How to recover USB files that have been accidentally deleted or lost?
USB flash drive is a portable storage device commonly used to transfer data from one computer to other. In older versions of Windows Operating System like Windows 9x or Windows Me, a driver was needed to connect USB flash drive. But, there is no need of separate driver to connect and access data from USB drives in latest versions of Windows Operating Systems like Windows XP, Vista and 7. USB drives can be directly plugged into USB port of your computer. There are different types of USB drives available in different storage capacities ranging from 8MB to 256GB.
USB flash drives are not only used to transfer data, it can also be used to install Operating System on Netbooks and other MIDs. USB 3.0 flash drives are much faster compared to Hi-Speed USB 2.0. Data transfer rate provided by USB 3.0 flash drives is 3.2.Gbits/sec. Some USB flash drives have a mechanical write-protect switch and some have biometric security feature in order to provide additional protection to your data. You can also protect USB files using passwords. Even though, it cannot protect data against logical failures. SanDisk Cruzer photo recovery tool helps you to retrieve accidentally deleted photos from SanDisk Cruzer drives.
Most common data loss scenarios in which you might lose files from USB flash drives are:
Abrupt removal of USB drive causes data loss: When you connect USB flash drive to computer, Operating System access the file system of USB drives in the background. If you wish to stop this process then you should use Safely Remove Hardware icon. Accidentally or abruptly removing USB drive i.e. removing USB drive without using Safely Remove Hardware icon may results in loss of files
Accidental deletion of files: When you delete files from USB drives, they bypass the Recycle Bin. Generally, the files that are deleted from any removable storage devices will not move to Recycle Bin. Hence, accidentally deleting files from USB drives may result in loss of files as they cannot be restored from Recycle Bin
Loss of files due to file system errors: Sometimes, you may encounter different error messages like USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned or USB device not recognized etc. File system corruption generally results in these types of errors, which makes files inaccessible from USB flash drive resulting in loss of files. Thus in such case, you have to use professional USB flash drive file recovery utility in order to get back your lost files.
Always make use of Safely Remove Hardware icon to avoid loss of files due to abrupt removal of USB flash drive. Always, recheck while deleting any files from USB flash drives. Immediately stop using corrupt USB flash drive in order to avoid permanent loss of files. Corrupted USB drive file recovery can be performed to restore different types of files like photos, audios, videos, documents etc., from USB flash drives. By, making use of this software user can achieve back files or folders which deleted due to use of some third party software like antivirus. This software can also recover USB files that are accidentally deleted from USB flash drives. If you have accidentally formatted USB flash drive, then you can use this software to retrieve files from USB drives. This software supports file recovery from Transcend pen drive and all different brands of USB flash drive like Sandisk, HP, Kingston, Sony etc. The software has the ability to retrieve USB hard drive deleted data that does not able to boot or inaccessible.
Steps to undelete USB drive lost data are as follows:
Step 1: Download and install USB drive file recovery software and then launch it.
Step 2: The main screen is displayed with 3 options like "Recover Files, Recover Photos and Recover Partitions and drives. Select Recover files option from the main screen as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Select Recover Files Option to restore deleted or lost files
Step 3: Select Recover Deleted Files to retrieve accidentally deleted audio files, video files or image files and if you have lost the audio files, video files or image files then select Recover Lost Files option from the next screen. After selecting relevant option, select the USB drive from where you want to restore deleted or lost USB flash drive files then click on Next option as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Select USB drive
Step 4: Select file type from list of supported file types, if you need to retrieve specific file and then click on Next button.You can view recovered files using Preview option to evaluate recovery results as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 3: View recovered files from USB drive