ISO File Recovery: Recover Deleted/Formatted ISO Files on Disk or USB Drive

Tracy King updated on Jul 17, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Don't worry if you happen to delete or format ISO files on a hard disk or USB drive. This article offers best file recovery software for you to perform Windows 10/8/7 ISO file recovery with a few simple clicks.

Method 1. Redownload lost Windows ISO from Microsoft
Method 2. Find lost ISO files from Downloads folder on PC
Method 3. Recover deleted or formatted ISO files with data recovery software

"Hey there, do you know how to restore lost ISO images in a USB drive or hard disk? I saved an early Windows 10 ISO file image in my USB, but I happened to format it last night. I tried to find relative ISO online again, but I failed. So now I'm wondering whether it is possible to recover the lost ISO image files? If you know any methods about ISO file recovery, please let me know."

Happen to delete or format your Windows ISO disk or hard drive and lost the ISO files? Take it easy, here. You have three ways to recover deleted ISO files. If you prefer official access to get lost ISO files backup, please refer to Method 1. If you need quick access, Method 2 will help. If you want to find the lost or deleted ISO files saved on your USB or hard disk, Method 3 with file recovery software should be the best choice. 

Method 1. Re-Download Lost Windows ISO Files from Microsoft

You can turn to Microsoft official site to re-download the same ISO files as you have lost. Official access: Download or Re-download Windows ISO file 

Limit: It will last a long time for you to wait until the downloading process completes. What's more, it will cost you much money to get a legal system. 

Method 2. Find Lost ISO Files from the Downloads Folder on PC

It's a straightforward way to find ISO files from the Downloads Folder. Mostly, when you download a file from the internet browser, it will be saved to the Downloads folder on your PC. Therefore, after you accidentally deleted or formatted your disk, USB drive and lost ISO file, follow the path below to find the original ISO files.

  • This PC(My Computer)\Downloads
  • C:\Users\UserName\Downloads

Limit: Once you've removed the downloaded files, you can't find the lost ISO files here. 

Method 3. Recover Deleted or Formatted ISO Files with Data Recovery Software

If neither of the above approaches works, and you want to save your time and money, here is the best choice by using EaseUS hard drive recovery software. This professional data recovery tool enables you to recover deleted files from USB flash drive, hard drive (HDD and SSD), external hard drive, pen drive, SD card, and more storage devices. And the supported file types are 200+, including photos, videos, audios, documents, emails, ZIP, HTML, etc. 

Now, download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for free and follow the steps below to recover the deleted ISO files from formatted ISO disk or USB drive with ease. 

Step 1. Connect your device to PC.

If you lost files on an external storage device, connect the storage device to your computer firstly.

Step 2. Run this software and scan the lost file.

Run EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC, specify the location where you lost files and click "Scan" to scan those lost files.

Run data recovery software.

Step 3. Preview and restore file.

After the scanning, you can find and double-click to preview your lost files here:

  • Delete Files: All your deleted files are listed here.
  • Drive (with your device name): It loads all lost files here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if your hard drive is formatted or partition gets deleted.
  • Extra Files: All files that lost names or paths on your drive can be found here.
Scan and find lost files.

Step 4. Choose and restore files.

Finally, select the found files, click "Recover" and navigate to save them to a secure location on your PC or another external storage device.

Restore lost files.

More Tips on ISO Recovery

  • Remember to save restored ISO image files into a new storage device or secure hard drive partition on your PC before making sure the ISO disk or USB drive is secure. 
  • Also, you'll need to format the ISO disk or USB drive to reuse it.
  • If you want to use USB or your disk as a Windows installation tool with restored the ISO image, resort to Microsoft for help.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

5. 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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