I’ve recently had a call from a friend of mine which had a very important copy of a document on a flash drive that was corrupted. Basically, when the flash drive was plugged into any USB drive it was saying that it needs to be formatted before using. I knew that the file there was a very important one, so decided not to “kill” it immediately, but first read some user feedback on that problem.
This usually happens when you unplug your flash drive incorrectly. I’m always unplugging my flash drives the stupid way, but I don’t keep something very important on them. I use cloud storage for important files
After an hour of reading and trying different stuff I decided to format it - THIS IS THE ONLY WAY OF SAVING SOMETHING FROM THE FLASH DRIVE.
Right click on it and select Format… You should see the following menu
It’s essential to select the quick format option, as it won’t erase the data completely. Also, it’s good to format the flash drive with the same file system as it was before. Usually those flash drives are formatted with FAT32 file system.
Go ahead and click Start. After the format download Recuva - it’s a piece of software that its recovering files.
Start it. On the first screen select Next. You will see a screen like this
Select Other (show all files) and click Next.
Select your flash drive’s letter. In my case this is H:. Click Next.
Make sure you’ve selected Enable deep scan on the last screen. Click start. Wait for the scan to finish.
Here are your results (it’s possible that you see nothing here. You are screwed in such case )
After you’ve selected the files you want to restore, click on the Recover button and select location where you want them restored.
Of course you can chose another software for restoring files. I’ve chosen Recuva, because its effective and free.