Why are files on my pen drive being corrupted?

julin greypg604 February 14, 2013
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When I plug my pen drive into a Windows PC it is detected okay, and I can save data, but some time after if I re-insert the drive to copy data, a message shows the files are corrupted.

I checked the behavior on my friend’s PC, too, and it still gets corrupted. Is there any way to fix my drive using Windows or Linux?

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  1. Chinmay Sarupria
    March 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I think your pendrive has a virus. Do a quick format.

  2. Qin Tang
    February 18, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Maybe your pen drive got virus. You may try to scan your pen drive, and then use a third party data recovery software like Recuva, Power Data Recovery to recover your data, or your will lost them.

  3. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    February 17, 2013 at 10:15 am

    There might be a bad sector in the drive. Format it and if it's still corrupting your data then it's highly possible your pendrive is damaged.

  4. maria
    February 17, 2013 at 3:10 am

    easily,. you can recover corrupted file with minitool data recovery, easily, i used it before, powerful.

  5. Alan Wade
    February 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Back up what files that are OK, format the drive - FULL format! then try with an uninportant file. If the file corrupts after that replace the drive.

  6. Alex Schnapps
    February 15, 2013 at 10:54 am
  7. ha14
    February 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

    on command prompt tray with administartive rights
    chkdsk drive letter: /p /r
    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsc/p/chkdsk.htm

    perhaps you want to format the key if files are not important for you then perform the above process.

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  8. Junil Maharjan
    February 15, 2013 at 6:24 am

    scan you pen drive for malware or viruses. if nothing conclusive comes then your pen drive must be broken.

  9. Jim Chambers
    February 15, 2013 at 2:36 am

    After backing up pen drive, format it with quick format in format options unchecked. If it still corrupts file you should replace it.

    • Dave
      July 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Format to NTFS is the best way but if it will be used on non-windows systems use exFat32. Also, check your USB port settings of the operating system. Some ports don't have enough bandwidth, especially if they have a shared IRQ.

  10. Bruce Epper
    February 15, 2013 at 1:13 am

    In what way are they being corrupted? Is the drive being unmounted/ejected before removal? Have you scanned for viruses/malware on the pen drive? Is something autorunning upon insertion of the drive that is causing the corruption?

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