Unable to access the files in your USB/pen/flash drive on a computer? It is a commonly known fact that this is because it is unreadable. Either the file or directory is corrupted. It can be frustrating to face this issue. But don’t worry – this article is just for you.
Corrupted Pen Drive – Quick Fix
How To Open A Corrupted USB/Pen/Flash Drive On Your Computer?
Method One: Using a Command
This option is the lesser efficient of the two; but if your pen drive contains important files that you cannot afford to lose, you should go with this one. Follow these instructions:
Step One: Feed the Command
First, you need to open the RUN Command Box. You can do this by pressing Windows + R button. Once the box opens, type in this command: “chkdsk/f (the pen drive’s location)”.
For example, if your pen drive is located in G, your command will be: “chkdsk/f g”.
Step Two: Re-insert your Pen Drive
Then, just wait for a couple of seconds for the computer to check your pen drive for any bugs or errors. After it is done, remove your pen drive from the computer and re-insert it.
Your computer will then be able to read the USB, and you will have access to all the containing data.
Method Two: Formatting Your Pen Drive
This option is much more effective; if the above doesn’t work, this can solve your problem. But the only downside is that you will end up losing your data.
In the future, do keep a backup of all your important data, so that you can follow this method and easily open a corrupted or unreadable pen drive. Follow these instructions:
Step One: Check your Pen Drive for Errors
First, go to “My Computer”, where you can access your USB. Right click on the USB. Then, hit “Properties” and then, “Navigate to Tools”. Here, you will find the “Check” option. This lets you inspect your pen drive for any kind of file system errors.
Next, it will prompt you to scan the contents. Just begin the scan, and give your computer some time to complete inspecting your entire pen drive and fix any bad sectors. Don’t worry, it won’t take long.
Step Two: Diagnose or Format the USB
When your computer has scanned your pen drive, you can format your pen drive. This will make your pen drive accessible in your computer. Again, go to “My Computer”. Then, select your pen drive and right click on it. From the options, select “Format”.
Now, you can go ahead with the procedure for formatting your pen drive. Just follow the process and your pen drive will be emptied off all the corrupted files that were making it unreadable and inaccessible on your computer.
Step Three: Re-insert your Pen Drive
Finally, you can remove your pen drive from the computer and insert it again.
These are two reliable methods of overcoming the problem of a corrupted pen drive. As a safety measure, always be careful about what files you store in your pen drive, and save copies of your files in cloud storage services or your other devices. Which method did you follow? Let us know in the comments section.