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How to fix a corrupted USB drive on Windows 10

Knowledge of how to fix a corrupted USB drive can save you a lot of work in redoing your project all over again. A USB pen drive works under the same memory principle as a computer hard drive. Before you try to fix the USB drive, know what is causing all the problems. This can mitigate future storage-related issues. Improper removal of the USB drive from the computer can be the genesis of a corrupted USB drive. The categories of issues can be logical or physical issues.

Below are some ways on how to fix a corrupted USB drive logically on Windows 10.

How to scan the drive for logical issues on Windows 10

Recovering data from a logical technicality: This can be done by scanning the USB drive using Windows 10, creating a solution to the corrupted USB drive. To scan your USB, the drive has to be inserted in the computer system port. Then go to the removable disk icon under the "My computer" icon list.

Access the pen drive via right-clicking the properties tab, click on the tools tab using the left-click mouse button to check the pen drive. The options given under this part is to either automatically fix system errors or attempt to recover the bad file sectors.

Check on the option of your preference. Then after deciding on the option, click on the start button to initiate the scanning process. The interface will notify you once the scanning is complete and consequently ask you to close the tab.

How to repair the USB flash drive on Windows 10

Insert the USB drive into the computer system through the USB port.

  1. Click on the "My computer- Removable disk icon. Then right-click the "Properties" tab to the Removable disk icon. Left-click the tools tab to select the button named "Rebuild" on it.
  2. Let the computer do the task of scanning and restoring files that were previously corrupt.
  3. Finally right- click the USB pen drive and click on eject to safely disconnect the drive from the computer system.

Although not all files can be recovered, restoring the USB drive to its normal function is achievable.

How to fix physical issues on a corrupted USB drive on Windows 10

Broken stems, connectors, and dead drives tend to not connect to the computer's power system. This can bring about many error messages once the drive is connected to the system. The messages will communicate to you that you need to connect and insert the drive into the computer even if it is in the right computer port. Customary error messages include "Please insert Disk into Removable disk" or "USB not recognized or has malfunctioned."

Once you get such messages, disk formatting will help you in fixing a corrupted USB drive. The formatting should be done before using it on your computer. However, if the data on your flash drive is important to you, you should look for a flash drive data recovery solution before proceeding. The formatting process is identical to the drive rebuilding process and will erase all data on the device.

The error message is also a part of a USB drive issues. It manifests itself if the drive is virus corrupted or when the flash drive controller software is corrupt. It can also happen if there is a problem with the NAND memory chips. The corruption of the NAND memory chip renders the drive unreadable, and the disk capacity is normally 0MB. Consequently, Windows 10 also notifies you that the disk is corrupt as it displays different disk name.

You can fix the unreadable drive by enabling the device on the control panel.

You simply go to start then control panel to access the device manager.

Enlarge the list nest to "disk drives option." Double click on the arrow facing downwards under this tab option to "Enable device." Then click next consecutively and finally click on finish.

How to choose the best antivirus for Windows 10

If you are wondering what is the best antivirus for Windows 10 that will help a great deal to fix a corrupted USB drive on Windows 10, then we have an answer. Some USB drives and software are not recognizable on Windows 10 due to the conflict of some antivirus software. The Bit defender 2019 and Trend Micro Antivirus software are compatible with Windows 10.

Bit Defender Antivirus Plus 2019

This is a comprehensive, fast, and 1-year warranty feature pack. The basic license covers three devices at a go. The comprehensive feature set is reliable as you can monitor the testing lab reports on varied time. They are effective even to a span of one year. It is a compatible antivirus to Windows 10 and functions properly in which it detects and blocks malicious virus links. It also secures your browser options as well as scan alerts to missing security patches. Bit Defender Antivirus Plus 2019 is also effective in choosing the ideal system settings thus eliminating the ones that may compromise your computer system.

Trend Micro Antivirus Software

It has all the important protection features you need in antivirus software. It checks emails and web-filters before any document download commences. However, it is also weighed down by unnecessary extra program additions. The pricing is also fair and transparent. The payment is made only once a year and protects your Android, iOs, and Mac in addition to Windows. Parental control, password management, and social media monitoring are also included in the antivirus.

Will Ascenzo
Will Ascenzo
Will is the lead blogger, copywriter, and copy editor for Gillware Data Recovery and Digital Forensics, and a staunch advocate against the abuse of innocent semicolons.