Losing important data from your USB pen drive can be an unnerving experience. Many people panic because they do not understand how the technology works. But there is no reason to panic as it is possible to recover data from USB flash drives. The software tools to recover USB files are easily available for download on the internet and many of them are totally free.
You can lose data on your USB flash drive due to a number of reasons, such as accidental deletion, virus or malware attack, and damage to the drive caused by banging and dropping. You may even want to recover data you have deleted on purpose. So how it is possible to recover deleted or damaged files from a pen drive? Aren’t they gone for forever? The answer lies in the way electronic files are saved. Every electronic file system has something called a Master File Table (MFT) which contains the names and other important information about every file on the storage mediums, such as pen drive and hard drive. When you delete a file, only the entry in the MFT is deleted. This results in the file name not being shown in the directory or folder. The actual data remains intact, but without an entry in the MFT it can be overwritten with new data. For this reason, once you lose important data from your pen drive, you much stop using it altogether until the lost or damaged file is recovered.
Tools to recover data from USB flash drives that are freely available for download are great for smaller and accidentally deleted files. These will perfectly serve your purpose if your pen drive or the file on it is not damaged and if the lost files to be recovered are not too large. However, if you have a large amount of data to be recovered or a damaged pen drive or files, your only recourse will be to buy a tool to recover USB files that are available for purchase. In any case, most of the free ones have to be upgraded with payment after a certain number of uses.
USB data recovery tools do not take much time to download and are easy to use. Once you install them, all you have to is follow the instruction. You may find some of the terms used for files confusing, but if you just concentrate on the name of the file you have lost, there should be no problem. Generally, the tools perform three types of recoveries: deleted files recovery, complete recovery and partition recovery. Deleted file recovery is the simplest and recovers files that have been accidently deleted. Complete recovery is for files that have been lost due to formatting, physical damage, or virus and malware attack. Partition recovery is accidently deleted and lost partition tables on your USB drive.
While it is easy to recover accidentally deleted file, the software may not be able to recover data from badly damaged flash drives. In such cases, you may have to try as many data recovery tools as you can afford to buy if the lost data is too important to lose. With so many tools available for download, some of them are bound to work. Some of the well known data recovery tools are EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, Pandora Recovery, Recuver and Disk Doctors.