How to repair a USB drive in Windows 10.

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Hi! USB sticks are undoubtedly very functional elements for working in Windows 10. Indeed, their use ranges from file management to creating boot media. However, at some point, it is likely that the USB media will have errors. Most likely the damage is at the hardware level or at a logical level. In the first case, you will most likely have to discard it. However, errors on a logical level imply damage to the sectors of the USB stick. In this case, Windows has the option to try to recover the correct functioning of the USB. In this way, we can recover the hosted information. Well, come along to see how to repair a USB drive in Windows 10.

How to fix a USB drive using the graphical method

For this method, we will use the context menu of the USB drive. The first thing you have to do is open the file browser by pressing the Win+E combination. Then right-click on the USB drive and select Properties.

Enter the properties of the USB drive
Enter the properties of the USB drive

A window will immediately pop up. Once there, please select the Tools tab. Then click on Check.

Please click on Check.
Please click on Check.

In the next window, just click on Scan and repair drive.

Start scanning the USB drive
Start scanning the USB drive

This will begin to scan the unit and repair any errors it may contain. After a few moments, the process will have been successfully completed.

How to rfix a USB drive using the CMD in Windows 10

We’ve talked about Command Prompt before. In effect, this console allows you to manage various administrative tasks. In addition, it also performs support tasks at the application and hardware level. For this particular case, we will use the chkdsk tool. Through it, Check Disk is invoked which checks the file system and the metadata of a volume. Consequently, it looks for logical and physical errors in the drive. This time we will use the tool together with the /f /r parameters. This way it is possible to detect the damage and try to repair it. The syntax is as follows:

chkdsk /f /R Unit:

Please remember to write the letter assigned to the unit. It then opens a CMD with administrative privileges. With this intention, please type CMD in the search bar.

Runs a CMD with administrative privileges
Runs a CMD with administrative privileges

After entering the command, the examination of the unit will begin. The duration of the scan will depend on your system and the size of the USB drive.

CHKDSK running the analysis of the USB drive.
CHKDSK running the analysis of the USB drive.

At the end of the day, we have seen how to repair a USB drive in Windows 10. Please note that these tools will work if there is logical damage to the drive. But, most likely they will work and you will be able to retrieve information from the drive. All right, that’s it for today. Before I say goodbye I invite you to see our post about the Mobility Center on Windows 10. So long!

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