Flash Drive Recovery: Recover Any Data and Files from Flash Drives

Jose Henline
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A flash drive is a small, ultra-portable storage device, which is commonly used to transfer many kinds of files between different computers. Flash drives are often referred to pen drives, thumb drives, or jump drives. And there are many reasons like accidental formatting or deletion, virus attack, electro-static discharge that can cause your vital data lost on the flash drives. How to recover files from flash drives? Here are some solutions for performing flash drive recovery on Windows and Mac.

Recommended Flash Drive Recovery Tool

To recover data from flash drive, you need a flash drive recovery tool. And a powerful flash drive data recovery can help you solve all removable flash drives' data loss problems including:

  • Virus attack, power surges and electro-static discharge
  • Improperly removing flash drives from a computer
  • Accidentally deleted files from flash drive when connecting to computers
  • Accidentally format flash drive or if your computer asks you to format it
  • The file system of your flash drive displays as raw and the data become inaccessible

And a professional flash drive recovery should also have below powerful features:

  • Recover photos, videos, audios, documents, archives, and other files.
  • Recover data from flash drives, internal hard drives & external drives, USB drives, SD cards, memory card, MP3 player, etc.
  • Support common file systems like FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, ext2, ext3, ext4, NTFS and HFS+.
  • Fast scanning speed and user-friendly interface
  • Offer free trial version to find and preview recoverable files.

Considering all above factors, here I highly recommend you Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac and Recuva for Windows. Below are the detailed guide on recovering deleted files from flash drive on Mac and Windows.

How to Recover Data from Flash Drive on Mac

Cisdem Data Recovery is a great option for performing flash drive recovery on Mac. It offers built-in file filtering feature to find your target lost or deleted files quickly and also allows you to search or classify recoverable data by file types. You can follow below steps to recover deleted files from flash drive on Mac.

Step 1. Connect your flash drives to your Mac. Download and install Cisdem Data Recovery on Mac. It is totally free for you to find the lost files from flash drives.

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Step 2. This flash drive recovery app offers five scan modes including Basic Data Recovery, Trash Recovery, External Drive Recovery, Formatted Drive Recovery and Advanced Data Recovery. Basic Data Recovery allows you to recover recently deleted files quickly with their original names. And Advanced Data Recovery takes you much time in scanning but will scans your flash drive thoroughly. If you just lost or deleted your files, choose Basic Data Recovery. If you can’t find the files you want, try Advanced Data Recovery. You can choose your desirable scan mode to continue.

Step 3. This flash drive recovery tool for Mac will list all hard drives and detected external devices. Choose the flash drive where you want to recover data. And click “Scan”. Then it starts to scan your flash drive for deleted files.

Step 4. After scanning, it will classify all found files into 6 categories in the left column and show how many files found of each category. Click each file to preview. Select the files you want to recover, and hit “Recover” button to recover files from flash drive.

How to Recover Data from Flash Drive on Windows

Recuva is a supremely user-friendly flash drive data recovery that offers wizard and advanced mode to recover files deleted from your flash drives, Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, etc. It also recovers emails from Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail. Below I will show you how to recover data from flash drive on Windows by using Recuva wizard.

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Step 1. Download and install Recuva on your computer. Connect your flash drive to the PC and open Recuva. On the Welcome to the Recuva Wizard page, click “Next”.

Step 2. Select the type of files you want to recover, then click “Next”. If you're not sure what type of files you're looking for, select “Other”.

Step 3. Select the flash drive where you want to search, and then click “Next”.

Step 4. Then you can optionally choose to run a deep scan. This advanced scan can take several hours, but has a better chance of finding your files. Click “Start” to start scanning.

Step 5. After scanning, this flash drive recovery tool shows all found results in the main window. Highlight each file to preview and click “Recover” to select a destination for the recovered files.

In conclusion, all lost data could be simply restored as long as they haven’t been overwritten. No obstacles will be met by using above amazing flash drive recovery tools. They also support SD card data recovery, external hard drive data recovery, memory stick data recovery, etc.

Jose Henline
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Jose specializes in reviews, how-to guides, top lists, etc. on PDF, data recovery and multi-media. On his spare time, he likes to travel or challenge some extreme sports.

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