Samuel had a good habit
to keep backup of his DSLR photos in a USB drive. But, he overlooked the fact that
USB flash drives too can get corrupt.
One day when he
connected his USB flash drive to PC to view old family pictures, it asked to
format it to access the drive!
He was shell-shocked.
His flash drive was corrupted and he had no other drive where the photos were
story is not new. Many of us use pen drive to store or transfer photos.
However, like any other storage media, flash drives too have a definite read/write
cycle and lifespan and thus, can get corrupt.
A corrupt USB flash drive may ask you to
format as soon as you plug it in, throw error messages, turn unreadable, or remain
undetected by the computer, thus hampering access to the photos. The case may
also be that you had deleted some photos from it, which you now want to
recover. But, the USB drive has turned corrupt and inaccessible.
So how can Samuel retrieve the lost photos from a corrupt flash drive?
This post holds the solutions to the likes of Samuel’s problem – what all you can do to fix a corrupt flash drive issue and recover deleted photos from it.
How to recover lost photos from corrupt flash drive
drives also called pen drives, thumb drives, or jump drives, can get corrupt
and become inaccessible. Corruption can be due to either logical or physical
damage to the media.
your flash drive gets corrupt
outage while the drive is in use
or abrupt removal of flash drive during file transfer
Physical damage and others
Whatsoever the reason, the utmost concern is how to successfully recovery the stored photos on it. If it’s due to a faulty USB cable or port, you can try to connect your media using a different cable, port, or another computer.
For logical errors, either use Windows
features to troubleshoot the inaccessible USB flash drive or directly recover
the lost photos with the help of a photo recovery software.
A specialized photo recovery software can maximize
your chances of recovering image files of any format from corrupt USB flash
from corrupt flash drive with software
Photo recovery software’s advanced
algorithms ensure recovery of lost photos from any kind of corrupt flash drive.
the below steps to recover the lost photos from a corrupt USB flash drive:
Select the checkbox for photos in the What to Recover window (you can recover videos and audio files too)
Select your flash drive from the location window. Click Scan
Once the scan is completed, Preview all your recoverable photos
Activate the software and Save the photos at your desired location
*The trial software scans the media and shows preview of all the recoverable files. Once you are able to ascertain the effectiveness, you can save the recoverable files by activating the software.
from corrupt flash drive without software
Sometimes fixing a corrupt drive can also
resolve the problem. You can access your photos after the drive is repaired.
However, if you are unable to access or restore the photos after fixing the USB
corruption, a photo recovery software is the only solution to restore pictures.
Here’s how you can repair or fix any
corrupt USB flash drive on Windows PC:
corrupt flash drive by using error checking tool
a drive letter (corrupt flash drive is not visible in the drivers list)
corrupt flash drive by using error checking tool
Windows has an
option to fix file system errors or bad sectors on any drive connected to the
PC. You can fix the corrupt flash drive with this method and then access your photos
on it, as follows:
to recover photos from USB flash drive in Windows
flash drive to a computer
click on flash drive. Click Properties
Select Tools tab. Click Check
check box of – ‘Automatically fix
file system errors’ and ‘Scan
for and attempt recovery of bad sectors’
the scanning process ends, open your flash drive.
If your USB flash drive doesn’t open after error check, a photo recovery software is the way to go. Read here how to recover USB drive multimedia files after error.
Sometimes USB flash drive may be
inaccessible due to driver problem on your computer rather than USB corruption.
Reinstalling the latest driver may resolve the problem.
to reinstall the driver are:
Connect the flash drive to PC
Right click on My
Computer/ This PC
Right click on you flash drive
Uninstall. Click OK
Now disconnect the flash drive. Again
connect and access the image files on it. The problem should’ve been solved.
a drive letter
Use this method when your flash drive is not visible in the windows drivers list but can be seen in the Disk management on your computer.
To check your flash drive in Disk
management, use Windows+R to
open Run. Type diskmgmt.msc in the empty box. Click OK. If
you see the flash drive in the list, close the window and assign a new drive
letter to it.
Steps to assign drive letter:
the flash drive to your PC
Use Windows+R key
to open the Run dialogue box
Type compmgmt.msc and hit Enter
Under Storage select Disk Management
Right-click on the flash
driver and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths
box appears, click Change
Check inAssign following drive letter
the letter to assign from the drop box. Click OK
the Computer Management window
Your USB flash drive will now be visible
in the drives list. Open and recover the photos.
Irrespective of the cause of your USB
flash drive corruption, Stellar Photo Recovery ensures that it retrieves the
lost photos from the corrupt USB flash drive. Even when you are not able to fix
corruption in the flash drive, at least the software saves you from the photo
Sumona is a technical blogger with experience in writing data recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 7-year experience in data recovery/repair technology. She is passionate about Photography and Exploring lesser-known destinations.