Recover Lost Files from Flash Drive

Have you formatted your flash drive accidentally?

Data storage is very important for reading the data in the future. There are lots of data storage devices in the market. Sometimes you need to carry your data from one place to another or transfer the files to other devices. In such cases, you need portable storage devices. Flash drives are the best portable devices to carry data. Flash drives are compact and sleek that it keeps you on the go. It can be carried easily anywhere and everywhere irresistibly. Flash drives include CF cards, SD cards, SDHC cards, XD cards, multimedia cards, memory sticks, etc.

There are lots of reasons to lose data from your flash drive. You may lose your files from the flash drive as the files are deleted by the third party tool due to severe corruption. Whatever may be the reason, your files will be still on the storage drive but the pointers to the files are removed. Therefore lost file retrieval is possible using a lost file recovery software. Stop using the drive to avoid overwriting of data. If the data is overwritten on the drive, it can’t be recovered properly.

Few common file loss scenarios on flash drive:

Following are the important data loss scenarios on flash drives:

Accidental format: You may format the flash drive accidentally or may select the wrong drive while formatting. With this mistake of yours, you will lose all the important documents and files in it. You need a lost file recovery software to recover file after format.

Improper device usage: Files from flash drive can become inaccessible after format error which mainly occurs due to improper device handling. This can occur due to improper drive removal. If you have removed the flash drive from the computer while its files are being used, then it can cause damage to the file system of the flash drive. As a result, the flash drive may show error message like "drive not formatted, do you want to format it now?". In such scenario, you cannot be able to access the files in the flash drive.

Interruption of file transfer: If you are performing cut and paste operation to move data from flash drive to another drive then it should not be interrupted. If it is interrupted then you will lose the file being transferred. Sometimes power surges, sudden system shutdown, etc. interrupts the file transfer and hence data loss. You can recover your files using lost file recovery software.

Virus Attack: Files from flash drive can be lost due to virus attack. This can happen after using the same flash drive in different computers or in the computers which are already infected with virus. Once the flash drive gets affacted with virus means its entire file system gets affected as a result of which it become inaccessible to the user. In such scenario, you need to use lost file recovery to recover inaccessible files from the flash drive.

Features of lost file recovery software:

  • The software can restore lost word documents, excel sheets, emails, archives and some limited media files.
  • The software recovers the files by bypassing the bad sectors of the disk, if any.
  • Recovers the lost files from not only flash drives but also hard drives, memory cards, iPods, etc. storage drives.
  • You can easily recover lost files Win 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 using this file recovery tool.
  • The software scans the drive's sector by sector to recover the lost files.

Steps to recover lost files from flash drives:

Step 1: Download and install the software on your computer. Connect the flash drive to the computer and launch the software. The home page of the software will open where you have to select Recover Files.

Lost File Recovery - Main Screen

Step 2: Click on Recover Lost Files and proceed to select the flash drive. Once you select the drive and click Next, the software starts to scan the drive.

Lost File Recovery - Lost Files

Step 3: The lost files will be displayed after scanning. Preview the files and save to your drive.

Lost File Recovery - Preview

Helpful tips:

  • Use branded adaptor for your flash drive to connect to the computer.
  • Make your flash drive password secure if possible so that nobody else could play with the data in it.
  • Keep the back up of the confidential files.

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