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Nowadays, most of the people are heavily dependent on a number of portable storage devices such as external hard drive, pen drive which helps us to transfer data easily between computers. However, there are numerous occasions when your USB flash drive gets corrupt or get damaged. Also, you might have often got to see “USB Device Not Recognized” or “You need to format the disk before using it” flashing on your screen as soon as you have inserted your USB flash drive. By this time, you think that you are on the verge of losing your important files like documents, multimedia, etc. Well, this won’t be the case anymore as we have come up with a way to get this issue solved. If you still worry, then we will guide you how to recover corrupted files from Pendrive-

Recover Damaged Files From Pendrive Using CMD

Many of you face the problem of getting your Pendrive damaged or infected by some virus attacks. So, to recover your damaged files from the pen drive, you can try CMD(Command Prompt)  first to recover virus infected files. It is free, easy to use and most importantly you don’t have to install as it comes pre-downloaded in your Windows. Now, following are the steps to recover files from virus infected pen drive-

For demonstration purpose, I am using Windows 10 here. Rest assured, steps remains the same for other Windows version.

Step 1: Foremost step is to connect any pen drive or hard disk to your PC.How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

Step 2: Head over to the Start menu and type CMD in the search box. Wait for a while and then, click on the Command Prompt.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

Step 3: Now, type this command chkdsk E: /r and then press the Enter key.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

[Note: If your memory disk is not using the E:\ drive, replace e: with the appropriate drive letter].

Step 4: You will see that Windows will provide you the basic information about the drive and it will start to scan immediately.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

Step 5: Once the Windows is done with the scan of your hard disk, it will prompt you to repair those damaged files. As you can see from the screenshot below, in my case, the drive was error-free. Hence, no actions have to be taken further.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

[Note: However, if in your hard disk error occurs, then simply type the following command attrib -h -r -s /s /d e:\*.* (any one of the following) and press Enter key. The hard disk will begin to repair the damaged files].

Here, the alphabet with the following command means-

  • –r : These are readable files, but cannot be changed
  • –s : Files for use by the operating system
  • –h : Files are hidden & not displayed in a directory listing
  • /s : Processes matching files
  • /d : Processes folders as well

After the repairing process gets finished, you can simply go back to your drive to check if you can successfully recover your data from USB or hard drive which was infected with the virus. By this times, your files must have been repaired but if it doesn’t,  then you can go for a third-party data recovery software.

 Recover Corrupted files from Pendrive Using Third Party App

To repair infected or damaged files from your USB drive or hard-disk, there are many data recovery software that can help you to recover data from infected pen drive.


Recuva is a data recovery program for Windows, developed by Piriform. It helps you to recover all the virus infected and damaged files to recover and gets the file repaired for you. It is a free as well as a paid software (free version would suffice your needs), which is easy to use and very simple to understand its process. Its main feature is it performs dual scans- regular recovery process and deep scan process. Following is the guide to recover damaged files from pen drive-

Step 1: Foremost step is you have to download the software from here.

Step 2: Once you are done with downloading the software, install and run it on your PC.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

Step 3: A window appears. Now, click on Next option and wait for a while.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

Step 4: A new window appears with a list of options. Now, click on All Files option and again click on Next option.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

Step 5: Next step is, click on the Start option to start scanning the drive.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

[Note: You can also select deep scan, but it might take a lot of time. So, for demonstration purpose, we have simply use scan process].

Step 6: Once the scanning is complete, a list of files appears. Now, tick the files to be repaired and then, click on Repair option.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

Step 7: A pop-up menu appears. Choose the path of the file where you want it to be repaired and then, click OK.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

Step 8: Wait for a while and you will see that all your files are repaired and get saved to the selected path.

How To Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrive

Though using CMD seems to be the most convenient way of recovering corrupted files from Pendrive, it’s still not the best way as sometimes it does not work properly and also, it may not scan the infected files deeply. Also, if the drive size is bigger, it takes a lot of time to scan the files. However, using third party apps, you can easily deep scan the files and get your files repaired no matter what the size of the hard drive is. So, as per my best knowledge, Recuva is a better way to recover corrupted files from Pendrive.

That’s it! This is how you are going to Recover Corrupted Files From Pendrives. In case of any queries or doubts, don’t forget to comment down below.

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