Recover Lost Data from Pen Drive on Mac OS X/macOS

You may lose your data on pen drive due to various factors, such as accidental deletion, pen drive formatting, corruption, or virus attack. When you need to recover files from your flash pen drive on Mac, you can not miss EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, which can recover all the usual deleted files from USB pen drive quickly and effectively.

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Mac USB Flash Drive Overview

Pen drive is a portable USB flash memory device that can be used to store photos, spreadsheets, word processing documents, movie clips, music tracks, and many other types of files. It was well accepted by numerous users. However, as people like to save important data on the pen drive, losing data on it can be a great disaster. So here we will discuss how to recover lost data from pen drive on Mac OS X/macOS. First, let's take a look at what causes data loss on the pen drive.

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Factors May Cause Data Loss on Pen Drive

Pen drive data loss can be caused by many factors unexpectedly. Here, I have listed some common reasons:

  • Virus attack
  • Hardware malfunction
  • Improper shutdown
  • Human wrong operations
  • Software corruption

So you can try to avoid these accidents to protect your relevant data. But what if you lost data and want to get it back? Can you recover lost USB flash drive data from Mac? will you recover lost data from pen drive on Mac if you are suffering the data loss? Read on to get the most straightforward and securest solution here.

Best USB Flash Drive Recovery Software for Mac

If you are suffering the endless trouble due to data loss on the pen drive, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to effectively get your lost data back. This all-in-one data recovery software can help you handle various data loss occasions easily.

  • It helps to recover over 200+ file types support, including recovering deleted Excel/Word/PPT, photos, videos, music, and other files from your Mac internal/external hard drive.
  • It allows recovering data from Mac hard drive, USB pen drive, digital cameras, and external storage devices.
  • It can be seamlessly installed on all the Mac systems, from Mac OS X 10.9to macOS 10.14(Mojave). 
Tech Specification Details
Supported System Latest macOS 10.15 and OS X above 10.9
Software Size 37MB
Data Recovery Process 3 Step Recovery: Select Location - Scan - Preview & Recover
Price $89.95 (30-Day Refund Policy)

How to Recover Data from USB Pen Drive on Mac OS X/macOS

Stop using the USB drive as soon as you realize you will need to perform data recovery on the device. This operation can prevent the files from being overwritten by the operating system before you have a chance to recover them. Follow the simple steps to recover deleted files from Mac USB drive:

Step 1. Connect your USB drive to your Mac

Correctly connect your USB flash drive to your Mac. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. Start selecting the flash drive and click "Search for lost files" to let the software scan for lost files on it.

select your USB drive and search for lost files

Step 2. Find lost data on the USB drive

After the scan, all files will be presented in the left panel in the scan results.

Find lost data on USB using the filter function

Step 3. Recover data from flash drive

Select the files you want to recover and click the "Recover" button. Don't save the recoverable files to the USB drive itself in case of data overwriting.

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Tips to Prevent Data Loss on USB Drive

This easy tutorial on how to recover deleted files from a USB Flash drive on Mac can help you. Learning how to protect your USB flash drive or pen drive is also essential to keep them safe.

Make Backups regularly

Create backups of your data from time to time in case your USB gets corrupted. Many users neglect to back up the data on their USB drives, even when they are the only media used to store particular data. Don't be one of these victims. Spend some time making some backups of your data.

Steps to turn on data protection:

Step 1. Click the lock icon on the right side of the partition.

Step 2. Turn on "Simple Protect or "Complete Protect" according to your needs.

Tip 3. Remove Pen Drive Carefully

Safely remove your USB drive after you are done using it. To do this safely, remove the USB on Mac:

Step 1. Hold the "Control" key and the mouse pad on your Mac

Step 2. Select "Eject" from the menu.

Then, you can eject your USB flash drive safely.


USB drives and pen drives are widely used because they are excellent choices for sharing files with friends or colleagues. You can use them to add extra storage capacity to your machine or to segregate specific data. But if you are bothered by USB flash drive data loss, you can always turn to EaseUS Mac data recovery software. In a few clicks, it restores deleted data on your USB flash drive, including your lost photos, documents, and other file types. This fantastic utility recovers deleted files from your internal and external hard drive on Mac.

Flash Drive Recovery Related Questions

In addition to pen drive data recovery, some Mac users may have the following problems. Read on to solve your problems.

How to restore deleted files from a USB flash drive on Mac?

To recover deleted files from a USB drive on Mac:

Step 1. Correctly connect your USB flash drive to your Mac. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Step 2. Start selecting the flash drive and click Scan to let the software search lost files on it.

Step 3. Select files you want to recover and click the Recover Now button. 

Can you retrieve deleted files on Mac?

Yes, you can. In general, the deleted files from Mac hard drive are put into the Trash can, from where you can restore quickly. If you have emptied the Trash, you can restore deleted files on Mac without software by time machine backup files, undo options, and terminal command.

Is there a Trash Bin on my flash drive?

Yes, but it is not the general Trash Bin you usually use. The Mac operating system creates a hidden trash folder on each of your drives. The folder is named .Trashes and require you to enable your Mac to view hidden folders. Gaining access to this folder on a flash drive will enable you to recover recently deleted files directly.

How to fix a corrupted flash drive without losing data?

To fix a corrupted USB:

Step 1. Plugin your USB flash drive or pen drive to your computer.

Step 2. Go to the start menu, type in cmd in the search bar hit enter, and then you can see something named cmd. exe in a list of programs. 

Step 3. Right-click cmd. exe, run as administrator...Full Guide to USB Drive Repair.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors and data recovery specialists of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is mainly good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization of RAID 0, 5, and 10.

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