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Today in this computer world everything is based on data transfer that is possible through portable memory storage devices that are the memory card, pen drives, and Hard drives. However, sometimes due to viruses and improper ejection of these drive leads to the corruption. And in that case, Windows can’t format your portable memory drive properly. So to resolve this issue, we are here with a trick to Repair Corrupted Memory Card or USB Hard Drive. By this method, you can easily repair your drive and can use it.

How To Repair Your Corrupted Memory Card/USB Hard Drive

The method is based on an uncomplicated command prompt trick that will force format your external drive, and then you can use it smoothly and error-free. However, note that this will delete all your files from USB pen drive and if you have any important data, then use the recovery tool to restore these data before implementing this method. So just follow the simple steps that I have discussed below.

#1 Using Troubleshooter

Using Troubleshooter
Using Troubleshooter

Well, troubleshooter is the best way to short out any kind of Hardware problem. You just need to ‘TroubleShooting’ in the start menu and then under ‘Hardware and sound’ select the option ‘Configure a device’ and follow on screen instruction to sort out any problem regarding USB device or other hardware.

#2 Updating USB Driver

If Windows failed to read your USB drive then outdated drivers might be another reason. Well, sometimes updating the device driver could fix any existing problem. Here’s how you can update the device drivers

Step 1. First of all, you need to open the RUN box and then type in devmgmt.msc. It will open up the Device Manager.

Updating USB Driver
Updating USB Driver

Step 2. Now you need to expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers. Here you will see the corrupted or unrecognized USB devices as ‘Unknown Devices’

Updating USB Driver
Updating USB Driver

Step 3. Right click on the ‘Unknown Devices’ and then you will see the option of Update Driver, click on that.

Updating USB Driver
Updating USB Driver

Now if you needed an necessary update it will let you know. Simply update it and it will fix any existing problem.

#3 Changing the Drive Letter

Sometimes your computer is unable to assign the drive letter to your storage media this might be the reason the files on it can’t be accessed. Therefore, make sure your drive has a letter, or you need to assign the drive letter to your device. Here’s how you can fix your pen drive or memory card by assigning a correct drive letter.

Step 1. You need to connect your storage media to your PC. Now you need to right click on My computer and then click on “Manage.”

Changing the Drive Letter
Changing the Drive Letter

Step 2. Now you need to click on “Disk Management”

Changing the Drive Letter
Changing the Drive Letter

Step 3. Now you need to right click on your storage media and then select the option “Change Drive Letters and Paths.”

Changing the Drive Letter
Changing the Drive Letter

Step 4. Now you need to choose a drive letter from the drop-down menu and then click Ok.

Changing the Drive Letter
Changing the Drive Letter

#4 Reinstalling the Drivers

Sometimes, the reason behind corrupted USB is because your computer is not able to detect your storage media drivers. Therefore, you need to reinstall it. Simply follow these steps.

Step 1. You need to right-click on “My Computer” and then click on “Manage”

Reinstalling the Drivers
Reinstalling the Drivers

Step 2. Now you need to click on “Device Manager” on the left side.

Reinstalling the Drivers
Reinstalling the Drivers

Step 3. Now you need to select “Disk Drives” in the list and select your pen drive.

Reinstalling the Drivers
Reinstalling the Drivers

Step 4. Now you need to click on “Uninstall” and click on OK.

Reinstalling the Drivers
Reinstalling the Drivers

Step 5. Now simply remove your Pendrive and restart your PC. Now connect your Pendrive again. Your PC will detect it.

#5 Using CMD

Step 1. First, connect your Memory Card/USB Hard Drive to your computer and remove all other drives if you have connected.

Step 2. Now click on start and then type cmd and then press enter. Now type DISKPART in command prompt and pop up might appears asking for permission, click on ok.

How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB
How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB

Step 3. Now type list disk there, and you will see all the disk will get listed there.  Now there you will see your external drive, note down its disk number.

How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB
How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB

Step 4. Now type select disk disk_number (for ex-select disk 1) and press enter.

How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive
How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive

Step 5. Now type clean and press enter.

How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive
How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive

Step 6. Now type create partition primary and then press enter.

How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive
How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive

Step 7. Now type active and press enter.

How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive
How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive

Step 8. Now enter the command select partition 1.

How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive
How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive

Step 9. Now type  format fs=fat32 and press enter.

How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive
How To Repair Corrupted Memory CardUSB Hard Drive

That’s it will take some time, and after that, your drive will get format successfully and become ready to use.

So above is all about Repair Corrupted Memory Card/USB Hard Drive. By this straightforward method, you can repair any external hard drive.

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