The Secret of Getting your Data Back from USB Flash Disk

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite)

What are USB flash drives?

USB (Universal Serial Bus) flash drives are nothing but portable storage devices that are used for storing and transferring data from one saved location to another. Most amazing thing about USB disk drives is that they are small in size and yet they can store lot of data in them. Storage capacities of USB drive may vary from few MB's to many GB's. USB disks use flash memory technology to store various kind of files without any complexity. Chances of USB flash drive getting damaged is very less in respect to system hard drives because they do not have any moving parts in them. Although Universal Serial Bus flash drives are less prone to physical damage, there is a high possibility that you may lose some of the files in number of ways. Data loss from USB flash drive is a common scenario which can happen with any of us while making use of USB disk drive.

What is the Secret of Getting your Data Back from USB Flash Disk?

Many people come across different data loss scenarios (such as data in flash drives becoming invisible / inaccessible, USB flash drive not recognized, etc.) every day. Once you face data loss on USB drive, many questions pop up in your mind like is it possible to get back all the lost files? Is there any software for recovering lost / deleted data from your USB flash drive? When data is deleted / lost from a USB disk drive, it is not completely wiped from stored location. So, what exactly happens to the missing or inaccessible files? When any file is deleted from USB drive, only file pointer is cleared from file system and the preoccupied memory space is marked as free for saving any new file or folder. All the deleted or lost files keep sustaining at the allocated memory space area as long as they aren't overwritten by any of the new files.

Few USB flash drive data loss scenarios are detailed as follows:

  • Accidental Deletion: Sometimes you may end up accidentally deleting files on flash drive by using Delete option. As file deletion happens on USB flash drive no manual method can be used to get them back.

  • Abrupt Removal of USB Flash Drive: Most of you tend to remove your USB flash drive without using “Eject” or “Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media” option. Unplugging flash drive abruptly from the USB port while using it can cause corruption of file system, which ultimately causes inaccessibility of files from flash drive.

  • Accidental Format: Sometimes you may accidentally click on Format option while trying to perform some other task on USB drive. This unintended action results in erasing all data from USB flash drive in a matter of seconds.

  • Data Loss Due to Interruption While File Transfer: Many of you use CUT Paste combination key to move files from USB flash drive to any other storage device. If while transferring file using this CUT Paste combination key any kind of interruption happen then it may result in file loss from USB drive. Interruption while file transfer can happen due to various reasons such as clicking close button on file transfer window, improper ejection, USB driver issues, USB port issue, etc.

  • Virus Attack: USB flash drives are generally used over different PC’s or laptops for various reasons. If USB flash drive is connected to system which isn’t having updated antivirus then it may cause intrusion of viruses on flash drive. In such situation, if viruses that has encroached within USB flash drive is of high intensity then it may cause file system corruption, henceforth causing inaccessibility of files from USB flash drive.

  • Deletion by Antivirus: When you scan a USB drive that is infected by virus, it displays the list of files that are affected. In case, if we don’t cross verify files before applying delete option on antivirus then you may end up erasing a few of the crucial files from USB drive.

  • Bad Sectors: Frequently formatting/reformatting drive or ejecting USB drive abruptly can cause creation of bad sectors. As size (memory space area) of bad sector increases on USB flash drive then chances of drive corruption are high.

There are number of recovery applications available on internet to undelete USB drive data under any of the above detailed scenarios. But you should choose software that is capable of restoring any kind of data from Universal Serial Bus disk in a risk free manner. This USB flash drive data recovery tool is one of the best software for recovering data from any USB drive related problems.

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite)

Features of this USB flash drive recovery software:

This software uses highly advanced and powerful algorithm to perform data recovery from USB flash drive. Installation of USB flash drive recovery software is simple and it provides detailed pictorial description at every step to perform recovery of files in flawless way. This utility performs scanning of USB flash drive for lost or deleted data in a robust way and lists files in File Type View and Data View. One of the other benefits of using this utility is that it can identify and restore missing files on the basis of their signature.

Apart from helping you in recovering files from USB flash drives, it can also be implemented to recover data from external hard drives, SSD drives, FireWire drives and any other removable storage devices. You can also use this software to undelete your data from USB flash card like SD, XD, memory stick and MMC cards. It recovers USB drive data from various brands of USB flash drives like Transcend, Kingston, SanDisk, PNY, Toshiba, Lexar, HP, Sony etc. With the help of this recovery software one can recover data from USB drive no matter how data is lost. It can recover files like images (.jpg, .jpeg, gif, tif), videos (.avi,.mp3,.mp4 etc), movies, audio files(.wav, .wma etc) documents(.doc, .docx etc) and many others. In addition, you can implement this application for recovering RAW images such as DNG, NEF, CR2, RAF, RAW, PEF, SR2 from flash memory cards that are used in DSLR/SLR digital cameras.

USB flash drive recovery software works brilliantly on different Windows OS computer/laptop, running on various versions of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008. A separate Mac edition of this software is available to retrieve data from USB drives on Mac systems that are running on different Mac OS versions like Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Maverick, Mountain Lion, and Yosemite.

Few unique features of this application:

  • This software allows you to save recovery session file which can later be used (by using “Open Recovery Session” option) to continue your recovery process from the point you left. This option helps you to minimize time spent on rescanning of selected storage device.
  • This flash drive recovery tool gives you a Preview option to view files that are listed after scanning procedure is completed.
  • You can use this application to compress files and folder before saving them at any intended storage device.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do not format/reformat USB drive after data is lost from it
  • Make use of updated anti-virus software to ensure that there are no virus attack on USB flash drive
  • Do not write(Save) anything on your USB disk drive after data loss

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite)

Full Guide to Perform USB Flash Drive Recovery using this Best Recovery Tool

Step 1: First download and install demo version of this USB flash drive recovery software on your laptop or computer. Next you need to connect USB disk drive to your system.

Step 2: Run the software by double clicking the shortcut icon of this software. On the Home Screen of this software you will get three option i.e. "Recover Files", "Recover Photos" and "Recover Drives".

Step 3: Select "Recover Photos" option as you are performing data recovery from USB flash drive.



Figure 1: Select Recover Photos


Step 4: On next window you get two more options namely, Recover Deleted Photos and Recover Lost Photos. Choose the appropriate option based on your requirement.



Figure 2: Select Appropriate Option


Step 5: Now software displays list of available drives. Here you need to select USB flash drive from which you need to recover data and click on Next.



Figure 3: Select USB Drive


Step 6: As soon as you click on next button, scanning process begins. Once it is completed, it displays a list of recovered data from USB drive. It allows users to view files in two different ways i.e. Data View (gives hierarchical view of files) and File Type View (displays files based on their type)



Figure 4: List of Recovered Files

Step 7: If you are satisfied with trial version of this software, you can go ahead and purchase full version of this application to restore data from USB flash drive.

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite)

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