How to Recover Formatted USB Flash Drive Mac

Daisy updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

You can easily recover data from a formatted USB flash drive with EaseUS USB flash drive data recovery software. After you lost data after a quick format using Disk Utility or other disk formatting tools, feel free to download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

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For a Mac user, he/she might format a removable disk for many reasons. It is necessary to format an external storage device, such as a USB flash drive, pen drive, and a memory card,  to a proper file system, so that Mac OS X or macOS could recognize, detect or read data. But most of the time, disk formatting is used to fix hard drive errors, which could be resulted from file system corruption, virus infection, bad sectors, and other common usage issues.

Mac users format a USB flash drive, usually with the built-in Disk Utility application, and quite a lot users tend to use a third-party disk formatting tool. As introduced, formatting manners could be intentional or unintentional. We would create a backup of important USB drive data if we know this quick formatting is going to happen. But, if it's a careless or mistaken operation, formatting will erase data and you don't even have a backup at hand.

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We like to use a USB drive to carry frequently used documents, pictures, movies, music and other file types. It's definitely a catastrophic disaster to lose a single file, let alone formatting would wipe all contents out at one time. When you're experiencing a complete data loss issue by formatting, don't wait for a second. Find a reliable Mac data recovery software to perform data recovery as soon as possible.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard has both Windows and Mac versions, and it has been serving worldwide users for over 10 years. It's a popular and capable recovery software in retrieving 100+ file types and present storage devices. It works seamlessly on the older Mac OS X operating system as well as the newer macOS operating system. Moreover, it has a free version that enables users to recover 2GB files for free. Prepare your USB flash drive, install the Mac free data recovery software, and start with the guide to recover data from the formatted USB drive. For Windows users, follow this link to recover formatted USB drive.

How to Recover Formatted USB Flash Drive

Step 1. Correctly connect your USB flash drive to your Mac. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. Start selecting the flash drive and click "Scan" to let the software search lost files on it.

select the flash drive where data lost and click scan

Step 2. After a quick scan and deep scan, all files will be presented in the left panel in the scan results.

scan lost data on the flash drive

Step 3. Select files you want to recover and click the "Recover Now" button. Don't save the recoverable files to the USB drive itself in case of data overwriting.

click recover now button to recover lost flash drive data on your Mac

Data recovery software is a very competent helper when lost data, no matter it's formatted, deleted or hidden somewhere. However, don't put all your eggs in one basket because it's too risky. To double protect important digital data on a flash drive, pen drive, SD card or HDD, you need a regular backup. Nowadays, cloud storage, such as iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox, is a good place to sync files and keep a backup for Apple users. Besides, manually creating backups through Time Machine and third-party Mac backup and recovery software is a good idea, too.

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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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