USB Recovery | Restore Overwritten Files on USB Stick

My boss has a file on his USB-Stick that he changes regularly. He discovered he had destroyed vital information after saving it for the last time. He had already closed the file and brought the Stick to me to do magic. I told him I didn't see a way to retrieve the old file, which is also what Google told me. Please inform me if I'm correct or not. And if I'm wrong, please point me in the right way.

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Dany· Answered on Dec 27, 2022

I believe the previous version of the file is no longer available. If a file is overwritten, it is erased. You might have a little section of the document if your boss conducted no other read/write operations, but it would most likely be flagged as a corrupt file and unusable. Unless there is a .tmp copy of the file on the USB, your boss overwrote it when he saved it. 

The ideal course of action would be a data recovery service. Before doing this, you can resort to other straightforward methods to find out if you can luckily restore the files.

Previous Versions is a backup and recovery capability in Windows that can be used to restore files and folders that have been deleted, formatted, edited, damaged, or lost. If you're lucky, you might be able to recover overwritten files from the Previous Version! Here's how to go about it:

  • Select "Properties" from the context menu when you right-click the file.
  • Navigate to the "Previous Version" tab.
  • Choose the most recent version and click "Restore" to recover the overwritten files.

You're safe if you've configured Backup and Restore on your Windows PC to save your USB data and files. Backup and Restore, which comes with Windows 7 and later, can help you back up entire internal and external drives or specific folders, allowing you to restore a previous version of a file if it is lost, damaged, or useless.

You can turn to data recovery software for assistance if the option fails to recover overwritten or lost files. When you don't have a backup, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can restore lost or deleted files in any challenging situation. If you accidentally overwrite your USB drive, the file can still be recovered using the file recovery application. You can try to recover the files from a backup or by utilizing a data recovery program.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

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