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How to Fix/Repair Your USB Flash Drive from A to Z

Published by Soufiane Sabiri | Categories : Computers - Hardware - Computers - Tips & Tricks

Your USB Flash Drive is corrupt and can’t be read when you plug it in your PC?

Have you tried everything you know to try to fix your USB Drive but it doesn’t want to?

In this article you will discover how to repair and fix any USB Flash Drive or Flash Memory Card using easy to follow steps.

Follow the steps as numbered from start to finish and don’t skip any one of them until you find the one that fixes your USB Drive.

Let’s go!

How to Fix Your USB Flash Drive Like a Boss

1. Your USB Flash Drive is Undetectable?

First, make sure your USB port is working or at least the one you are using to plug your USB Drive is working… You can do so by using another USB Drive that is working on it, if the USB port was the problem then please ask a technician to change the port or make sure you are using the right drivers, this is a different topic and we will discuss it later in another tutorial.

If the port is not broken and your USB Flash Drive is not showing on your computer then open Run (using Win+R) then type in diskmgmt.msc.

diskmgmt msc

Right-click on your USB Drive and choose “Format” .

disk management format disk device flash usb drive

If it doesn’t want to continue reading…

2. Let Windows Fix your USB Flash Drive for You Without Formatting!

Let’s first try to fix it without formatting it, don’t worry if you have to format it because we can recover the lost files later… Just follow the next steps.

Open Run (using Win+R) then type in CMD and press Enter.

run cmd

Keep note of the letter of your USB Drive if it’s showing, if it’s not showing skip this step. Then type in the command prompt (black window) the following (Change F: with the letter of your Drive):


Press Y on your keyboard if a message asks your confirmation.

chkdsk f cmd command prompt

F: is the letter next to your USB Flash Drive.

usb flash drive

After the scan is finished remove your USB Drive and replug it in your PC, if it works congratulations, if it doesn’t keep reading.

Right-click on your USB Key in Computer and go to “Properties” then on the tab “Tools” choose “Check“.

properties error checking

Click on “Scan and repair drive” and wait for a couple minutes.

scan and repair drive

After this re-plug your USB Drive and check if it works, if it doesn’t keep reading…

your drive was successfully scanned

3. Format Your USB Drive Using Command Prompt!

If you are reading this there is a big probability that you haven’t fixed your USB Drive yet, keep going, you are on the right track!

Open the command prompt by typing CMD under Run (Win+R).

Then type the following command (don’t forget to change F: to the letter of your Drive):

format f fs fat32 cmd command prompt windows

If this method didn’t format your USB Drive then try using Diskpart in the following part.

4. Use Diskpart to Force Windows to Format Your USB Drive!

In your Command Prompt again type in diskpart and press Enter.

Enter the command list disk.

Supposing your USB Drive is Disk 1 (you can check the size), type in select disk 1.

cmd diskpart list disk select disk 2

Then type the following commands one after the other:


After this remove your USB Drive and re-plug it, if it works then it’s party time, go in the comments’ section and let us know!

If the problem is still persisting please keep reading.

5. Use HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool!

Download HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool from filehippo then run it as administrator.

hp usb disk format run as administrator

Select your Device (USB Drive) from the menu, put a Volume label then remove Quick Format. Click on “Start” and confirm by clicking “Yes” , wait for it to finish.

hp usb disk storage format tool fat32 kingston datatraveler

6. Flash Your USB Flash Drive with a new Firmware

In case all theses methods didn’t work there is still hope!

We will discover how to flash your USB Flash Drive in the next tutorial!

There you have it!

You just learned the easy way to fix and repair your USB Flash Drive!

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment down below, I will be more than happy to guide you until you find a solution for your USB problem.

Thanks for your reading and don’t forget to share this USB tutorial with your friends and family.

Soufiane –

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Author: Soufiane Sabiri

Soufiane is a young computer scientist and specialist in web design, knows a lot of things in the computer world. This enthusiast enjoys helping people innovate and learn more about the IT world...

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  • Envoyer says:

    i’m on Linux Ubuntu, Linux deleted my Windows partition (it dissapeared from the boot, although it was clearly still in the hdd), so i took my data through the Ubuntu, formated the partition where Windows was about to reinstall it via Ventoy, but then Ubuntu ruined my-usb drive as well.

    so… the tutorial is Windows-only. if a pathetic neck-beard virgin loser ever recommend you using Linux, do a favor for this world and punch his teeth or nose!

  • MULUGETA says:

    Hello, Thanks a lot

  • Elizabeth says:

    This morning I knocked my usb stick whilst plugged into my laptop. Now it not recognising it at all. It is not detected on the control panel either. I have tried several things with no luck. It doesnt look obviously bent. I am a teacher so any advice to save my sacred files would be amazing.
    Thank you

    • Soufiane Sabiri says:

      Hello Elizabeth,

      Thanks for commenting on this tutorial and welcome in =)

      Have you tried flashing your USB Flash Drive? If not then head to this tutorial and follow through. Also please give me the brand and model of your USB Flash Drive and I will try to find a solution for you!

      See you soon!

      • Elizabeth Moore says:

        Thank you for your reply. It is a sandisk Cruzer switch 32gb

        • Soufiane Sabiri says:

          Please try to open your Sandisk Cruzer like this video and check if the connections are alright, if yes then use a knife to connect all the little wires connected to the chip. This way you will reset it. Try and tell me.
          Best of luck.

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