How to Overcome Unreadable Flashdisk Without Format (Fix)
As for tackling unreadable flash drives on other devices such as laptops, cellphones, car audio tapes, TVs, DVD players, and so on. You can reformat the flash with a note that there are no important files in it.
So is there no other alternative to fix the unreadable flash?
Of course it's not impossible that we are able to handle the unreadable flash with a few tricks below.
However, before that we must know what causes the flash to be unreadable on other devices.
Causes of Unreadable Flashdisk
Exposed to Virus (Malware)
Why does the flash drive suddenly not read when it is inserted into the USB port of another device? Maybe this is the reason.
Flash drives that have been infected with viruses or malware often have errors which cause other system devices to be unable to detect the flash.
This virus usually arises because of an error in using the flash, for example, when the flash is still working, suddenly you pull out the flash.
As a result, the flash is corrupt which causes the flash to not be read at all.
Well, the problem of viruses from other devices seems to still be rare. As for when this happens, it is likely because computers or PCs are used interchangeably, such as internet cafes or school computers.
Dusty USB PortAnother thing that can make the flash drive unable to be read right on a laptop or other device is because of a dirty hole or USB port.
A dirty USB port can make reading a device to a flash disturbed, generally because the USB port is rarely used which makes the hole dusty.
In addition, flash storage that is not in place can also cause dirty flash drives, especially at the end of the flash connector.
USB Driver Not WorkingAlthough this problem is rare, it does not rule out the possibility that you can experience it.
Usually a notification or error notification will appear on our computer system. You can check it in the Device Manager menu via Universal Serial Bus Controllers.
Broken FlashdiskDamaged flash drives are usually the result of misuse such as plugging and unplugging, for example, when you copy a file from a flash drive to a laptop where the process is still going on suddenly you immediately unplug it.
This can endanger the flash because it is prone to damage, besides that because other aspects such as the flash drive have fallen or something has been hit by something until it has been submerged in water.
Now that you know why the flash is difficult to read on a laptop or other device, then we will try to fix the unreadable flash.
How to Overcome anUnreadable Flashdisk on
Scan and Repair Drive
One of the enchanting features of Windows 7/8/10 is the Scan and Repair Drive where we can scan the flash drive for repair.
This feature usually comes out automatically when we insert the flash into the USB port, usually a notification will appear that requires us to scan the flash.
However, if you want to do it manually you can follow the steps below.
1. Insert the flash drive into the laptop's USB port.
2. Open Windows Explorer by pressing the key Windows + E on the keyboard.
Uninstall and Install USB Driver
Another alternative is to repair an unreadable flash drive without formatting or eliminating all existing data, you can try this system with a note that the damage only occurs in computer operating procedures.
Usually to open the unreadable flash drive, we simply re-install the USB driver with the latest one.
The stages are as follows
1. Press the button Windows on a laptop or PC keyboard.
2. Enter keywords Device Manager then press Enter on the keyboard.
3. In your Device Manager menu, open Universal Serial Bus Controllers then select option USB Mass Storage Device .
4. Well, if you connect more than one flash it will appear like the picture (Here I put 3 flash drives).
5. But don't worry, you just have to choose one of them, if you have Right click on USB Mass Storage Device choose Uninstall .
6. Usually a warning will appear regarding these steps, you confirm by specifying Uninstall .
7. Done uninstalling the USB driver you can restart the laptop or PC.
Later the driver will automatically be installed by itself, so you don't have to worry. You can also update the PC USB driver so that the device is more optimal in reading flash data that cannot be read before.
Via Command Prompt
We are also able to overcome the unreadable flash with CMD or Command Prompt, simply by entering a few command lines to run it.
This method is quite safe for those of you who want to retain important files contained on the flash, so you don't have to worry about flash data just disappearing.
Immediately, here are tips to fix a flash that can't be opened with CMD
1. Press the button Windows + R to open the Run menu.
2. Enter the command CMD then click OK .
3. After the Command Prompt window opens, type the command chkdsk G: then press button Enter on the keyboard.
Just a note for character G Finally adapted to the flash label on your computer.
