite obvious that it won't be working any more and testing only confirmed it. The computer doesn't see it, the indicator of the pen stick blinks all the time, it can't be seen in 'My Computer', but it's shown in Device Manager as a device that works normally and is recognized as a storage drive.
The answer. Probably, its file table is damaged. You can still repair your pen stick by creating a partition and formatting it. As it has already been mentioned, you can retrieve it via special tools such as Acronis Disc Director, but it's better to use TestDisk app.
I've recently bought a USB flash drive Transcend JetFlash 220 (TS4GJF220). I decided to format it via a service utility for UT163 controller.
After a while I decided to bring everything back to the original state so I launched the program for redistributing the place between open and closed partitions. When I insert the flash drive, I see 2 partitions as right after I bought it but when I try to receive the data on fingerprints or enter a new fingerprint, an error occurs (Access violation).
Is there any way I can get the flash drive back to its original state?
After connecting via a USB port one of the computers under my assistance at work, 3 flash drives and 2 flash players were damaged. At first they heated up a little bit and then they couldn't be recognized at all or an error occurred when I connected them to other (and to my) computers. However I'm not sure that it happened because of exactly this computer, but it might be the case (some USB flash drives were connected to it many times and everything is fine with them and they continue to work). Is it possible? Can I somehow check: whether I should blame it on the USB port or are all those USB sticks and players faulty? The last player stopped working at all both as a player and as a flash drive .. Is there anything I can fix an usb drive or should I just throw it in the trash?
Perhaps it's the fault of the computer port (if it's located on the front panel of the system unit) in such case you should blame it on the cable connecting the motherboard with this port since due to its poor quality any device you connect may be overloaded what can pretty much affect its performance. For example, the device can heat up and it will eventually led to its failure.
If you connect devices to the ports located behind the system unit, then I guess you're just very unlucky with buying low-quality devices..
Everything can be fixed in in a service center but are you ready to pay for it? Although, if you want to to repair it, you should start studying this topic from the very beginning.
By the way, such problems are much less common in offices with grounded 220V power supply network.
My USB flash drive is 8GB Kingston Data Traveler 101 Retail. I got this flash stick with a password-protected part of memory, so I made a decision that there was nothing necessary on it and I formatted it. After formatting I found out that the password-protected part just vanished and from the initial 8GB I can see only 5.6 GB available (which weren't password-protected by its previous user) so how can I repair a flash drive and recover the missing 2.4 GB??
The answer. Try to determine the type of its controller: its vid and pid (UsbIDCheck and etc.), and send this information here or: with a search engine find a special utility for your controller and perform a low level format. If you do everything right and your memory card has no physical damage, the problem will be eliminated. And if you're afraid to mess things up, then simply send us the vid and pid of your USB flash drive.
I have a Transcent JetFlash 1GB USB flash drive
VID 058F and PID 6362.
Chip Vendor: Alcor(??)
Chip Part-Number: AU6368
The thing is that there is a lot information regarding this device, but I found nothing about how to fix it without losing data. The flash drive has accounting records for a couple of years written on it .. With no backup..
The problem is most likely with the controller since OS sees it, but shows that the table of files is unknown, and it can't recognize the USB drive itself.. I launched precious JetFlash Recovery program and it managed to recognize the USB flash drive, but I didn't dare to click on 'Format' because of the above mentioned.
In this regard, how can I repair an usb drive without losing even a byte of information???
Generally these are incompatible tasks. Usually in case of severe problems you can either fix the flash drive or recover the information from it. If you need to save the data stored there, then please contact the professionals working with it Your flash drive will have to be disassembled.
But first you can check whether it can be read, try to make an image file of it. If it can't be read, then read above what to do, and if it can be read, you can try to retrieve your data from the image via well-known recovery-tools. But keep in mind that this can be a waste of time since the best way is to edit the file system manually, because if you do it automatically, you can get only a rubbish pile in the end.
Obviously, it all makes sense only if the data hasn't yet been lost in attempts to recover it via 'miracle programs'.
