There you are, at your friend’s house. All we are gathered around the computer to watch a funny video. But then something happens. A virus appears and gives the digital bird. “No problem,” you say, “Since I’m a geek, I have antivirus software on my USB stick.” Now you are the hero. Now you and your teammates can see that the guy get football in the groin … again. You pop the USB memory into the USB port and – nothing. Back to zero, hero!
Unless, of course, you know how to fix that too.
There are some causes for this sort of thing to happen. So I take you the most likely and easiest method to make corrupted USB jumping drives work, in the least likely way and still quite easy.
Two units with the same drive letter
Usually, a computer will assign either the E, F, G or drive letter to the jump unit when it is plugged in. Typically, if one of those drive letters is already in use, it is assigned a different one. Let’s say you have a backup drive set to drive letter E:. Then the jump unit should get assigned F: or G:. But sometimes, it just does not happen and it can cause jump USB drives to not work.
Here’s how to fix that. My instructions are for Windows XP, since I like to boot like it was 2003. Click on the start menu, then right click on my PC. From there, click on Manage , because we will manage.
Now Computer Management The window opens. Click the Disk Management option. On the right; Window, you will see all connected units listed. The U3 drive is the USB key. Currently, it does not conflict with anything, but will do so for this demonstration.
law; Click the drive you want to change the drive letter to. Then click Change the letter and routes.
Now you can click the Change button.
Then select a new drive letter. I chose GRAMO for Guy. Its not cute?
Windows will ask you to confirm that this is what you want to do. I clicked Yes , but that’s just me.
As you will see in the window that shows all drives, the drive letter is, in fact, changed to G:. Whut up G?! Now the USB drive should not conflict with any other drive.
Does not that solve the problem? Hmm … well, maybe your USB drive is actually damaged in some way. Let’s take a look at fixing that – there are still some ways to make corrupt USB jump drives work.
Error checking utility window can be used on USB drives. To access it, open Windows Explorer. (Here’s a shortcut tip – hold down the Windows Key and press the My Key Explorer to quickly open it from Window).
Once you are in Windows Explorer, right; Click on the USB disk that is having problems. Then scroll down and click Properties.
Once the Window Properties opens, click the Tab Tools . This is where the Software Error Checking can be accessed from. Click on the Review it now … button.
I suggest checking the box to Automatically correct file system errors. What we are going to do is, thus, correct the file system errors automatically. Yes, it was a brilliant explanation. Just click on start .
Look! If scaaaaaaaaaaning!
Exploration does not take much time at all. You guessed it, click on the AGREEMENT button.
My USB flash drive is 8GB capacity and was made in seconds. If it takes more than that, maybe the problem of unity is something more serious.
You can also do a similar test and repair with the third-party disk repair tools out there.
Format the USB drive
Well, this step does not help that we can find in the files you want, but will restore the file structure so that it does not happen next time.
Warning: Format the USB drive CLEAR all files on your hard drive.
Enter the Windows Explorer again. law; click the USB drive you want to format, and then click Format … .
Once you open the format window, you have a couple of options to do. First, choose what kind of file system you want. This is a matter of personal choice. You can choose FAT or FAT32, and with a little fiddling around elsewhere on your computer, you can choose NTFS. That may be an article for another day.
You can also set the volume label. Maybe you want to customize it and call it `My Toolbox ‘or something like that.
You can then choose to do a Quick Format or not. With something like this, I do not think it matters whether it’s done with a quick format or not. Meh … click the start button.
Now, jump out of your chair, point at the monitor and shout, “Ha formaaaaaaaaaaaating!!!!!!” As if you were Robert Thorn in Soylent Green when he discovered what fate really brings us. You do not have to do that part, but if you do, let me know how fast your Sys. Manager loses your mind thinking you formatted something important.
Well, that makes the next part a bit disappointing. Just click AGREEMENT , and put the files you want on the USB drive.
There are a few more things that could be done, which are a bit more complex and beyond the scope of this article. However, it is about playing around with the drivers or data recovery software. If there is enough interest, maybe we can keep track of this article. Any one?