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How to Recover a USB Flash Disk

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

USB flash disks or flash drives

USB flash disk drives can store data in a compact and condensed way as a removable media. It is tiny, very light to carry any where you go and consumes less power. USB flash disk drives will sometimes refrain you from storing new data. It can also deny you of accessing your previous stored data in it.

When this happens, your USB flash disk drive needs to be restored and recovered before it can fully function once more. You can do this by formatting the drive in order to erase whatever is left in it.


Things You Will Need

USB flash disks or flash drives, computer with built-in USB hub, Disk Repair Program

Step 1


Plug your USB flash disk drive into a USB port on your computer. You will see the little light flash on your USB flash disk if it has one once you plug it in. This gives signal that it's connected to the computer. You may see a box at the bottom left of your computer that you had successfully inserted the USB device into your computer.

Step 2


Press "Start then look for "My Computer". Browse and look for the right list of files for your USB flash disk drive then right-click on it. Browse for the word "Format" and also click on it. By clicking the "Format" and not the "Quick Format" option, you are able to carry out or accomplish a full format, restore and recover your whole USB flash disk drive.

Step 3


Click "Start" once again. This time, the USB flash disk drive is thoroughly and fully formatted and recovered.
Once the process is completely done, you'll be able to save new data to your USB flash disk drive.

Step 4

Downloading a Disk Repair Program to your Computer's Desktop

Recover the contents of the USB flash disk by using a disk repair program. Some disk repair programs will reformat your USB flash disk for free. Double-click on the program that you have completely downloaded to fill it unto your desktop.

Insert the USB flash disk in the USB slot of your PC then pause for awhile until the icon of the USB flash disk will emerge on your computer's desktop. You can now double-click on the image of the disk repair program in order to begin working on it.

Step 5


Click the "Down arrow" symbol on the disk repair that you can see on the program's main menu or screen. Choose the USB flash disk from the listing provided in the drop-down menu.

Choose
"Intel" below the "Partition Table Type" representation. Click "Enter" when a new screen emerges then choose "Other" below the "File System" symbol on the new screen that comes out.

Step 6


Press the "Browse" button then look through the window that emerges on the desktop. Once you can see the "OK" button, click it to close the window. T

he disk repair program is starting to look for the contents of your USB flash disk.

At the same time, it is also saving the data to your desktop. End the disk repair program once you'll receive a notice that it's done.


Step 7


Right-click on the image of the USB flash disk that you can view on your desktop. Choose "Format" from the pop-up menu that comes out then click "OK".

Your computer will start formatting the USB flash disk. Once the formatting is done, d

rag the contents of the USB flash disk found on your desktop to the image of the USB flash disk so that you can transfer them.

Step 8


Right-click on the image of the USB flash disk after everything's completely copied and transferred. You can now press the "Eject" option that comes out from the pop-up menu then remove the USB flash disk from the USB slot on your computer.

Many of the operating equipment could read as well as write USB flash drive devices without installing tool drivers. Some laptops or desktop computers can program, load or run these USB flash drives while others may not.

If your USB flash disk contains personal data then you need to be careful if it gets lost. Most of them are very small and some users may easily misplace them.

It's advisable that you only buy those USB flash disks that can easily be attached to your other gears or to key chains. There are new models that have unique features and are becoming more applicable to active users.


Tips & Warnings

Important data stored on flash drives are well protected because they are impenetrable to dust. The data is also impassable to scratches that is why many people like to buy them.

Travelers enjoy having these USB flash flash disks since they are portable for transporting data from one place to another.

Avoid pulling your USB flash disk out of the USB slot from your laptop or computer before it has been fully ejected in order to avoid disk problems.

You also need to consider that USB flash disks may only keep up and maintain a limited number of write and erase alternation before it finally fails just like some flash memory devices.

Avoid attaching your USB flash disk to a USB hub only while the repair program is running. The USB slot from your computer can provide a sturdy connection.


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Comments

Apr 23, 2010 5:37pm
visitmaniac
Awesome advice and tips. I pretty much store all of my information on flash drives anymore. My hard drive be becoming obsolete. I enjoy the flexibility of flash drives to much.
May 24, 2010 11:29am
katylied
man, I should've come across your article months ago :( i think my flash drive is totally dead! now, i have your article to fall back on and read thru with my new USB flash disk! props...props!!!
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