How I got my corrupt usb drive working again

 And it just stopped working. It got detected by Windows and the driver got installed smoothly but when I tried to open it, it said that I should insert a disc into the drive. The message looked similar to this one:

I have been thinking that usb drives are a reliable source of data storage. But today I learned that there is nothing called reliable in the digital world. You have to have your backup stored in multiple locations to save yourself from losses.

Now I had the data in my 1 GB usb drive. But it seemed that it had ruined itself. It was not even formatting. Now my concern was not the data but the usb drive itself. I did fix the usb drive but had no data in it.

Now how did I fix it. Let me tell you. I first reinstalled the driver but nothing happened with same results in hand. So I went to Right click My Computer –> Manage –> Disk Management. Fortunately the drive was showing there but it was not showing any file system in it, just the total amount of space left. I right clicked the removable drive and chose to Change Drive letter and paths. Then removed the already assigned drive letter, Right clicked the removable drive again and chose to partition the drive. Windows created a new partition on the usb drive, assigned the new drive letter and formatted the partition successfully. This saved my drive from ruining. If anyone of you have got problems with your usb drives, please share your experiences.

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49 Responses

  1. thank you it worked

  2. how to ramove autorun.inf virus

  3. Hey, Thank’s Mate.
    After months of frustration and failed attempts to get my USB flash drive working again, I followed your instructions to the letter. Now it is as good as new, really chuffed. cheers
    Vangellis

  4. All the problem is that i cant press partion and format doesnt work….

  5. What if it’s so messed up that you can’t even right click on the file? Any suggestions?

  6. Rahim, I’m thinking you are using Avast. If you haven’t updated your Avast then it must of been detected as that way. I too have the same problem as you.

  7. You are the best…

  8. It works….ha ha…thanks buddy.!!

  9. thanks lot bro.you saved my i pod

  10. it did not work ,
    So I went to Right click My Computer –> Manage –> Disk Management
    but there is the drive but there is no amount space…?
    there is no media..
    Disk1 removable then no media
    when i change the drive letter and right click it again the only options are CHANGE DRIVE LETTER , PROPERTIES , AND HELP..
    THAT’S IT I HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME…

    ==============================

    when i try to partition and format it using a bootable winxp it said there is no drive but it detect the usb..

    same in my computer and right click the drive letter of the usb but it prompted: there is no disk on drive

    i really appreciate if you can help me!
    thanks!

  11. thanx dear it solve my problems. i request you to give me tips that helps me in solving the problems of my computer customers.becoz i am a computer hardware engineer frm jetking.

    • I have difficulties in following you step as when i reach the disk management, i saw the drive but without showing any space/no media and after changing the drive letter nothing happens and there’s no partition option at all.

      Can anybody help me.

  12. It worked I got a 16GB Kingston Flash drive working again where local computer shop could not held
    Cape Town

  13. WORKS!! Working Just Fine !!!
    really saved me from too much frustration
    thanks a lot

  14. This worked beautifully! Thanks for the tip!

  15. why i cant press partion……pls. help me

  16. at the computer management my usb letter will not show only C: and the broadband i’ll used

  17. ok so i can’t do that either on my minichub usb drive. and it deleted all the files on it, is there any way we can get those files back, because they are very important, or are they lost forever? and why do you think usb drives corrupt themselves?

  18. i have the same problem as noypi… can i asked what OS did u do this? coz im thinking of different sys. config… mine is windows xp service pack 2… thnx!

  19. no partition the drive
    only mark partition as active
    and i cant… press it

  20. My usb recently stopped working for some strange reason. i try to load it on windows and it does not show anywhere except for the Device manager but it shows it as a “CBM flash disk”. Is there a way i can fix this???

  21. when I was copying data into my 2GB kingston usb flash, suddenly my usb flash corrupted, I formatted it, but now if I want to open it, it says “the disk is not formatted” and when I formatted it again, the message says “windows was unable to complete the format” Please help me!