Well, to see it you can check it in Windows Explorer like the picture.
4. Usually there will be some kind of issue related to the flash whether it is still normal or has been damaged.
The error message on the flash that cannot be detected on the laptop is usually like this.
Error message: Windows found errors on the disk, but will not fix them because disk checking was run without the /F (Fix) parameter .
If it's like this you can press the button Y then Enter .
But if there is important data, you can back up the flash file first, to avoid losing data during the flash repair process.
Well, on the contrary if the flash is in normal condition and can be read on a laptop as shown below.
From the picture, all flash data starting from Volumes, Files, Folders, and others are read as a whole, marked by the presence of the message Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
Via Computer Management
One of the flash damage that can be easily repaired is the damage to the storage system.
We simply carry out a scan and repair through the operating system on our computer to overcome the flash that is not read at all.
The Computer Management menu is one of the Windows 7, 8, and 10 features that you can use to repair the damaged flash drive.
As for dealing with unreadable flash drives with Disk Management on a computer or PC, the following is an explanation.
1. Insert the flash drive into your laptop or PC.
2. Press the button Windows then enter the keyword Computer Management in the search field then Enter .
3. On the Computer Management menu, select Storage then click Disk Management .
4. Select the flash that you use usually labeled :G.
5. Right click flash drive then select Change Drive Letter and Paths .
6. On the pop-up menu Change Drive Letter and Paths for G: You select button Change .
7. In the Change Drive Letter or Path section you activate the option Assign the following drive letter .
8. After that you can change flash label by selecting the available letters starting from the letters A, B, C, to Z.
9. The last time you press the button OK to apply it.
Mostly after we change the label on our flash, the flash can automatically be detected again on the laptop.
If at this stage you have not been able to restore the unreadable flash, you can follow the system below.
If the alternative above can't be done because the flash is not readable in Disk Management, don't worry, you can still use this last solution.
You can overcome unreadable flash by formatting the flash drive, so far this system is the most powerful to implement.
As for overcoming the problematic flash, here are the guidelines.
1. Open Windows Explorer (Windows + E) .
2. Right click on the flash then select Format .
3. On the dish Disc Format , please you choose Restore device defaults .
4. Well, to change the name of the flash you can do it in the column Volume labels .
5. In the Format options you select Quick Format (To make the process faster).
6. Finally, don't forget to press the button Start to start with.
The flash format process is usually fast, only a few minutes.
It is worth noting that during the flash formatting process, you should wait until the end, don't force it, because it will have an effect on the damage to the flash.
Usually the flash error that makes the flash can't be formatted anymore, the impression is that the flash is damaged, unreadable or even the flash is read but empty until the worst thing is that the flash is read but doesn't appear in Windows Explorer.
Apart from that, it is also possible for the flash drive to be infected with a virus, which can cause flash data to not be able to be deleted.
This is the last solution if you have tried all the systems above, you can replace the damaged flash drive with a new one.
In some places selling cellphone and computer accessories, flash is sold at affordable prices ranging from flash drives for 50 thousand to flash drives for 800 thousand.
This means that the price of a flash is now really close or cheap compared to last year, where the price of a flash is expensive with a modest storage capacity.
As for the technology used, the majority of flash drives already support USB 3.0 technology, which transfers data faster than the previous version of USB 2.0.
Well, for flash capacities on the market, there are 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB flash drives. The greater the capacity, the higher the price.
There are some elegant flash brands that we often encounter in the homeland electronics market such as Flashdisks V-Gen, Kingston, Toshiba, SanDisk, Samsung, Transcend, Hp, Strontium, Sony, PNY, Adata, Corsair, Patriot and other best flash brands.
You can choose and buy one of these flash brands.
If we review back from this post, starting from the cause of the unreadable flash in Windows or others, there are indeed various which are interconnected.
Tutorial on how to solve an unreadable flash on a Windows 10/8/7 laptop and other devices such as cellphones, car audio, TV, and others, hopefully it can help you repair a damaged flash drive that can't be read on other devices.