How to Recover Corrupted Files from a USB Flash Drive

If you want to recover corrupted files from a USB drive, you can do so by using the Command Prompt or relevant repair tools. And, if you need to recover files from a 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.

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How Can I Recover Corrupted Files from USB Drive?

"Please help me to recover corrupted files from an 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 corruption/damage due to virus attacks, abrupt removals, or sudden power outages, leading to data corruption and file loss. To recover corrupted files from USB and fix a damaged USB flash drive without formatting, follow the methods below.

1 - How to Recover Corrupted Files from Flash Drive

When you experience data loss problems, the first thing you need to do is to restore as many files as possible. 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.

If your USB flash drive gets corrupted, and you can’t open or access files in it, you can use this reliable third-party data recovery program to recover files with ease. Download this file recovery tool to recover files from corrupted USB as long as your device can still be recognized by your computer. Also, read this useful article to learn to recover files from formatted USB/Pen drive

To recover files from a corrupted flash drive you need to:

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Step 1. Connect USB flash drive to your computer. Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and hover on USB device. Click "Scan" button to start looking for lost files on PC.

Step 2. When the scan completes, you can apply the "Filter" feature or the click the search box to quickly find the lost files from USB.

Step 3. Preview the files you want to recover. Click the "Recover" button to restore files. Check video tutorial here.

2 - How to Recover Corrupted Files from USB Using CMD

We'll teach you how to use a command to retrieve hidden files from USB, pen drive, or memory card. It is the most recommended way to recover files from a USB flash drive without software.

On a Windows 11/10/8/7 computer, you can use CMD to recover corrupted USB files with the below steps:

Step 1. Press Windows key + R simultaneously.

Step 2. Type CMD to enter the Command Prompt.

Step 3.  In the Command Prompt window, type attrib -h -r -s  G:\*.* /s /d (Replace G with the actual drive letter of the USB drive).

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

Manual execution of the command line is suitable for computer professionals, since incorrect commands can do more harm than good. Therefore, for security and usability, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative - EaseUS CleanGenius. It is a practical tool that enables you to check and fix file system errors, enable/disable write protection and update your system 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 CleanGenius for Free.

Step 2. Start EaseUS CleanGenius, choose "Optimization" on the left panel. Next, click "File Showing" on the right panel. 

show hidden files - step 2

Step 3. Select the hard drive and click "Execute".

file fixing - step 2

Step 4. After the operation completes, click the here link to check the hidden files. 

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3 - How to Repair Corrupted USB Files with Ease

If your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, photo, or video files are corrupted on your USB, how can you repair these files? Is there any way to repair corrupted files after recovery? There are various ways to repair these files. The most effective way to fix corrupted files is by using a file repair tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It can repair corrupted and damaged JPEG or JPG files, MP4/MOV files, Excel/Word/GIF files, and more.

Download and use the EaseUS file repair tool to fix corrupted USB files with a few clicks. 

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Step 1. Select the disk location where the corrupt files are saved and click "Scan".

Step 2. Wait patiently till the scan ends. After the scan, you'll go to the repair session as soon as the software detects corruption.

Step 3. Select the target file and click "Recover". You should save the repaired corrupted files in a different location to avoid data overwriting.

Bonus Tip - How to Fix a Corrupted USB Flash Drive

You can tell that your USB is corrupt according to the error messages below:

If you receive any one of the errors above, you can follow these USB fixes to repair a corrupted USB drive.

Fix 1. Check and Fix the Error on the Damaged USB Drive

If your USB can still be detected or recognized by your PC, you can try this method to fix the corrupted USB flash drive.

Step 1. Connect the USB to your PC. Go to My Computer > the USB drive.

Step 2. Right-click the USB drive and open its "Properties".

Step 3. Click on the "Tools" tab.

Step 4. Click the "Check" button.

Step 5. Let the scan process complete, then close the scan window. You can try to connect your USB drive to your computer to see if you have solved the problem.

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Fix 2. Reinstall USB Driver to Repair Damaged USB Flash Drive

If Windows cannot recognize the corrupted USB drive, you can fix it by reinstalling the USB driver.

Step 1. Press the Win + X keys and click "Device Manager".

Step 2. Expand Disk Drives, right-click on the name of your USB flash drive, and click "Uninstall".

Step 3. Click "OK". Disconnect the USB drive from your computer.

Step 4. Restart your computer. After a minute, connect the USB drive to your computer again. Windows will automatically install the latest driver and make the USB flash drive detectable.

repair damaged USB drive by reinstalling USB driver

If your USB drive still fails to work, you can send it to experts for a manual USB drive repair. 

How to Recover Files from Corrupted USB FAQs

If you want to know more about dealing with a corrupt flash USB drive or corrupted USB files, you can read the questions and answers section below.

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 and corrupted files are photos or videos, EaseUS data recovery can also repair corrupted JPEG and video files during the recovery process.

2. How do I fix a corrupted and unreadable flash drive?

Follow these steps to repair a corrupt hard disk without formatting it, and get back the data:

  1. 1. Run an Antivirus Scan.
  2. 2. Run a CHKDSK scan.
  3. 3. Run an SFC scan.
  4. 4. Use a data recovery Tool

3. How can I recover my USB?

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

  1. 1. Run USB data recovery software.
  2. 2. Scan all lost files from USB.
  3. 3. Restore all lost files from USB.

4. How do I recover files from a corrupted flash drive?

To recover files from a logically damaged USB stick:

  1. 1. Insert the USB stick into the computer's system port. 
  2. 2. Launch EaseUS USB data recovery software on your PC.
  3. 3. Click the USB and click Scan.
  4. 4. After the scan, choose the target files and click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC.

5. 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 a USB drive in simple steps.

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