Can you recover deleted files from a flash drive?
I just made a stupid decision that I deleted part of files stored on my USB flash drive. I don’t know what happened to me, when it pops-up the warning “Are you sure you want to permanently delete these 9 items”, I clicked “Yes”, and at that moment, I realized that I made a big mistake, I should not do that. Can you recover deleted files form a flash drive?
Most of users know that once the files stored on flash drives like USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive, have been deleted, they won’t be removed to Recycle Bin like the files stored on the local hard drives. That means once you delete the files from a flash drive, you cannot find them in Recycle Bin. But is that mean the files cannot be found anymore? Not exactly. This article will show you how to recover delete files from flash drive without software.
How to recover files from a flash drive in Windows 10/8/7?
There are so many third party software recommended when you search the question about how do you recover files from a flash drive. But you need to know that you can recover deleted files from flash drive without software.
Solution 1. Recover deleted files from a flash drive using CMD
To recover deleted files from USB, SD card, pen drive, or other flash drives in Windows 10/8/7, you can do as following steps:
1. Press Windows +R keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog.
2. In the box, type CMD and press Enter to enter command prompt as administrator.
3. In the command prompt, type the command ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D F:*.*
Tips: F is the drive letter of your flash drive. You need to replace F depending on your flash drive letter shows on your computer.
Wait a minute. After this procedure, you will find all deleted files on a newly created folder on your USB drive.
Solution 2. Restore a previous version of files or folders
You can also recover deleted files from a flash drive by “restore previous version of Windows Properties” in Windows 10/8/7.
Step 1. Right-click on the folder that contains files you deleted, select Restore Previous Versions.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, click on the tab “Previous Versions”, you’ll be told that the previous versions from File History or from restore points.
Step 3. A list of older versions of the file will be displayed. Choose the file edition you’re looking for and click the Restore button.
If you don’t see “Restore Previous Versions” by right-clicking, go to Control Panel to turn on the System Protection:
Click on System & Security> System > System Protection
Available drives with corresponding protection will be shown, and you need to select a particular drive and click on configure. Then, click on “Restore system settings and previous versions of files”, and click on “OK”.
It is important to backup files on a flash drive
The files stored on a flash drive also need to be backed up. It is not as safe as your imaging. Like this article said, once the files on USB flash drive deleted, it is difficult to get it back. Even the two methods we introduced may fail. However, things will be different if you backed files on USB flash drive, or SD card, pen drive, etc, once the files lost, no matter what causes, you can retrieve files back with the backup image.
AOMEI Backupper is a great FREE backup software for Windows 10/8/7 users. It allows you to backup files on a flash drive and allows you to restore files when you need.
Recover delete files from USB flash drive with AOMEI Backupper
Using AOMEI Backupper to recover deleted files from a flash drive, you should backup files on USB flash drive via AOMEI Backupper before. Then, you can restore files from the backup image in a short time.
To recover delete files from USB flash drive with AOMEI Backupper, you can do as below:
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper. Click Restore and Select Task to reload your image. If your image is not in the Restore page, you can try to browse a path to find the image by clicking "Select Image File" option.
Step 2. You will be moved to the Restore page, select a backup image to restore, click Next.
Step 3. Then, select the files or folders that you want to restore. Click Next.
Step 4. Here, select to restore to original location and click Start Restore. If you want to restore to new location, you can tick Restore to new location and select a path to save your backup.
Step 5. When the file restore progress reaches 100%, click Finish.
Backup data is the most effective way to protect data safe. AOMEI Backupper should be the great helper for data backup and restore. You can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to get more advanced features. For Windows Server users, you can apply to AOMEI Backupper Server Edition.
Backup data can save a lot of problems easily. Once the data lost, you can restore it in a short time. For example, if you backed up system in advanced, once the system crashed, you can restore computer to earlier state instead of reinstalling system.