How to Recover Deleted Files from a Thumb Drive?


A thumb drive is a portable USB memory storage device. Thumb drives are removable and rewriteable devices, which store data on a built-in flash memory. Thumb drives are available in various storage capacities varying from 2GB to 64GB. Many people use USB thumb drive to store their backup data and to carry files along due to its portability.

However, thumb drives are prone to data loss due to various reasons like accidental deletion, virus attack, accidental formatting etc. When you connect your thumb drive to the computer and try to open it, you might not be able to access the files on the thumb drive and you might encounter an error message which says “Drive is not formatted" or "Format Now" error. If you continue with formatting the USB thumb drive, you may end up losing data from your USB thumb drive. Then you need to restore flash drive not formatting errors.

You can recover the thumb drive data by using the Portable Drive Recovery software which also supports thumb drive recovery and helps to retrieve portable drive from the formatted thumb drive. This application recovers deleted files, folders, MS Office documents, music files, pictures, movies, songs from your thumb drive and also supports a recovery of lost files from formatted thumb drive cases. You can recover deleted files from a thumb drive of various brands like Transcend, SanDisk, Kingston and many others.

Factors responsible for the deletion of files on thumb drive:

Selecting the “Delete All”: You may click on “Delete All” button on the camera to erase all the files at a stretch. Sometimes, you may do it accidentally and lose all the files from the camera. The data will be still present on the flash drive of the camera.

Improper ejection of USB drive: Data may be lost when you eject USB drive from the computer suddenly, while data transfer is taking place in the background. Using the portable drive recovery you can retrieve the USB hard drives.

Interruption of file transfer: You may transfer files from a thumb drives to the computer to have a more space on it to store new files. In such situations, if the file transfer is interrupted, some of the files may get deleted from the thumb drive. You can get back those files using a recovery software. Portable Drive Recovery tool is one of the recommended recovery tools to know how to recover deleted files from a thumb drives. Due to this reason, if any of your portable drive is corrupted, use this link to recover all data easily:

Abrupt Power failures: This situation occurs when you are transferring the files from a thumb drives to the computer system there will be some chances of power failures. Due to this it will results in the deletion of files which are involved in the process of transfer. You can also lose huge amount of data from a portable drive after corruption due to frequent power failure. If any portable drive is damaged after an improper system shut down and you need to recover data, this link will provide you suitable recovery procedure:

Features of the thumb drive recovery tool:

  • Restore deleted or lost files from USB thumb drives.
  • Recover files from an accidentally formatted thumb drive. With the help of this recovery utility, you can recover data from formatted portable HDD as well.  
  • Retrieve files from corrupt or damaged USB thumb drive
  • Supports data recovery on thumb drives of popular brands like Kingston Jet Flash, SanDisk Cruzer Blade, Transcend Data Traveler.
  • It is one of the most widely used tools, which is able to restore Toshiba portable hard drive data including other popular external HDD brands like Seagate, Hitachi, Iomega, Samsung, Sony etc. with ease.

  • Supports data recovery on Mac drive and Windows drive.

Steps to recover deleted files from a thumb drive:

Step 1: Connect the thumb drive. Now download and install the Portable Drive Recovery software. On the home screen, select “RECOVER FILES” from the main window.

Portable Drive Recovery - Main screen

Step 2: Select “RECOVER DELETED FILES” from the next screen to recover your deleted files. Now select the thumb drive from where you need to recover the files. Then software starts the scanning process.

Portable Drive Recovery - Select recover deleted files

Step 3: Once scanning is done, you can view the recovered file in “FILE TYPE VIEW/DATA VIEW” list.

Portable Drive Recovery - View in file type view

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