Flashdisk is one of the devices of choice for many people to move data from one computer to another. Its compact size makes the flash drive the main choice because it is easy to carry anywhere. However, because of its small size, it makes the flash drive problems.
One of them is suddenly unreadable when connected to a computer. Before you think the flash drive has been damaged, we suggest you try the method below. Here’s how to deal with an unreadable flash and tips on caring for it, see to the end.
Overcoming Unreadable Flash
1. First, check the condition of the flash drive
If it is read in Disk Management but not in File Explorer, then the steps you can take are to perform the format process by right-clicking and then “Format.” This method is usually effective, but the risk is that all the files on the flash will be lost.
2. Make sure there is no dust on the head of the flash
In addition to software problems, one of the most common problems experienced by flash drives so that they cannot be read as a hardware problem. The port or head of the flash drive is generally open and therefore easy for dust or dirt to enter.
Before trying the previous method, Check first on the flash port. You can use a small brush to clean the dirt that sticks. In addition, you can use an eraser to clean the yellow part of the flash port.
3. Update the driver in the Device Manager
There is a big possibility that the unreadable flash drive is caused by the driver of the flash itself that has expired. To fix this, you can go directly to the Device Manager via the Quick Access menu, which can be accessed by right-clicking on Start.
If the Device Manager window is already open, look for USB Root Hub, right-click, and select “Update driver.” Then select “Search automatically for updated driver software,” but make sure your PC is connected to the internet. Wait a moment, and the flash drive will be automatically updated.
Tips for caring for the flash properly.
- Generally, flash drives come with a port cover to protect dust or dirt from entering the inside of the port. Make sure the cover is not lost.
- Avoid putting the flash in any place, especially a narrow one that has the potential to contain a lot of small dirt, such as a trouser pocket or shirt.
- Always do “eject” when the flash is about to be removed from the PC and when not in use, immediately remove the flash from the PC.
- Avoid defragmenting the flash and stay away from the habit of running or editing files directly from the flash.
- Back up important files on the flash as a precaution.
- Perform regular virus and malware scans.
That was the review on dealing with an unreadable flash and some tips for taking care of it properly. If you have other methods or tips to share just write them in the comments column below. It may be useful!