Five tips for recovering files on the USB stick

Lima tips untuk memulihkan file pada stik USB

Files mistakenly deleted from flash drives can be recovered with ease. Using the right tool, it is possible to get back most of the items that may have been accidentally removed, corrupted by defects or infected by viruses. In general, it is enough that nothing has been recorded on the same device to increase the chances of restoring deleted images, videos and documents that no longer open. Here are five tips for recovering files on the USB stick.

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Windows command line

If any files were accidentally deleted from the USB stick, it is possible to recover them using the USB drive’s trash. The directory is normally hidden, but you can display it using a command in Windows.

Step 1. With the USB stick connected to the computer, open Start and search for “cmd” to find the Command Prompt. Click on the item with the right mouse button and select «Run as administrator».

1 of 17 Access the Command Prompt as Administrator – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Access the Command Prompt as Administrator – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Then, execute the following command by adding the letter corresponding to the pendrive and press Enter:

attrib -s -h -r LETTER: /*.* / s / d

2 of 17 Use a command to display the pendrive’s trash – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Use a command to display the flash drive’s trash – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 3. A new trash folder will appear on the flash drive. With luck, your files can appear there.

3 of 17 Check if deleted files appear in the trash – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Check if deleted files appear in the trash – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

If the loss of files was due to a more serious problem, whether due to virus infection or USB device corruption, it is more appropriate to use a dedicated recovery solution. One of them is Disk Drill, which has a version for Windows and macOS and a good usability. It has a limit of 500 MB recovery in the free version, which may be enough for those who usually use small capacity flash drives. It also has some interesting features, such as the ability to view identified files even before the scan is finished.

Step 1. On the home screen, select the flash drive and click on “Search for lost data”.

4 of 17 Scan the pendrive with Disk Drill – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Scan the pendrive with Disk Drill – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 2. It is possible to check the recovered files even while the search is still in progress. To do this, click on “Review found items”.

5 of 17 Check items recovered by Disk Drill – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Check items recovered by Disk Drill – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 3. Hover over an item and click the button with an eye icon to preview on the side. To restore, check the desired items and click «Recover».

6 of 17 Preview items before recovering – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Preview items before recovering – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 4. Select the destination folder and click «Ok» to finish.

7 of 17 Choose a folder to save restored items – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Choose a folder to save restored items – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

The EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is another free option to restore files from the flash drive. Its differential is the ability to recover a higher limit, up to 2 GB of files, in the free version. In addition, the program allows you to choose exactly which folder to search, lets you retrieve items with the scan in progress and brings a preview tool.

Step 1. Select your USB stick in the «External devices» section and click «Check».

8 of 17 Check for lost files with the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Check lost files with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 2. During or at the end of the scan, select one of the files found and click on “Recover”. Select the destination folder in the pop-up window.

9 of 17 Recover files using the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Recover files using the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

UnDeleteMyFiles Pro does not have an elaborate design like the others, but it delivers an agile response when recovering files that were recently lost. The tool also offers 2 GB of free recovery.

Step 1. Access the “Deleted file search” option.

10 of 17 Access the UnDeleteMyFiles Pro recovery tool – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Access the UnDeleteMyFiles Pro recovery tool – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Click on “Search”, select the pendrive and click on the other “Search” button to start the scan.

11 of 17 Search for lost files on the USB stick – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Search for lost files on the flash drive – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 3. At the end, check the items you want to restore, click on “Recover” and choose the folder where they should be saved.

12 of 17 Recover files with UnDeleteMyFiles Pro – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Recover files with UnDeleteMyFiles Pro – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

USB flash drive recovery

If the flash drive is not working, you can use a native Windows tool to reverse the problem. This solution must be done before attempting to restore the data that was stored on the flash drive. The procedure can also be used after the recovery process. In this way, it ensures that the device will work correctly in the future.

Step 1. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator.

13 of 17 Access the Command Prompt as Administrator – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Access the Command Prompt as Administrator – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 2. When opening the Prompt, type «diskpart» and hit Enter.

14 of 17 Access the diskpart in cmd – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Access the diskpart in cmd – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 3. Type the command “list disk” and hit Enter to see a list of the computer’s storage devices, including the HD and external devices, such as the USB stick. Then, use “select disk” followed by the disk number as shown in the table. Identify the pendrive by the capacity shown in the “Size” column.

15 of 17 Select the pendrive from the list of active disks – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Select the pendrive in the list of active disks – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 4. Then type the following commands, in sequence. Hit Enter after each one.

16 of 17 Clean, create a new partition and activate the pendrive storage – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Clean, create a new partition and activate the storage of the pendrive – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 5. Finally, format the USB stick. Replace «SYSTEM» in the command below with the desired file system type, such as «ntfs», «fat32» or «exfat». In place of «LETTER», assign a free letter to designate the disk in the system. If all goes well, the Command Prompt will display the message “Diskpart has successfully formatted the volume”.

format fs = SYSTEM label = «LETTER» quick

17 of 17 Format the pendrive in NTFS, FAT32 or ExFAT – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Format the pendrive in NTFS, FAT32 or ExFAT – Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves