Sometimes, you must have realized that, when you connect USB drive to the system, a popup message appears to the systems screen, asking to format flash drive or USB drive, since it is not recognized. If you format the drive all the data stored on it will be erased. Such type of formatting messages is generally shown due to corruption of USB drive. If you have lost your important in this way then need not to worry about it. You can get back your data using USB recovery tool which is capable to retrieve data from corrupted USB drive.

There may be many reason of USB drive corruption like improper handling, and virus and malware attack, power surge, file system error, etc. USB drives or pen drives earned popularity due to their portable plug-n-play nature & compatibility with different type of devices. Data can be easily delivered & transferred to any system having a USB port. Because of the frequent use of USB drives on different systems & repeatedly, saving & deleting files, it might get corrupted.

Virus and malware attack to the thumb drive is another reason of corruption of drive which consequently results in data loss. USB drive is small in size and due to its small size user generally prefers to use it for data transfer from one computer to another. While using it on various systems there is very high risk of virus to enter into pen drive and make corrupt it. Once the flash drive is corrupted, formatting is required to get rid of the problem created by malicious software. In such dubious situation formatting will result in data loss from drive. The only solution to such questioning state of affair, without having any data loss is making use of the recovery software before performing formatting operation.

Improper handling of pen drive is another reason where, USB drive gets corrupted. Let’s take a real time scenario which demonstrates this. Suppose user wants to copy data to and from system and for this he/she connects pen drive to the system and after copying data they injects USB skipping the safe ejection steps. This could severely damage flash drive and thus, data stored on it is lost. Apart from this power off, during transferring the data could also lead in corruption of drive. When user try to access this then message stating that some error has occurred is shown “The file/directory is corrupted and not readable”. This message may be a very big headache and heart rendering for user who have stored valuable data on this. But

best thing is that data from corrupted USB can be recovered using recovery software.

Tool to Retrieve Data from Corrupted USB Drive That Says It Need to Be Formatted Before Use

Irrespective of reason which causes message such as “USB drive needs to be formatted” on computer screen, it can be recovered using USB Recovery Tool which is specially designed with this motive. It is capable to recover files from Kingston USB drive as well as various other brands of pen drives like HP, SanDisk, Transcend and Samsung very easily. By making use of “Save Recovery Session” option rescanning procedure can be minimized, for the next time when revival of data is required over respective storage device. For your satisfaction this software allows you to preview files in File Type View and Data Type View. As this software helps to recover files from drive that requires formatting, it can also be used to restore files from unrecognized USB drive on any of the latest version of Windows & Mac operating systems. 

Steps to Recover Data from USB Drive that Says It Needs to Be Formatted

Step 1: Download, and install the free version of USB Recovery Tool on your system, plug USB drive to the computer, and launch the software. Then, from the Home Screen, choose Recover Partitions option, and then choose the drive representing the USB drive that needs to be formatted, from the list of available drives, and hit Scan button to initiate scanning process, as shown the figure 1.

USB Recovery Tool - Home Wizard

Figure 1: Home Wizard

Step 2: Now the tool starts scanning the USB drive to find its lost, and deleted data, as shown below in figure 2.

USB Recovery Tool - Select USB Drive

Figure 2: Select USB Drive

Step 3: Upon the completion of the scanning and recovery process, it displays the list of recovered files. You can view the recovered data in two views- Data View and File Type View as shown in figure 3.

USB Recovery Tool - List of Recovered Files

Figure 3: List of Recovered Files

Step 4: Before saving the recovered files, you can preview each of the files by right-clicking on the respective file and choosing Preview option to ensure safe recovery of the files as shown in figure 4.

USB Recovery Tool - List of Recovered Files

Figure 4: Preview Recovered Files

Step 5: If you are satisfied with the recovery results of the software then activate the license key and save the recovered files at the location of your choice as shown in figure 5.

USB Recovery Tool - List of Recovered Files

Figure 5: Save Recovered Files

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