  22. when I was copying data into my 2GB kingston usb flash, suddenly my usb flash corrupted, I formatted it, but now if I want to open it, it says “the disk is not formatted” and when I formatted it again, the message says “windows was unable to complete the format” Please help me!

  23. Hey, i use 16GB kingston usb flash, it got corrupted.. i can see some random flies name..
    I did the steps above, i right click and changed the letter, but i cant click on mark partition as active..!!

    anyone can help please..

  24. This didn’t work for my kingston 128GB drive

  25. There is Another way of saving your USB by Getting Damage but you will loose you data but you will save your USB..For that..
    You just go to command and from there you open commoand prompt by typing “cmd”.Then from one of the drive leaving your USB drive means if your USB drive is “G:” then dont go into that drive..you just type “CD C:” or “CD D:” and get into either of the drive and from that drive you directly give Format Command to your USB by Typing “Format G:” or Type “format” Space and whatever your USB drive Name. by doing this your data will be loosed but your USB drive will get saved..

  26. Problem at hand is more specificated then that for me, My device shows in my Computer but not in Disk mangement.
    It seems that the device itself has bo pre-installed software as it cant read anything. Usually if the software for the device was perfectly ok it would show the corrupted files. I ran a program that found files on it but I cant get the option of formating it. The properties on my device show that it has no manufactor and model number opions.. I am guessing my device is a complete fake.. If at any help would be appreciated.

  27. If you allow me to post a link. I would like to share, how did I manage to solve my problem. Read it.

    http://yasirimran.blogspot.com/2011/08/repairing-corrupted-usb-pen-drives-with.html

  28. my 8 gb pen drive is currupted how can i solve this and my pen drive will work again please help me .

  29. [...] the mean time I also tested it via Ubuntu linux but it didn’t work for me. A lot of people recommended me right click my computer icon in windows and choose Manage option. Then go to disk management and [...]

  30. I did what u told me to do, but its telling me the following, assigning or removing drive letters on the current boot or pagefile volume is not allowed. So if u can pls help me it will be much appreciated. Thank you

  31. THANKS But I Only followed the change letter thing then what i did was i reformatted it trwice until the name became NEW VOLUME

  32. I have Kingston 2gb pendrive when I connect to my pc it doesn’t get open and show a msg that pls format it but when i trying to format it doesn’t please help me

  33. hi my name is waseem and my problem is usb drive
    my problem is 16gb kingston usb drive windows is showing but properties not showing ……………………………………………….
    plz help me now

  34. My issue :
    Pendrive corrupted

    Sign : When plug it to the computer, I cant open “Corrupted and need to format”… HELL NO…

    So, i google and I found this easy solution…
    No need to download…

    >>> http://laptop-problem.blogspot.com/2012/01/repair-corrupted-hard-drives-pendrives.html

  35. Worked!!! Brilliant… u just saved my 16 GB Kingston USB Drive

  36. Thanks a lot. Your idea worked…

  37. i tried to do it with my 16gb pen drive, when i connected it showed 15.94 gb space now after following this steps its totally corrupted no the system is not detecting my pen drive

  38. Why did i see this now?? I’ve thrown away countless USB’s but when i was now fed up cos this one ws a bit expensiv i start searching and i stumble across a genius.. Thanx, u deserve a drink

  39. hey, can you show me the steps with images…??? thnks…

  40. my computer is suddenly currpted how can got my imp data

  41. Thanx its solved

  42. Id done boot formating

  43. Hi All !!
    I had worked more than 10 hrs a day for my projects to be done .But when I finished my projects i had a problem opening them it said my folder was corrupt i need my projects back. Can you help me!! PLz.

  44. Hi, I followed all your steps, but it says when i try to change ‘drive letters and paths for c:’ that “windows cannot remove the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume”.

  45. I have Kingston 2gb pendrive when I connect to my pc it doesn’t get open and show a msg that pls format it but when i trying to format it doesn’t please help me.

  46. Really thank you brother……….it worked like magic

  47. thanks dear its working ur amazing mmmma

  48. doesn’t work..partition the drive option is not shown

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