How to recover files from broken flash drive on Mac?

Posted by Katrina to Mac Data Recovery on February 18th, 2018

Summary: Have you attached a USB flash drive to your Mac but the drive can't be recognized/detected? Haven't make any backup? Just download this free USB flash data recovery software to recover data from broken, damaged, corrupted, unrecognized flash drives on macOS 10.14/10.13/10.12. Then follow these steps below to fix a broken USB flash drive.

USB flash drives are excellent data storage tools used by numerous people, especially by computer users who regularly use two or more machines and need to transfer files from one location to another without using network connections. But sometimes accidents happen to a flash drive, and it get broken. What should you do if your only copy of an important document is on there? Is it possible to recover files from broken flash drive on Mac?

This article will guide you how to recover files from broken flash drives and fix a broken USB flash drive in different cases:
Part I: Question
Part II: Which categories of failure you are facing?
Part III: How to recover files from broken flash drives on Mac with software?
Part IV: How to fix a USB flash drive that's broken, not recognized/detected

Problem: Flash drives broken, not recognized/detected on Mac

Please help! My SanDisk USB flash drive attached to this computer was bent in the port, the light comes on when inserted but the computer cannot recognize it... I have my homework for tomorrow on it. And yes, no other backups. Is there any way to recover files from broken flash drive on Mac?

According to the scenario described above, the flash drive may be broken due to physical damages or file corruptions. If you have the similar problem, then you can't miss the following content. This article will guide you how to recover files from broken flash drives and fix a broken USB flash drive in different cases.

Before data recovery: please make sure which categories of failure you are facing

There are two categories of failure that you could be facing, physical or logical. To make sure, you can go to Disk Utility and check whether the flash drive is showing up in the list. If it can be found in Disk Utility, fortunately, the drive doesn't have any physical damage, a professional data recovery software is enough to get the lost data back.

If the flash drive is not showing up in Disk Utility, the drive is physical damaged, that means no software can help to solve this issue, the only solution is to ask for help from local data recovery center.

How to recover files from broken flash drives on Mac with software?

No matter what kind of failure you are facing, iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery can offer you effective solutions. It is a free data recovery tool that can recover files from broken flash drives, recover data from broken external hard drives, USB drives, memory cards, SD cards, CF cards, hard disks, etc. Even when the flash drive is not recognized/detected on Mac, you still have chances to get lost data with this powerful program.

Besides broken flash drive data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery also recover data from dead/crashed Mac computers, recover data from formatted, unmountable, unreadable, corrupted, inaccessible drives on macOS Mojave 10.14/High Sierra 10.13/10.12/10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7. It supports various file formats including documents, photos, videos, musical fails, emails, etc.

Tutorial to recover data from a broken flash drive with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery:

Step 1: Free download, install and launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Recover data from broken flash drives with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery

Step 2: Select the broken flash drive and click "Next" to scan lost files on the drive.

Tips: If you don't get the needed files, please click Deep scan to run a through search on the flash drive.

Step 3: Preview the searching results, choose files we need, and click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 4: Have a check to ensure we have got all lost files back.

How to fix a USB flash drive that's broken, not recognized/detected?

After data recovery from broken flash drive on Mac, the next step is to fix the broken USB flash drive. The following content could be of great help:

Solution 1: Repair the broken flash drive with First Aid

If you are an advanced computer user, you must be very familiar with macOS built-in Disk Utility. You use it to repair the broken flash drive.

Step 1: Launch Disk Utility.

Step 2: Choose the broken flash drive.

Step 3: Select First Aid in the top center and click Run.

Solution 2: Fix the broken flash drive by reformatting

Disk Utility fails to repair the broken flash drive? The next step is to reformatting the broken flash drive. But these steps will erase all data on the drive, please make sure you have backed up critical data.

Step 1: Launch Disk Utility.

Step 2: Click the icon of the corrupted USB flash drive on the left part of the window.

Step 3: Click the Erase on the top of the Disk Utility window.

Step 4: Complete related information (name, format, scheme, etc.), and then click Erase button.

Solution 3: send the broken flash drive to local disk repair center

If the flash drive is not showing up in Disk Utility, you can't repair it without the help of experts. So send the drive to repair center or replace the drive with a new one directly.

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