How to Recover Corrupted Files from USB Hard Drive

Jean updated on Jul 05, 2019 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 free 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.

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 free 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 for free 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

Stop using your USB flash drive once you lose files on it, in case the newly produced data overwrites the entries to the lost files.

Step 1. Connect USB to your PC and run USB data recovery software.

  • Connect the USB flash drive on which your files to your computer and launch EaseUS USB data recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
  • Select your USB drive under External Devices and click Scan to start finding your lost files.
Select USB to scan and find lost files.

Step 2. Scan to find all lost files from USB.

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will thoroughly scan your USB flash drive and find all your lost data on it.
Scan USB drive to find lost files.

Step 3. Restore all lost files from USB.

  • After the scanning process, you can check and preview found USB files in this program.
  • "Deleted Files" is for you to find deleted files. And "Lost Partition Files" is quick access to find formatted data.
  • Double-click the files to preview and choose available ones, click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC or other external storage devices
Restore lost USB data.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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