Fix File or Directory Is Corrupted and Unreadable for USB Drive/Pen Stick

Flash drive is inaccessible file or directory is corrupted and unreadable, how do you fix the corrupted/ damaged USB drive?

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It has two situations to fix this problem, namely:

Part 1. With important data inside (please go Step1 first to recover data from damaged usb)
Part 2. With no data inside (please go Step2 to fix usb file directory unreadable error)

Step1: How to Recover Data from Corrupted USB Drive

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Step2: How to Resolve File or Directory Corrupted and Unreadable Flash Drive

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The File or Directory Is Corrupted Unreadable Please Run CHKDSK Utility

1. Why

If PC asks you to run CHKDSK tool to fix corrupted/unreadable USB drive, probably system has checked errors or bad sectors in the USB.

2. How

Just click "Start" menu > "Run" > type "cmd" > type "chkdsk h: /f" (h: is the drive letter of corrupted USB)

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If you just want to fix the damaged pen drive to make it usable again without caring for any data inside, you can fix the problem trying following methods:

1. Check and repair bad sectors in the corrupted flash drive
2. Change drive letter for the unreadable thumb drive
3. Change system permission
4. Format the damaged USB pen stick

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Last updated on Nov 28, 2023

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