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How to Recover Data after USB Format Error

Please Help Me Recover Data after USB Format Error!

Recently when I plugged my usb flash drive into my USB port my computer told me I need to format it. When I wanted to format it, it said I couldn’t format it. I have tried it on 3 different computers but I still can't access it. This flash drive has all my coursework for Monday. Please help me! I need to get my work back.

Take it easy. It seems your flash drive is corrupted. If your flash drive doesn’t even display in disk management, I’m afraid the drive is broken and you can no longer retrieve data on it. But if your flash drive is shown in the window and you just can’t open it, you will be lucky enough to reclaim your data. Because all files are still on your flash drive and they will always be there as long as no new data on your usb drive overwrites them.

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There are many recovery programs in the Internet for you to recover data after USB format error. Wondershare Data Recovery, or Wondershare data recovery for mac is the most powerful one that you can get to fix USB format error. It helps you to recover all formats of files from usb flash drive with format error in 3 simple steps, including photos, videos, music files, documents, etc. It’s fully compatible with usb flash drive, USB stick, memory card, etc.

You can get a trial version to fix USB format error now.

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Recover Data after USB Format Error in 3 Steps

Note: Please do not try to format the usb drive when this error happens, because the action might totally corrupt your drive and your data can no longer be restored.

I’ll show you how to perform USB format error data recovery with Wondershare Data Recovery for Windows. It has similar operation with Mac version.

Step 1 Select recovery mode to fix USB format error

At the beginning, when you install and launch the program on your computer, you’ll be provided with 3 recovery modes: “Lost File Recovery”, “ partition recovery” and “Raw File Recovery”.

To recover data after USB format error, let’s choose “Lost File Recovery” mode first.

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Step 2 Scan your usb flash drive

In this step, your usb flash drive will be shown as a drive in the window. You can select it and click “Start” to let the program scan files on it.

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Step 3 Recover data after USB format error

After scanning, files on your format error usb drive will be displayed in “Path” and “File Type” categories.

You can view original file names or preview images to check how many files can be recovered from your format error usb drive.

Then you only need to mark files you want and click “Recover” button to save them to your computer.

Note: Please do not keep the data back to your format error usb drive to avoid data overwritten.

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