Pen Drive Recovery Software: How to Recover Deleted Files from Pen Drive

Daisy updated on Jul 24, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles


You may get your pen drive data lost due to deletion, formatting, or other misoperations. To avoid complete data loss, you can recover deleted/formatted files from the pen drive using the reliable data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Besides, you can also use CMD to recover data from a pen drive if the files are hidden.

About Pen Drive Data Recovery

Being small and light, pen drives are widely used to store files and transfer data between devices. This also gives an explanation of why data loss on pen drives happens quite frequently. Accidental deletion, formatting, virus attack, and file system becoming RAW are common reasons that cause data loss on storage media like pen drives. Luckily, recovering data from a pen drive is highly likely with the help of advanced data recovery software or CMD.

The precondition for successful data recovery on any storage device is that the lost data is not overwritten by new content. Thus, stop using your pen drive once there is data loss on it and perform pen drive data recovery as soon as possible.

Pen Drive Recovery Software

Both data recovery software and CMD can be applied to recover data from a pen drive. But each is suitable for different situations. With the hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can recover files lost due to deletion, formatting, virus attack, OS crash, OS reinstallation, and more. However, with CMD, you can only recover hidden files from a pen drive, which can also be done with the data recovery software. Thus, if you want to recover deleted files from a pen drive, data recovery tool is your only choice.

What can EaseUS pen drive recovery software do for you?

  • Recover data from all removable media devices such as pen drives, thumb drives, jump drives, jet flash drives, and more
  • Recover data from a pen drive of Lexar, Centon, Kingston, PNY, A-DATA, Lexar, Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, Jet flash...
  • Recover almost ALL existing file types like photos, videos, audio files, Microsoft Excel/Word/PowerPoint, Adobe files...

Other than these common scenarios, EaseUS data recovery software can rescue your files in a situation like pen drive not showing data in Windows. Get it now and recover deleted files from your pen drive in minutes.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Pen Drive with Data Recovery Software

Also Applies To: Formatted Data Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, OS Crash Recovery, RAW Partition Recovery, etc.

Both video tutorial and detailed steps are provided below. Choose the one you prefer to follow.

Step 1: Run Pen Drive Recovery Software

  • First, please connect your pen drive to your computer.
  • Then you can run EaseUS pen drive recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
  • On the main interface, choose your pen drive under External Devices, and click Scan to start the pen drive recovery process.
Run pen drive recovery software.

Step 2: Scan the Pen Drive

Let the program run to scan and find all your lost files.
All your files will be listed here:

  • Delete Files: It lists your deleted files.
  • Drive: It loads all your lost files there.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check it first if it's for formatted recovery.
  • Extra Files: Finds files that lost names or paths.
  • Filter: A quick way to your wanted files.
  • Search: e.g. File name/file extension.
Scan to find all lost pen drive files.

Step 3: Recover Pen Drive Files

  • Check those three tabs - Deleted Files, Lost Partition Files or Extra Files to find your files, and you can double-click to preview them.
  • Finally, click "Recover" to save them to a secure location on your PC or another external storage device.
Restore all lost pen drive files.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the 100% secure, virus-free, and plugin-free data recovery software which works perfectly to retrieve lost data. It can restore lost, missing, deleted files, like pictures, videos, music, text files and more from storage devices. Although EaseUS data recovery software can serve as a pen drive recovery software tool, it is not exclusively developed for pen drives. It also supports data recovery on other storage media like local/external hard drives, memory cards, digital cameras, and more.

Bonus Tip: How to Recover Data from Pen Drive Using CMD

CMD is helpful to recover data from a pen drive only when the files are hidden from your device. If you want to recover deleted files from your pen drive, use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard instead.

Step 1. Click "Start" and enter cmd.

Step 2. Right-click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 3. In Command Prompt, type attrib –h –r –s /s /d e:*.* and hit "Enter".

Explanations: The "-h" option is used to clear the hidden attribute, the "-r" option to clear the read-only attribute, and the "-s" option to clear the system attribute. The "/d" attrib option includes directories, not only files, to whatever you're executing. You can only use /d with /s. The part "e:" means the drive letter of your pen drive. Replace it with your own drive letter. 

Recover Data from Pen Drive Using CMD

How to Protect Data on a Pen Drive

After losing important files on your USB, you may realize the necessity of data protection. There are two directions for you to protect your pen drive files:

  • Grow a good habit of using the device
  • Back up your files regularly

A good habit like ejecting the pen drive before removing it can help reduce the risk of data loss on your device and at the same time extend the lifespan of the pen drive. However, good habits can minimize but not eliminate the chance of data loss on a pen drive. That's why data backup is necessary. You can back up your pen drive data by manually copying files, using free backup software or syncing to cloud storage. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Apply the option best suited to your needs.

The Bottom Line

Generally speaking, recovering data from a pen drive can be done with third-party software or CMD. But the applicable scenario varies. Pen drive recovery software enables you to recover deleted/formatted data while CMD can only retrieve hidden files from your device. Besides, Backing up data is needed if you want to avoid complete data loss on your storage device. Although software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is useful in getting files back, it's always better to prevent data loss from happeninng.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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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