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How to recover deleted files from usb drive


Lost files from a USB drive. How to recover files from a usb drive.


Lost files can occur because of any of the below possibilities.
1. File was mistakenly deleted from the usb drive.
2. File was deleted due to an unexpected format.
3. File deleted due to improper operation like pulling it out incorrectly.
4. The partition structure on a usb drive was fragmented or partition table is invalid.
5. Another program deleted the file, and more.


Method 1 recover usb files from a backup

When losing files, the first thing you need to check is whether you have a backup on your computer or other storage media. If the answer is yes, it doesn't bother you any more. Just go to the backup and get it on your usb drive again.

So, making a backup regularly is very important and useful.

Method 2 Restore deleted files on a usb drive from Recycle Bin/Trash

As we know, there is no Recycle Bin or Trash on a usb drive. Hence, when you deleted a file directly from the usb drive, it's just gone. However, if you didn't directly delete the file from your usb drive, but dragged it to the Recycle Bin or Trash on your computer. Then you can directly restore it there.

If you happened to get the Recycle Bin to Trash emptied, you still have a chance to recover the files from Recycle Bin/Trash, but you need to use a third-party tool. Just read on. It's the method 3 below.

Method 3 Recover file on a usb drive (free)

1. Recuva (a Windows version)

Pros: Free, easy-to-use undeleting; includes secure-delete feature. Portable version runs from USB stick.
Cons: Not as powerful as for-purchase alternatives; reports files as "unrecoverable" that are still on the hard disk in the same location.

Recuva is a free-for-the-download utility that recovers deleted files from virtually any disk that Windows can read. That means it lets you recover deleted files from your usb drive, as long as it can be read by your computer. Recuva is effortless to use, with an attractive interface that you can navigate easily.

Download it here: http://download.piriform.com/rcsetup149.exe

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2. PhotoRec (Windows and Mac versions)

Pros: Free software. Clear instruction. It does really work.
Cons: No preview. Working in Terminal may scare some people.

PhotoRec is safe to use, it will never attempt to write to the drive or memory support you are about to recover from. Recovered files are instead written in the directory from where you are running the PhotoRec program. To recover files from hard disk, usb key, Smart Card, CD-ROM, DVD, etc., you need enough rights to access the physical device.

Download it here: http://download.piriform.com/rcsetup149.exe

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3. Restore (Windows)

Pros: Not only restores. Also wipes. Wipes everything on a certain drive in 1 sigh. Works on FAT as well as on NTFS.
Cons: Little bit of strange interface (with the 'Others'-button for 'Delete Completely' and the completely different button for 'Restore by Copying'). As if deletion/wiping was not wished for. No HELP at all.

Restoration is a tiny yet simple portable utility that allows it's user to restore or recover files that have been removed from Windows or deleted from the recycle bin. Restoration can also be used to recover lost pictures and other misc files from portable media such as usb flash drives, hard drives and compact flash cards typically used by most digital camera's.

Download it here: http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/Restoration.zip

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4. Wondershare Data Recovery (Windows and Mac versions)

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the best usb flash drive recovery software

  • Recover files in 550+ formats from any storage device quickly, safely and completely.
  • 3 Recovery Modes to help you recover lost files under different situations
  • Supports data recovery from recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera and camcoders
  • Preview before recovery allows you to do a selective recovery
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 Yosemite) on iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro etc.

Pros: Easy to use with friendly interfaces. Safe to use, read-only. Preview before recovery. Offering a trial version for scanning and data checking.
Cons: You need to pay for it when recovering files.

Wondershare Data Recovery has both Windows and Mac versions, which allows you to recover files up to 550+ formats. It works for lots of devices, like computers, laptops, external hard drives, usb drives, cameras, MP3/MP4 players, and so forth. Two recovery modes is considerable for computer beginners and veterans.

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You can watch the video tutorial of recovering USB files by using Wondershare Data Recovery below.


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Yes, it's free to download and scan your USB.
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This works beautifully and only took about 5 seconds to find the file, then another 5 to save and open it. Try the free trial if you're skeptical. That is what I did and I found the file I accidentally deleted from my flash drive. Awesome :)
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