How to Recover Corrupted Files from USB Hard Drive

Jean updated on Feb 27, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


If you want to recover corrupted files from USB drive, you can make it using the command prompt or applying related repair tools. And if you need to recover files from corrupted USB flash drive, Pen drive, or other external hard drives, you are highly recommended to try EaseUS data recovery software to restore data effortlessly.

How can I recover corrupted files from a USB hard drive?

"Please help me to recover corrupted files from external USB hard drive (USB Buffalo). I have important documents and photos on it, and I need them very badly. Your help is highly appreciated. Thank you."

The USB storage media is prone to be corrupted/damaged due to virus attack, abrupt removal, or sudden power outage, leading to data corruption and file loss. To fix a damaged USB flash drive without formatting or recover corrupted files from USB hard drive, follow the content below.

How to Recover Corrupted Files from USB Using CMD

We're going to teach you how to use the command to retrieve formatted, deleted, or corrupted data files from USB, Pen drive, and memory card. It's the most suggested way to recover files from USB flash drive without software.

For example, in a Windows 10/8.1/8/7 computer, you can use cmd to recover corrupted USB files with the steps below.

Step 1. Press Windows key + R simultaneously.

Step 2. Type CMD to enter command prompt.

Step 3. In the console window, type ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D X:*.* (Replace the X with the actual drive letter of the USB drive).

Step 4. Press Enter and wait for the corrupted file recovery from USB hard drive.

Manual input of the command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause more severe problems. Therefore, for security and usability, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative. EaseUS Tools M is a practical tool that enables you to check and fix files system error, enable/disable write protection and system update with one-click instead of typing intricate command lines.

Follow the simple steps below to show hidden files with this 1-click-fix software. 

Step 1.  DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free.

Step 2. Start EaseUS Tools M, choose "File Showing" on the left pane. Next, choose the target drive for scanning.

show hidden files - step 2

Step 3. After the operation completes, click the View button to check the hidden files. 

show hidden files - step 3

How to Repair a Corrupted Excel/Word Document

If the command prompt above can't recover the corrupted files from USB, you can try some repair tools to fix the corrupted files. Such as using professional photo repair software to recover damaged pictures, or applying Windows Office's repair utility to recover corrupted Word/Excel document. Here, we will show you how to repair a corrupted Excel file.

When Microsoft Excel detects a corrupted file when opening, it will automatically start File Recovery mode and try to repair the document. If automated File Recovery mode doesn't start, you can manually repair the damaged Excel document with the following method.

Step 1. Open Excel application, click "File" > "Open".

Step 2. Go to the location and folder that contains the corrupted XLS/XLSX.

Step 3. Choose the corrupted document. Click the arrow next to the "Open" button, and then click "Open and Repair". If "Repair" can't recover the corrupted files, click "Extract Data" to extract data from the workbook.

how to recover corrupted files

USB Corrupted? How to Open Files on a Corrupted USB drive

Except for the corrupted file recovery, many users are also troubled by data recovery from a corrupted USB drive, which is caused by both physical and logical issues. If you happen to meet USB flash drive gets corrupted, and couldn't open or access files in it. You can use a reliable third-party data recovery program to recover file with ease. 

EaseUS data recovery software enables you to recover files from corrupted, damaged or formatted HDD, SDD, USB flash drive, external hard drive, Pen drive, SD card, CF card, etc. And it supports 200+ file types recovery, including documents (DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX, PDF, HTML/HTM), photos, videos, audios, emails, zip, and more. 

Now, download this file recovery tool to recover files from corrupted USB as long as your device still can be recognized by your computer. Also, read this popular article to learn to recover files from formatted USB/Pen drive

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.

Select USB to scan and find 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.

Scan USB drive to find lost files

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.

Restore lost USB data

People Also Ask

1. Can a corrupted file be recovered?

Corrupted files are files that suddenly become inoperable or unusable. There are several reasons why a file may become corrupted. You can recover a corrupted file by using EaseUS data recovery program. If the lost corrupted files are photos or videos, EaseUS data recovery also can repair corrupted JPEG and video files during the recovery process.

2. How can I recover files from a corrupted USB for free?

You can use free drive recovery software to recover files from a corrupted USB for free. EaseUS free data recovery tool is a great choice to recover photos, videos, documents, and other files from USB drive in simple steps.

3. How can I recover my USB?

To recover files from USB flash drive, EaseUS data recovery can help you do it in three steps.

Step 1. Run USB data recovery software.

Step 2. Scan all lost files from USB.

Step 3. Restore all lost files from USB.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

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"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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