USB drives are convenient and highly useful. Not only do they allow us to transfer data from one device to another but also they can be used as backups. Users can store vital data and information such as logins, passwords, crypto currency digital wallets and confidential information. Problem is different issues which compromise the safety of the data plague thumb drivers. If such an issue was to affect your USB drive, your data may be unrecoverable.
The following are 5 common flash drive issues and how to recover from them:
Corrupt file system
As you transfer data from the USB drive to another device or vice versa, the thumb drive file system may become corrupt. This can be attributed to the following issues. The first one is where the user removes the thumb driver as data transfer is still in progress and the second issue is as a result of a virus attack.
The first solution is to avoid removing the thumb drive as data transfer is in progress. Wait until the data transfer is complete and then remove the USB drive via “Safe to Remove Hardware” option. In regards to viruses, it is important to invest in a reputable antivirus solution. To rebuild the data, use a command line tool.
Loose NAND chips
Every USB drive is fitted with NAND chips using surface mount technology. The NAND chips are designed to store your data. When the thumb drive overheats, the NAND chip may become loose and fall off the printed circuit board. If this happens, your data will be corrupted.
Remove the thumb drive from your PC when not in use. Store the USB drive away in a safe place. To recover data from the NAND chips, seek the help of an expert who is well versed with data recovery.
Damaged USB connectors
To ensure data transfer between the USB drive and your PC, the thumb drive is fitted with a USB “male” port which is soldered to the printed circuit. It is common for the USB connector to break as a result of carelessness. For instance, the user may accidentally bump or knock the thumb drive.
If the USB connectors are damaged, remove the device from your PC safely and place it away. Doing this will prevent any short circuit. If it happens, the thumb drive will be rendered irrecoverable.Then either try to solder the connector or send it to a data recovery company.
USB drives are manmade like any other electronic device which means they are susceptible to damage. As a result, it is common for components in the flash drive to burn out as a result of a short circuit. If this happens, it would be difficult to recover the data.
To recover data from a corrupt USB drive, seek the help of a professional data recovery service. There is no need to replace the failed parts.
USB Drive Incorrect capacity
Have you tried to insert a 64 GB or 32GB USB drive only for your PC to recognize that the USB drive has 4GB or 2GB space? This problem is as a result of an incorrect partition.
To fix the problem, use the DISKPART tool. Open the command prompt window; insert the USB drive, type ‘Diskpart” followed by “LIST Disk.” Select the USB drive letter, type “Detail Disk” then “Clean” followed by “Create Partition Extended” and “Create Partition Logical.” Type “Quit” and format your USB drive.