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How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from USB Flash Drive Without Software

Updated on May 17, 2019 by Jean to Data Recovery


Here the best 2 ways to recover permanently deleted files from USB flash drive without using software are introduced for free, and they are about using cmd to retrieve deleted files and restore a previous version of files and folders. Read the details to learn how to recover deleted files from the flash drive or pen drive without software right now.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Flash Drives Without Software

"I just accidentally clicked 'yes' when prompted to permanently delete a couple of files from my USB flash drive. Is it possible to recover permanently deleted files from the flash drive without using the software? There are so many recommendations of third-party data recovery tools on the internet, and I can't decide which one to choose."

Perhaps it's a little bit difficult for average computer users to select a satisfying USB recovery tool to retrieve deleted files that weren't in recycle bin. So, following are two viable solutions to help restore permanently deleted files from a flash drive without using any software.

Solution 1. Recover Deleted Files in USB Using CMD

Step 1. In Windows 10/8.1/8/7, go to Run by pressing Windows Key + R.
Step 2. Type CMD to enter command prompt.
Step 3. Type the command in the window: ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D G:*.* 
(G is the USB drive letter. You should replace G depending on your own USB drive letter shown on the computer)

Solution 2. Restore A Previous Version of Files or Folders

In addition to recovering permanently deleted files from USB using CMD, you can try another option to restore an older version of files in Windows 10/8.1/8/7. 

Step 1. Right-click on the folder that contains your deleted files and select "Properties".

Step 2. Click on the tab "Previous Versions". You'll be told there that previous versions come from File History or from restore points.

restore previous version of files in usb flash drive without using software

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.

Hope either of the recovery methods helps. If both fail to recover permanently deleted files from USB flash drive, we strongly recommend you download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It makes the recovery easier and faster.

How to Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

Permanently deleted files on USB flash drives, pen drives, memory cards and HDD/SSD, for example, using shift delete, can be effectively retrieved using third-party data recovery software. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard as a free piece of file recovery software allows people to recover permanently deleted files and folders on any type of storage devices.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is recognized as the most prominent and quickest file recovery software, especially when it comes to permanently deleted file recovery. Three clicks will be able to recover deleted files in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista: choose a file location -> scan -> recover.

1- Choose a file location

Left-click on the Drive X: (also, a specific folder is supported), where you deleted files permanently.
Click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

2- Scan

The software automatically starts scanning all over the selected drive.
Soon, a quick scan result comes out and displays in "Deleted files".

scan permanently deleted files

3- Recover

In addition to the "Deleted files" results, check the results in the relevant drive X: or other sections after the scan is over, especially in "Extra Files", where keeps the files that might have lost file names and paths.

Finally, select the wanted files and click "Recover".

select files and click recover