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How to repair broken USB sticks

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How to repair broken USB sticks: USB sticks are among the most popular technological objects and unfortunately also the source of numerous and common IT problems. How many times have you ever found an old USB flash drive in the desk drawer that you didn’t even remember existed? Yes, as I understand you, it happened to me too. So far there would be no problem, if it were not that, when you try to insert it into the PC, the USB flash drive shows that it does not want to know it works: every time you try to connect it to the PC  it shows you incomprehensible errors on time . Let’s face it, – because we have to say it – it’s probably your fault; you must have treated her badly.

In this regard, I am often asked how to repair broken USB sticks . The answer is straightforward, although it depends on what kind of damage you want to repair. In fact, it is possible that the USB flash drive will not work due to physical damage suffered over time. When, on the other hand, the damage is not physical, so it does not require an intervention by a technician or the manufacturing company, you can personally intervene through some procedures that I will illustrate in this guide.

Repairing broken USB sticks is not a difficult procedure in and of itself; all you have to do is follow step by step the instructions that I will give you in this tutorial. For the future, however, you should pay more attention to your USB device: in this tutorial I want to suggest how to use the Windows Safe Removal tool that allows you to disconnect the USB stick without damaging it. Having said that, are you ready to find out how to repair broken USB sticks? Yup? All right, let’s get started! As usual, I wish you a good read.

How to repair broken USB sticks – Repair physical damage

You found an old USB stick in the drawer and, curious to discover the contents inside, you inserted it into the USB port of your computer. Unfortunately, however, you have not succeeded in your intent: the key is not recognized by the PC. Looking at it carefully you have noticed that the USB stick is damaged and it is visibly a hardware problem, since the connector is slightly bent.

If this is the case in which you wish to repair a broken USB stickand this is visibly a hardware problem, I advise you to immediately remove the damaged USB stick from your computer and not to insert it again. In case you have a USB stick with a connector that is no longer straight and aligned, it is in fact recommended to keep the stick disconnected from your computer and not insert it anymore: you could risk damaging it further. I make this specific recommendation since, when you insert the USB device into your computer’s USB port, it receives power via electricity from the same USB ports. In the event that there are obvious distortions of the connector, the passage of the electric current could damage the key more, as well as the USB ports of your computer, causing major problems.

In case you have ascertained the physical damage of a USB stick, try to evaluate the importance of the data contained in it. If it is data that can be easily sacrificed, you can decide to throw away the USB stick but, if not, absolutely do not try to repair the non-functioning USB stick through the Do It Yourself. If you do not know exactly how to intervene and you do not have technical skills that allow you to independently repair a hardware, do not try to repair it by forcing the connector: you could damage it further.

To repair broken USB sticks, in case of physical damage, contact a company that deals with data recovery or technical assistance for hardware products. In fact, some companies in the sector have hardware, software and tools available for the repair of peripherals, sometimes even managing to recover data through special advanced procedures. Obviously, this intervention will be paid, especially in case of repair of the non-functioning USB stick and the consequent recovery of data. It is therefore all at your discretion. What I can suggest you is to request a non-binding quote from a specialized company and then go on to independently evaluate, based on the estimated cost of the repair, if it is worth carrying out the assistance,

How to repair broken USB sticks – Repair virtual damage

Your historic USB stick is fed up with you. It shows you this every time you connect it to your PC, showing you a series of incomprehensible errors . Well, let me say, the mere fact that a specific error appears is already something: it is probably not a physical damage but a virtual one. So let’s try to shed some light on the matter and understand together how to solve the most common errors to repair a broken USB stick.

First of all a recommendation: I bet that when you insert a USB stick into your computer you simply remove it by physically removing it from the USB port. I got it, didn’t I? Doing so in the long run will damage the USB stick and this will be the likely cause of errors, as well as loss of any data. Don’t worry, now that you know you can fix it and use the correct procedure, which I am going to explain to you in the following lines, to remove the USB flash drive.

To disconnect a USB stick from the computer, without damaging it, click on the USB stick icon next to the Windows clock under the item  Safely Remove  Hardware and Eject Media and click on the Eject item next to the name of your USB stick. By clicking on the Eject item , the window will appear saying You can remove the hardware – You can now remove the “USB mass storage device” device from your computer without problems. At this point you can physically remove the USB stick from the USB port, without risking damaging it. On Mac, to remove a USB stick safely, right-click on the name of the hardware to be removed, the icon of which is present on the desktop . From the drop-down menu, click on the Eject item .

In the event that, by inserting your USB stick in the USB port, a Windows error appears (for example, the error message that reads the word There is a problem with this unit, analyze and correct it ), you can Easily solve it through the Windows error solving tool called Error Checking .

To repair your USB stick, you can in fact use the Error Checking tool offered by Windows, to analyze and correct any errors of your damaged USB stick and thus repair it. To do this, first click on Start and then click on  File Explorer  (symbol of a folder ). Once the File Explorer window is open , locate and click, using the side drop-down menu, the name of your damaged USB flash drive. At this point, click on the name of the unit with the right mouse button and click on the Properties item  from the drop-down menu that will open.

At this point, move to the Tools tab   and click the Check button  under the Error Checking item . In the window that opens, click on the item Analyze and restore the unit. I remind you that, during the analysis and the recovery, the USB stick will not be usable. This may also take some time and may also require you to restart your computer when finished. If everything goes in the right direction, at the end of the process your USB stick should start working perfectly.

On Mac, you can use the SOS tool to repair your damaged USB flash drive. To do this, launch the Launchpad and locate and click on the Disk Utility tool . In the window that opens, click on the name of your USB drive and then on the SOS button . To run the scan and restore process, click Run.

In the event that your USB flash drive continues to still have problems, even following the recovery of errors using the Windows Error Checking tool , the last attempt is to  format it , that is, to delete all its files. Clearly as you can imagine it is a procedure to be performed as a last resort. Even in the case of “virtual” damage, you can think of contacting an expert company in data recovery. However, keep in mind that, even for data recovery only, you will be asked to pay a sum of money: consequently, you evaluate which procedure seems appropriate to perform, based on the content of your USB stick and your needs.

In case you want to format a broken USB stick, I can explain how to do it. Follow in detail the procedures indicated below.

On Windows, first click on Start and then click on  File Explorer  (symbol of a folder). Once the File Explorer window opens , locate and click, through the side drop-down menu, the name of your damaged USB flash drive. At this point, click on the name of the unit with the right mouse button and click on the Format item  from the drop-down menu that will open. Finally, to start the process, click  Start . Goodbye, mistakes!

On Mac, you can use the Initialize tool to format your damaged and non-repairable USB flash drive. To do this, first launch the Launchpad and locate and click on the Disk Utility tool . In the window that opens, first click on the name of your USB stick and then on the Initialize button . To perform the scan and restore procedure, click Initialize . I remind you that to have a USB stick that can be read on both Windows and Mac, before formatting, using the Initialize button , you must select MS-DOS (FAT) , from the drop-down menu corresponding to the Format item .