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How Can I Check USB Health and Fix USB Errors on Windows 11 and Mac

Updated by Roxanne on Apr 22, 2022
Written by Brithny
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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Check on Windows Method 1. Run CHKDSK...Full steps
Method 2. Run Disk Scan...Full steps
Method 3. Run EaseUS Partition Master...Full steps
Check on Mac Step 1: Open Disk Utility on your Mac by going to all your applications; Step 2: Select your USB drive...Full steps

Why Need to Check USB Health

It is highly recommended that USB flash drive users check their USB drive health regularly. Below are some common examples of why you need to check your USB drive's health.

  • Malfunctioning USB drive: If your USB drive sometimes works and sometimes it doesn't, then it's high time to check the health of your USB drive. Checking the USB health drive can indicate the cause of errors.
  • Windows Warnings: Occasionally, you see that whenever you plug in your USB drive, Windows asks you to repair your drive because of errors. You need to check your USB health to avoid these problems.
  • Data Safety: A USB drive with low health remaining is always risky. You can lose all your data from it as it can stop working anytime. So, a proactive approach is to check USB's health regularly.

These are some common examples and the symptoms of a USB with low health remaining.

Quick Guide to Check If USB Is Physical Damaged

Before you see the methods to check USB health on Windows and Mac, check if your USB is physically damaged.

A physically damaged USB drive can also throw errors and behave unpredictably. Go through the checklist mentioned below to detect your USB's external condition.

1. Check if the USB Case is broken

First, you need to check your USB drive outer case thoroughly. See if the USB's case is damaged from any place. Sometimes, a broken USB case can also cause various issues for its users.

2. Check if the chips in USB connection ports are broken

You will not be able to work with your USB if the connection ports are broken. Check your USB device plug and your computer's port keenly and ensure that they are not broken.

3. Check if the USB itself is burnt

A USB device needs minor voltage levels to run with your computer. Increasing/decreasing the power input can burn your USB. So, the best way is to ensure that your USB drive is not burned from anywhere.

4. Check if the USB is draught

Another indication of physical damage to your USB is when it is a draught. Make sure to dry it up first before using it again.

After going through the checklist, you will get to know if your USB case of the chip is broken or not. If your USB has problems, and it is not broken, then there can be a logical error with your USB.

The following sections below show ways to check USB health on Mac and Windows computers. Following the guide, you can fix USB errors on both Mac and Windows.

Check USB Health on Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7

There are various methods to check USB health on Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7. Let's see each method one by one. These methods help you to check the health of your USB drive logically.

Method 1. Run CHKDSK

CHKDSK utility tool in Windows helps you detect and fix logical errors from your USB drive. Follow the steps below to run CHKDSK through CMD.

Step 1: Open CMD.

Press the Win + R key, and Run Window will appear. Type CMD here and click on enter to open the CMD in Windows.

Step 2: In CMD, type the chkdsk *:/f command and hit the Enter key. (Make sure to replace * in the command with your USB drive letter).

After entering this command, the CHKDSK utility will scan your USB drive and check its health. If there are errors in your USB drive, it will also fix them.

running chkdsk utility

Method 2. Run Disk Scan

Another brilliant tool that Windows provides to scan and fix USB logical errors is the Disk Scan utility.

Follow the below steps to run a disk scan:

Step 1: Attach your USB to your computer and then open This PC.

Step 2: Right-click on your USB drive and click on Properties.

Step 3: Move to the Tools tab from your USB drive Properties Window.

Step 4: Select the Check option below the Error-checking section.

It will run a disk scan on your USB drive. Also, after the complete scan, it will fix any errors if found during the scan.

running disk scan

Method 3. Run Disk Health Checker - EaseUS Partition Master

Windows built-in tools are great, but they do not guarantee to fix your USB drive. Therefore, you can opt for a 3rd party tool that is EaseUS Partition Master.

EaseUS Partition Master is an all-in-one disk health checker tool. Using this software, you can fix any file system errors and scan bad sectors of your USB flash drive. Also, you can fix any logical errors in your external USB drives.

Download EaseUS Partition Master to check your USB drive health and fix all its issues. Then, follow the below steps to use this software.

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Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then, locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Advanced" > "Check File System".

choose Check Partition

Step 2. In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

check the pop-up instructions

Step 3. The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it complets, click "Finish".

finish partition check

Check USB Health on Mac

The previous section explained methods to check USB health on Windows computers. Here, you will see how to run Disk Utility to check USB health on Mac.

Follow the below steps to check USB Health on Mac:

Step 1: Open Disk Utility on your Mac by going to all your applications.

You can also press CMD + Space bar and type Disk Utility to open it with a shortcut.

Step 2: Select your USB drive from the left panel.

choosing your usb drive

Step 3: Click on the First Aid button, and it will run and show you logs regarding the health of your USB drive.

running first aid on usb drive

Check USB Health Is Easy, What Matters More Is to Take Good Care of Your Data

The only reason checking USB health is highly recommended is your critical data inside it. USB users might find it challenging to check USB health, but the process is much easier than assumed.

Checking your USB health is easy, and doing this process ensures your data security. The ultimate goal of checking your USB health should be to protect your data from any loss.

Follow the below tips to protect your USB drive health and your data security:

  • Regular backup of your data: Make sure that the data inside your USB is backed up regularly on some other drive.
  • Use of Antiviruses: A good Antivirus software can help you to protect your USB drive from malware and viruses.
  • Keep Updated on USB drivers: Make sure that you run the latest USB drivers. Whenever your Windows update, check and ensure that USB drivers are updated.
  • Cloud Backup Sync: Cloud storages are the best way to ensure that you do not lose your data. Therefore, make sure to sync your cloud drive account with your USB drive.

Following the tips above can help you protect your USB drive health and also helps to keep your data safe.

You can use the methods mentioned in this article to check your USB health and fix logical errors. The most recommended method is EaseUS Partition Master, which gives your all-in-one disk health checker solution.

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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Written by Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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