Good afternoon. A problem has occured. My laptop can't recognize a new USB flash drive Corsair Voyager 4GB. Vista SP1 says that 'the hardware ID is missing.' Other USB sticks can be easily seen by this laptop. This flash drive works perfectly with other computers. While surfing the internet I found a lot of questions regarding this matter but without any answers. Thank you in advance.
I also had a similar situation with Voyager and Vista. For some reason the volume name 'hang up' (since there was an attempt to assign it an already occupied letter), what helped me was manually assigning a volume name..
The answer. Give a try to Safely Remove program and via it change the volume name of the connected flash drive.
This might have been already discussed, but I want to share my experience of USB flash drives recovery.
I have two USB flash drives 16Gb V85 and with enviable constancy (one within six months, another one even faster) they died, moreover the cause was in the hardware since during their operation I noticed how heavily they were heating up which was very much alarming.
At first, I just tried fixing them via AlcorMP.exe but it was useless. Afterwards when I disassembled the flash drives I found out that one out of 4 pins of the connector of one flash drive fell off, following this I've soldered every pin of two microcircuits in the flash drives, launched AlcorMP.exe once again and voila everything is fine
Please, help me. My USB flash drive is recognized but I can't open it, i.e. it's enabled when connected to PC but when I click on 'Removable disk E' - it says “insert a disk..”. As I understand this problem occurs quite often and it can be solved. I need your help to determine the chipset and figure out the software via which it can be formatted.
Identify the type of your controller: http://www.antspec.com/usbflashinfo/. Then find the optimal USB flash drive repair tool specially designed for your controller (see the article above).
USB flash drive of an unknown manufacturer was connected to a USB port which once (as I found out later) burned another flash drive. Now it can't be seen by the system or CheckUDisk utility, usbflashinfo and UT163-MPTool-v126.96.36.199. When it's connected, the UT163 T6 microcircuit is strongly heated. What else can I give a try to in order to recover the information?
My USB flash drive is A-data 16GB (the text on its aluminum case has been erased, alas)
It's recognized as an unknown device on all computers.
UsbIdCheck is strongly dissatisfied with it and it doesn't want to recognize it (an error DeviceFailedEnumerationoccurs).
The data is backed up. Is there any use in trying to recover this flash drive? Or should just exchange it under the warranty?
The answer. Give a try to a Prolific PL-2528 MPTool CM M2209 pen drive repair tool. It helped me to recover my A-data 16GB.
I don't know neither the model of my USB flash drive nor its capacity (there are no markings).
The controller is CBM2091 and the memory module is 29F16G08MAA
The problem is certain in the controller since it's faulty (it strongly heats up, experiences voltage failures and its led hardly burns).
The question is: if I try to read the info from the memory microcircuit via a programmer (which is possible), am I likely to recover the data from the bin file? I have no clue about the file system.
The answer. The file system is most likely FAT32, but everything is mixed in the bin-file so without special programs and experience it's quite difficult to gather data, to put it mildly. You'd better consult a professional.
USB flash drives can become corrupt or damaged for a variety of reasons. Luckily you can fix your USB for free. Windows chkdsk and Windows disk error checking are able to repair errors on your disk from the command line. Afterward, with EaseUS data recovery software, you can get your data back from a failed pen drive without losing files.
USB flash drives, pen drives, thumb drives can easily get corrupted or result in device failure due to a virus attack, file system corruption, hardware malfunction, improper shutdown, and more.
When it happens, you have to repair the corrupted USB flash drive or pen drive to make the device work normally again. However, the method to repair a corrupted USB flash drive or pen drive is often a headache for users who don't want to lose data on their device. If the data is not of consequence, formatting the device will usually be a sufficient fix.
Fortunately, via the combination of a built-in Windows disk/USB repair tool and a third-party USB flash/pen drive data recovery software, you can repair a failed pen drive for free and recover all lost data.
When you search 'USB flash repair software' or 'pen drive repair software' on Google, a massive number of hard drive repair tools advertise to repair pen drives and recover data. But few of them work as well as they advertise.
