Your flash drive is the go-to device when you need optimum back up of your confidential digital data. It’s like the second home for your documents that you can always resort to if your computer becomes inaccessible. But then, the drive is a device end of the day and any device can malfunction at times. The post below shares an expert guide on fixing a malfunctioning flash drive.

Tip for damaged drive connector

Are you down with a physically damaged connector on your drive? Well, if the connector is damaged in your infinity kloud drive or any other drive for that matter- soldering is the option. But for that, you will need professional help. Before you contact a professional, follow these steps below-

  • Do not touch a single exposed part of your drive
  • If the print circuit board is damaged, don’t touch any part of it
  • Store the drive in anti-static bag
  • Do not launch any kind of recovery software program on your drive

Fix logical errors in Windows

Windows users are in for luck when it comes to repairing malfunctioning drives. The iconic OS carries a feature that can scan as well as fix logical errors in flash drive. Here are the steps to follow-

  • First, connect the drive to PC
  • Go to disk list
  • Click (right) on your drive and select “Properties” from context menu
  • A dialog box will pop up. Look for “Tools” tab and click on it
  • Next, click on “Check Now” tab
  • A dialog box will pop up. You will find two options- “Scan for & try recovery of the bad sectors” and “Automatically fix the errors in system file”. Enable both the options.
  • Next, click on “Start”
  • Wait and let the tool complete scanning as well as fixing

There is another simpler way to access disk feature-

  • Insert the drive into PC
  • Go to “Start menu” and look for “cmd”
  • Press “Enter” to access Command Prompt
  • A new window will pop up. Go to the window and write “chkdsk flash drive letter: /f”
  • Press “Enter”
  • Now, Windows will begin to scan as well as fix logical errors in your drive
  • Once it is done, it will send a message saying Windows has done the corrections to file system. 

Format your drive

If you are mourning over a corrupted drive, a viable solution is to format it to its old factory settings. Here are the steps to follow-

  • Connect the drive to PC. Close pop-up window
  • Go to “Start” menu. Choose “My Computer”. Select the drive which corresponds to flash drive
  • Click (right) on selected drive letter. Choose the “Format” tab. Is your PC running on Windows Vista? In that case, click on “Continue” tab as well
  • Click on “File System” and choose “NTFS”. You will see a box named “Quick Format”. In case it carries a check mark, remove the mark
  • Click on “Start” tab and wait till the whole process is completed

Formatting would wipe out internal data but you can use recovery tool to the lost details.