How to Recover Corrupted Excel Files from USB (4 Quick Methods)

Due to either physical or logical corruption, an Excel file may be corrupted. In this article, you will learn 4 quick methods to recover corrupted Excel files from USB with ease.


4 Methods to Recover Corrupted Excel Files from USB

1. Using Windows Backup to Recover Corrupted Excel Files from USB

If the windows backup system is turned on on your computer, you can use this method.

When your system’s windows backup option is enabled, it automatically stores different versions of your Excel file. Thus you can easily recover your corrupted Excel files.

To do that,

❶ Plug in your USB storage device.

❷ Then, go to This PC.

❸ After that, enter it into your USB storage device.

❹ Right-click on your corrupted Excel files.

❺ From the context menu, select Restore previous versions.

Using Windows Backup to Recover Corrupted Excel Files from USB

After that, windows will show you different older versions of your Excel file.

You can then choose an Excel file and restore it.

Read More: How to Backup Excel Files to a Flash Drive (4 Useful Methods)


2. Using Command Prompt

If the previous method doesn’t work for you, then it’s recommended to use the Command Prompt. You can use the Command Prompt to repair your USB storage device.

For that,

❶ Type “Command Prompt” in your windows search box.

❷ After that, click Open to open the Command Prompt.

Recover Corrupted Excel Files from USB Using Command Prompt

❸ Now insert the following command line in your command prompt.

attrib -h -r -s /s /d H:\*.*

Where H is the drive sequence letter.

Here, my USB storage device’s sequence letter is H. So, I’ve used H. You need to replace this letter according to your USB drive’s sequence number.

❹ After inserting the command line in the Command Prompt, just hit ENTER.

This command line will try to repair your USB storage device. When the repairing process is over, you can access your USB storage device and restore your corrupted Excel files.


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3. Running “Check Disk” to Recover Corrupted Excel Files from USB

You can run a “Check Disk” command in your command prompt to correct your corrupted Excel files.

To do that,

❶ Type “Command Prompt” in your windows search box.

❷ After that, click Open to open the Command Prompt.

❸ Now insert the following command line in your command prompt.

chkdsk /X /f H:

Where H is the drive sequence letter.

Running “Check Disk” to Recover Corrupted Excel Files from USB

Here, my USB storage device’s sequence letter is H. So, I’ve used H. You need to replace this letter according to your USB drive’s sequence number.

❹ After inserting the command line in the Command Prompt, just hit ENTER.

This command line will try to repair your corrupted Excel files. When the repairing process is over, you can access your USB storage device and restore your corrupted Excel files.

Read More: How to Recover Corrupted Excel File (8 Possible Ways)


4. Fixing File System Errors to Recover Corrupted Excel Files

You can use this method to fix your USB storage device’s file system errors.

To do that,

❶ Insert your USB storage device into your computer’s USB port.

❷ Then, go to This PC.

❸ After that, right-click on your USB storage device name.

❹ From the context menu, select Properties.

❺ Now, go to the Tools tab from the pop-up dialog box.

❻ Click on Check in the Error checking section.

Fixing File System Errors to Recover Corrupted Excel Files

❼ When the checking is finished, click OK.

When you click on the Check command, it checks your USB storage device’s file system errors. If it finds any error, then it will try to resolve it automatically.

Thus, when the checking is done, you can access your USB storage device and recover your corrupted Excel files from the USB.

Read More: How to Recover File after Crash in Excel (4 Methods)


Conclusion

To sum up, we have discussed 4 ways to recover corrupted Excel files from USB. You are recommended to download the practice workbook attached with this article and practice all the methods. And don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comment section below. We will try to respond to all the relevant queries asap. And please visit our website Exceldemy to explore more.


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Mrinmoy

Hi! I'm Mrinmoy Roy. I'm an Excel and VBA content developer. I write blogs relating to Microsoft Excel on Exceldemy.com. I've completed my graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology. I've expertise in Excel functions, formulas, Pivot Table, Power Query, Visual Basic, etc. I write blogs to lessen people's hassles while working on Microsoft Excel.

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