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How to Fix USB Flash Drive Issues Without Formatting?

In this write-up, we have talked in-depth about how to fix the corrupted USB flash drive or unrecognized flash drive without formatting it. However, if you have faced an unexpected and unforeseen data loss on your USB flash drive. We have also provided you with a foolproof way to recover your valuable USB files without breaking a sweat.

I was getting a few errors while accessing my files on my Pendrive. Now I am stuck in the formatting process. Please tell me how I can fix a corrupted flash drive without formatting? How can I recover all my files?

USB flash drives are the best means for data storage in comparison with internal hard drives. This portable storage device makes the data transfer process easy and trouble-free. So, computer users often save important files like pictures, videos, documents, etc. on USB drives or use them as a bridge for data transfer needs. Ultimately, USB flash drives are considered as secure storage media for sensitive data or files.

However, these USB drives stop working all of a sudden, become unreadable, or fail to get recognized if they become corrupted or their file system is damaged. If so, you cannot access the files present on the USB drive. And, typically we format a corrupted or inaccessible USB flash drive in order to make it usable. At the same time, we know that the formatting action erases entire files located inside the drive.

So, if you have any important data stored on the USB drive that is not recognized, turns inaccessible, or got corrupt then, formatting is not the right solution. Then, how to fix USB Flash Drive Without Formatting? Well, here are a few easy and effective resolutions to fix a USB flash drive without formatting.

Table of Content:

Part 1: How to Fix Flash Drive Without Formatting Using Manual Methods.

  1. Try Other USB Ports.
  2. Enable USB Drive.
  3. Use Check Utility
  4. Change USB Drive Letter.
  5. Repair USB Drive.
  6. Run CHKDSK Command

Part 2: How to Recover Data from Flash Drive Without Formatting?

How do I Fix a Corrupted Flash drive without Formatting?

You can easily fix a corrupted USB flash drive without formatting by following the givens solutions below. In case, you have saved any sensitive or important data on the USB drive that is corrupted or turned inaccessible then, it is suggested to restore files from it first and proceed with the troubleshooting techniques mentioned in the Part 2 section of this article. It is important to recover all important files before trying the manual methods.

If you are sure, the corrupt USB drive has no vital files then directly start fixing it by following the methods explained in the next section.

Part 1: How to Fix a Flash Drive Without Formatting?

By following the listed methods you will effortlessly fix the corruption on your Flash drive. However, with the help of the right data recovery utility, you will be able to recover the data from the corrupt flash drive.

Method 1: Try Other USB Ports

Try connecting your USB flash drive to other USB ports of your computer. And, make sure you have updated device drivers.

Method 2: Enable USB drive

  • Open Control Panel and select Device Manager
  • Expand Disk Drives list
  • Double-click on the arrow of your USB drive and choose Enable Device

select the usb drive and click on enable option

  • Click Next and Finish

Method 3: Use Check Utility

As the pen drive is not physically broken and the PC is able to recognize and assigned a letter by your computer, the Check utility option can fix the damage.

  • Connect the USB drive to your computer.
  • Click on This PC/My Computer
  • Right-click The USB Drive and Click on Properties.
  • Click on the Tools tab, then click the Check button.

  • Then your computer will automatically start a recovery process for bad sectors.
  • Once it is finished, go back to the desktop, right-click the pen drive icon and click Eject, finally remove the drive from the USB port.

Method 4: Change the USB Drive letter

  • Go to Control Panel, select System and Security, then Tools
  • Click on Computer Management
  • Right-click on the USB flash drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths

click on USB flash drive and select change drive letter and paths option

  • Click on Add button and then OK
  • Assign a new (available) drive letter to the USB drive and complete the process

Changing the USB drive letter is very simple yet one of the most effective ways to fix the USB drive says no media problem. Click on this article to find out other ways to fix USB shows no media in Disk Management issue. 

Method 5: Repair USB Drive

The easiest way to fix a flash drive that has gotten corrupt is by repairing the USB drive.

Follow the steps below to know how to fix the USB.

  • Go to My Computer/This PC
  • Right-click on the USB flash drive and select Properties
  • Switch to the Tools tab and click the Check (or Check Now) button
  • Enable Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors checkboxes
  • Hit Start and wait till the repair process gets completed.

Method 6: Run CHKDSK Command to fix the corrupted flash drive without formatting

How to fix a USB that has gotten corrupt? CHKDSK command can help you fix your flash drive.

  • Go to the Start menu and type cmd in the search tab
  • You will see the Command Prompt application
  • Right-click on it and select Run as administratoropen command prompt application and click on Run as administrator
  • Next type chkdsk U: /r and hit Enter key (replace U with your USB drive letter)

Now, Windows will start repairing your corrupt USB flash drive. Wait for a while, until the process is done. After completion, you can use your USB drive without any issues

Part 2: How to Recover Data from Flash Drive Without Formatting?

Connect your USB drive to another working computer and try to copy files from it. If the USB drive is not recognized or fails to show up on your computer, then go to Disk Utility (Mac) or Disk Management (Windows) and check if the drive is shown up there. If the drive is listed in your system utility, then recover data from it using Remo Recover.

Recover USB drive without Formatting with Remo Recover

Remo Recover is your go-to data recovery software that allows you to restore deleted, lost, hidden, inaccessible, corrupt, or formatted USB flash drive data in just a few simple steps. Even you can use this tool to restore deleted files from pen drive, external hard drives, or other USB devices in a few steps.

Step 1: Connect the USB flash drive to your computer using a USB cable. Download, install and run Remo Recover software.

Step 2: Now, choose the USB flash drive from which you want to recover data. Click on the Scan button. If you are unable to find the connected USB drive. Click on the “can’t find the drive?” option.

select the drive

Step 3: Post-scan, the data recovery tool displays all recovered files from the USB flash drive. Click on the Filter option to sort the files based on file types.

click on the filter option

Step 4: Preview the recovered file by tapping twice on it.

preview the files by double clicking on them

Step 5: Select the files that you want to save and click on the Recover button. Browse and select a folder where you want to save the recovered files.

select where you want to save the recovered files

Step 6: Done!!! The files have been successfully saved.

data saving process has been successfully completed


Here we end our discussion on “how to fix USB flash drive”. Hope this article was helpful in fixing a flash drive without formatting. If you have any more questions or looking for something that was not mentioned in the article. Feel free to drop a query in the comment section below.

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John Harris

Senior Editor, Content Analyst and a fan of exceptional customer service. John develops and publishes instructional and informational content regarding partition management, Windows hot-fixes, data management and computer troubleshooting.

As a tenured data recovery specialist, John shares exceptional insights and blog posts about data loss and data recovery across any storage device. With 8+ years’ experience in writing for Data Recovery for both Mac OS and Windows OS computers, he is an avid learner who always wants to polish and simplify the data recovery process. John passes his free time playing Chess and reading Science Fiction novels.

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