Why are files on my pen drive being corrupted?

julin greypg604 February 14, 2013

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?

  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

    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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