USB flash drives can be defined as miniature hard drives that provide you the option of keeping your Data Recovery Services in a portable location. These drives are somehow different from hard drives in that they transfer and store their Data Recovery Services in different ways than standard hard drives. Their method of data storage and transfer is often the cause of the some of the problems they may experience. If you use your flash memory device incorrectly, or you just use it very often for an extended length of time, the Data Recovery Services has a high chance of becoming corrupted.
One of the proven methods to repairing USB flash drives is as follows:
1. Find an open USB port on your computer and plug the flash memory drive. Select ‘my computer’ from your start menu or your desktop. Once it has opened the window showing your hard drives, removable media and other devices, right click on the drive letter assigned to your flash drive. Click on ‘properties’ (it is usually the last option at the bottom of the list of options) and navigate to the ‘tools’ tab.
2. Click on ‘check now’ which is beneath the ‘error checking’ heading. You will see two check boxes written ‘scan for and attempt recovery of bad sector’ and ‘automatically fix file system errors’. Click on both check boxes and finish by clicking start.
3. Be patient while the error checking process runs. The checking duration will be determined by the condition of the flash drive and the size of the same. Once it has finished, you should try modifying or opening one of the files on the drive and find out if the problem has been solved. If the Data Recovery Services on the drive is still corrupted, navigate to one of the resources links.
4. Open the repair utility and click on the equivalent of ‘recover’ as each utility may have its own different option to handle the same task. Choose browse and then select the drive letter of your flash drive. Next you should click ‘output’ or the equivalent of the output option as this is the folder where your Data Recovery Services will be saved, and finish by clicking start.
When you format the flash drive, all Data Recovery Services on the drive will be lost. However, the data can be recovered using Data Recovery Services software designed to handle USB flash drives. The options you may use for error checking may vary depending on the operating system you are using.
Avoid making any changes or saving a file directly to the damaged flash memory drive. The best option would be transferring the file to your computer and moving it again to the flash drive after you have made the necessary changes. Since such drives are considered unstable memory, they can simply fail or become corrupted when you are changing Data Recovery Services stored on them.