How to Fix a Broken USB Stick and Recover Data

Jean updated on Sep 17, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles


Full broken usb stick data recovery solutions are here to help fix a logically and physically broken usb stick. To recover data files from a broken usb flash drive, memory stick or thumb drive that appears to be inaccessible, download EaseUS data recovery software to get files back.


This article is updating all the time in order to make sure that the solutions here are capable of solving your problem to a large extent. 

So far, we concluded 5 immediate ways for users to recover files off from a broken USB stick and quickly repair it. A broken USB can be physically damaged or logically corrupted, so the symptoms, as well as solutions, vary. Follow the guide carefully, and try every means to work out the problem and rescue data on a broken USB memory stick, flash drive, pen drive or thumb drive with the least effort. Here you can find the solutions to the following situation:

The USB has file system error
The USB won't read
The USB is not detected, recognized or showing up in PC
The USB port is broken
The USB is physically bent

Part 1. Fix a broken USB with Data recovery software/Disk Management utility

A broken USB always makes us worried, do you know how to repair it and recover files off from it? To start out, you should determine the exact problem there to identify whether it can be fixed or not. This part describes 3 types of USB flash drive suggesting it is 'broken' but not dead, and offers relevant helpful solutions.

Case 1. How to fix a USB with file system error

Errors would occur when the file system becomes RAW, for example, 'the disk is not formatted. do you want to format it now?' or 'you need to format the disk in drive X: before you can use it', 'this volume does not contain a recognized file system...', etc. Such a type of USB problem will cause data inaccessible, so you have to strictly follow the 2 steps to recover data from raw USB flash drive and format it to its normal state.

Procedure 1. Recover data from raw USB drive

Step 1. Select the Partition

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
  • Select the raw disk partition where you lost your data.
select the wanted partition

Step 2. Scan the Partition

  • Click the "Scan" button, and the software will automatically scan the Raw partition immediately.
scan the lost partition to find desired data

Step 3. Recover the Data

  • After the scan, you are allowed to preview some of the listed files.
  • You can preview them. If you find it difficult to find the raw files, click the "Extra Files" button and you will be able to see the raw data. Besides, you can search the file type to find the lost files.
  • Then, click the "Recover" button to get the data back.
select the wanted partition

Procedure 2. Format raw USB drive for reuse

Open "Windows File Explorer" > Right click the RAW drive and select "Format" from the menu > Click "Start".

format raw usb stick in windows file explorer

Case 2. How to fix a USB that won't read

Step 1. Right-click "My Computer" or "This PC" (for Windows 10) and select "Manage" from the menu.

Step 2. This will open a window called Computer Management. Select "Disk Management".

Step 3. Right-click on the USB that won't read by Windows PC and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths".

Follow the wizard and assign a drive letter to your 'missing' drive. Your USB drive would read and write properly now.

chang drive letter and paths to fix broken usb stick

Case 3. How to fix a USB that is not detected, recognized or showing up in PC

Even if you inserted the USB stick in the correct way, it'll not show up as expected. This issue is somewhat difficult to tackle. For the first attempt, go to Disk Management, if there is unallocated space, you need to create a partition on it.

Step 1. Right-click on the unallocated space and select "New Simple Volume".

Step 2. Follow the wizard to create a partition on the unallocated space.

create partition on unallocated space to fix broken usb stick

Part 2. Fix a broken USB by yourself without software

Let's begin with the worst case. We know that a thumb drive or a memory stick is portable, and we get used to putting it on a keyring or in the pocket, so it's prone to corrupt, especially the cable and port. Such physical damage can only be restored by some professional repair center, otherwise, do it yourself by carefully following the suggested methods.

Case 1. How to fix a broken USB port

If restarting or reinstalling USB port drivers does not fix the broken device, it's probably related to a hardware issue. There are 3 ways you can try to manually the damaged USB port. You can preserve the tutorial graphics to a local drive so that you can refer to the methods anytime.

steps to fix a broken usb port

Case 2. How to fix a bent USB stick

"The USB memory stick was bent in the port, the light comes on when inserted but the computer cannot recognize it... any advise if the information on it can be saved?"

I guess that bending a USB flash device is not uncommon, and the fact is that we don't decide to give instructions here about how to fix a USB that was broken in this way. To tell the truth, without a huge investment in a professional USB repair service, it's beyond repair. Once a USB port is bent or greatly deformed, it's unlikely for a computer to recognize it, the suggested EaseUS data recovery tool can't help, either. It's time to buy a new one.


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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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