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Recover Deleted Files from USB Flash Drive/External Hard Drive

Here you can learn how to recover deleted files from USB flash drive, external hard drive, memory card, etc with EaseUS data recovery software with simple clicks.

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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.

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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 that 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. Use a correct USB cable to connect your external hard drive to your computer. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and you will see your external disk under External drives. This software supports all the popular external disk brands, including WD, Seagate, Toshiba, LaCie, SanDisk, Samsung, etc. 

Select the external hard drive and then click the "Scan" button. 

select your seagate external hard drive and click scan

Step 2. As soon as the scan process starts, the software will find more and more lost and deleted data and display the data in the scan results. The recovered data will be nicely organized. You can quickly find the target files/folders by file type or search in the search box with exact file name. 

scan the lost data on the seagate external hard drive

Step 3. You can preview the files found by EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard's scanning algorithms. Then, select files and click "Recover". To avoid data overwriting, we recommend that you save the recovered data to a different drive than the original Seagate drive.

select files and click recover

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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.

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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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