Recover Deleted Files from USB Flash Drive/External Hard Drive

Roxanne updated on Jan 21, 2021 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Download EaseUS external hard drive data recovery software here. Try it to recover lost files from a USB or an external hard drive after accidental deletion, formatting, or raw issue with your device not formatted error, virus attack or some other accidents.

Quick Navigation of External Hard Drive Recovery

With the help of high-capacity external hard drives, you can transfer a large amount of data to another PC, or laptop. The only problem is that the more data stored on a single external hard drive, the greater possibility to lose them. But don't worry, you can recover deleted files from external hard drive easily with the help of EaseUS external hard drive recovery software. It only takes three steps to get back lost data from any storage device.

  1. Deleted Files from USB/External Hard Drive
  2. External Hard Drive Data Loss Causes
  3. The Best External Hard Recovery Software
  4. How to Recover Files from USB/External Hard Drive
  5. External Hard Drive Data Recovery FAQs

Deleted Files from USB/External Hard Drive

"I saved lots of important Word and Excel files on my 64 GB USB flash drive. But two hours ago, I mistakenly deleted some files. What's worse, I cannot restore the deleted data from Recycle Bin. How to recover deleted files from my USB flash drive? Thanks, in advance."

Now portable storage devices like USB flash drive, memory card, external hard drive are becoming an indispensable part of people's life. It stores your important data such as music, pictures, videos, etc. But sometimes unexpected data loss disasters caused by certain reasons can make you lose all your crucial data just in seconds. To rescue your files, you need to know how to recover data from portable devices.

External Hard Drive Data Loss Causes

It's essential to know the causes of the data loss before things get worse. And you can solve your problem in a better way if you know the causes.

  • Hard Drive Damage
  • Hard Drive Formatting
  • Software Corruption
  • Viruses & Malware
  • Human Error

The Best External Hard Recovery Software 

Why recovering lost data from an external hard drive is possible? Here's the thing. Files that get deleted aren't usually truly deleted but are just hidden, waiting to be overwritten by something else. You can take advantage of this fact and recover the deleted files you want!

What is the best way to recover deleted files from USB or external hard drive? Usually, to recover deleted files from an external hard drive is difficult for many users. To easily and quickly get back lost data, a powerful data undelete tool is recommended. You can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore deleted data.

Why is EaseUS external hard drive data recovery software the best choice? It stands out because of its excellent capability. You can check its excellence in this table:

Features Detailed Information
Supported Recovery Deleted recovery, formatted recovery, recycle bin recovery, RAW recovery and more.
Supported Files Photos, audio, music, emails, Word, PPT, Excel, PDF, text, etc.
Preview Before Recovery You can preview lost files before the actual recovery and ensure what lost has been found.
Repair Photos It supports to repair damaged or corrupt JPEG/JPG photos on the hard drive, sd card, memory card, or any other storage medium.

How to Recover Files from USB/External Hard Drive

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a very easy-to-use and comprehensive undelete file software which can help you recover formatted data, restore deleted files from the hard drive and recover data from lost partition in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. You can download and install the data recovery software on your PC and watch the video tutorial to simply get all lost files back now:

To recover deleted files from external hard drive:

Step 1. Choose the external hard drive

Since you're going to recover data from the external hard drive, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and choose the exact drive where you lost data. Click Scan.

select external hard drive

Step 2. Scan for lost data

The software will start immediately to scan all over the selected drive for all lost data. During the scan, you could see more and more data showing up in the results.

scan external hard drive

Step 3. Preview and recover data

After the scan is over, check the scan results for the desired data. You can preview the file by double-clicking on it. Click Recover and choose another location to save the recovered data.

preview and recover data

External Hard Drive Data Recovery FAQs

Applies to Windows 10/8.1/8/7

What are the causes of data loss from external hard drive?

  1. Hard Drive Damage
  2. Hard Drive Formatting
  3. Software Corruption
  4. Viruses or Malware
  5. Human Error...

How to recover deleted files from external hard drive?

To recover deleted files from external hard drive:

Step 1. Run USB data recovery software.

Step 2. Scan all lost files from USB.

Step 3. Restore all lost files from USB.

Where do deleted files from external hard drive go?

Your external hard drive has its own recycle bin folder where the deleted files from it are stored. In order to delete those deleted files, we need to access first the recycle bin folder of the external hard drive.

Can I recover data from my external hard drive for free?

Yes. With EaseUS, external hard drive recovery is free if all you need is to recover 2GB of data or less. 

Why deleted files can be recovered?

When you delete a file, it isn't really erased – it continues existing on your hard drive, even after you empty it from the Recycle Bin. This makes data recovery possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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