Most software can only scan or find some existing data on the corrupted device. To fully resolve the USB corrupt error, you'll need more than just third-party repair software.
Corrupted USB Repair Tools: No matter how your USB flash drive or pen drive became corrupted or failed, USB repair software combining with data recovery software will help.
# First: Use the Windows disk check tool to repair the device.
# Next: Download powerful data recovery software to get all of your data back.
Before you start, check if your corrupted USB or pen drive can be detected by Windows PC:
The first step is to check the disk and repair its errors. Afterward, use data recovery software to recover any missing or inaccessible data.
To repair the USB drive, we will use the CHKDSK utility within the Command Prompt. There is also an alternative that does not use the command line that is shown below.
Step 1. Insert the corrupted USB or pen drive to the USB port on your PC.
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Step 2. Go to the search bar and type: cmd, hit Enter.
Step 3. Click cmd.exe and open Command Prompt as Administrator. (Sign in as Administrator with your account if the program asks for permission).
Step 4. Enter: chkdsk j: /f /x< /p>
If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.
EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.
To fix file system error or disk error:
Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.
Step 2: Open the software and select the 'File showing' option.
Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the 'View' button to check the drive.
You may also do this same task using the Error-checking in the device properties menu. It can be more intuitive if you are not very comfortable with the command-line syntax. For Windows 10:
Step 1. Insert the corrupted USB to your PC via the USB port.
Step 2. Right-click on the USB device, select Properties.
Step 3. Go to Tools, click the Check button under Error checking.
Step 4. Select Scan and repair drive.
Step 5. Continue to follow the wizard interface, it will prompt you to automatically fix disk errors if any error is detected.
EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard is 100% secure. With this software, you can get everything back with no limitation.
It supports USB pen drive, flash drive, or other removable storage devices of all major brands such as Sony, Transcend, SanDisk, Kingston, Apacer, Panasonic, PQI, Toshiba, Super Flash, and Ridata.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is incredibly simple to use. The steps to recover data from a USB drive are as follows:
Step 1. Run USB data recovery software.
Connect the USB flash drive to your computer and launch EaseUS USB data recovery software on your PC. Select your USB drive which marks as a removable disk, and click 'Scan' to start finding your lost files.
Step 2. Scan all lost files from USB.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will thoroughly scan your USB flash drive and find all your lost data on it. After the scanning process, use the Filter feature to filter a specific file type. You can check and preview found USB files in this program.
Step 3. Restore all lost files from USB.
A double-click will allow you to preview the file results. Choose the target files and click 'Recover' to save them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices.
To thoroughly repair your USB and be sure that it is in perfect working condition after fixing it, you can back up the data to your computer, reform the device, and restore it.
For software or driver issues, you can scan and repair a flash drive using your computer's built-in repair utility. If you lost data after USB corruption, you could use EaseUS data recovery software. This data recovery software can easily retrieve lost files from corrupted flash drive, SD card, hard drive, and external hard drive. Download EaseUS USB data recovery software and get back data with ease.
You have learned about the best USB repair tool to fix a corrupted or damaged USB drive. And always keep your data safe before repairing the USB drive. However, not all of the USB repair tools and solutions are reliable. If you still have problems, read the following questions and answers.
Yes. You can fix a corrupted USB using CHKDSK. Here are the steps:
Step 1. Plugin your USB flash drive or pen drive to your computer.
Step 2. Go to the start menu, type in 'cmd' in the search bar, hit enter, and then see something named 'cmd. exe' in a list of programs.
Step 3. Right-click 'cmd. exe', run as administrator, and type 'chkdsk /X /f G:' or 'chkdsk G: /f' (replace G: with the drive letter corresponding to your USB drive). The chkdsk operation will then start to repair the damaged USB drive.
There are several ways to fix an unrecognized USB drive. Here are the methods:
The USB storage media is prone to be corrupted/damaged due to the following reasons:
If there is something wrong with your USB driver, the USB flash drive will not appear in Windows 10 File Explorer and may show up as unallocated space under Disk Management.