Recover Deleted Files on a USB Flash Drive

By · Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Recover Deleted Files on a USB Flash DriveLosing data on a USB flash drive can not only be a pain, it can be a real nightmare! I for one have experienced entire hours of work vanish right before my eyes to never be seen again. Data loss is not only frustrating; it can be completely detrimental to your success and even mental state of mind. Even with automatic backups or auto saves, data can still be deleted through human error with a simple press of a button.

Luckily not all hope is lost upon data deletion. Many files are actually still present on a USB flash drive even after deleting them. The question is, how do you retrieve your lost information? Well there are quite a few ways you can go about recovering your lost information. You can take it to a data retrieval company, but that is going to cost you. You could always look through your backup files and see if there is a useable version, but there is no guarantee.

There is one way you could recover deleted files on your USB flash drive that is both free to use, and has a high chance of success. The method we are talking about is none other than Data recovery software. Now there is commercial data recovery software, but you can actually get some free ones off the internet. All of these programs should work and should be able to at least find your deleted information. However, time is of the essence as the more you use your computer, the greater the chance that your computer will override your files to clear space for new ones.

So what is Data recovery software actually doing? Well the software is able to look at past information stored on the USB flash drive. This can be done thanks to its ability to recognize deleted file and sometimes, be able to see deleted files from a long time ago.

To recover your information, simply plug in your USB flash drive, start your chosen program, and instruct it to open the drive you lost your data on. The program will then scan your drive and tell you which potential files it could recover. You may even see some files you deleted months ago appear. Next tell the program which files you want to extract and it will do its best at retrieving your data.

Now this method is not guaranteed, and if your information is that important to you to take it to the next level, you can always have a professional company try to restore your data. But for the average user, these free programs work wonders and can save you hours of work.

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