Tutorial of Memory Stick Data Recovery

Tracy King updated on Dec 03, 2020 to Data Recovery Resouce | How-to Articles

This article is a tutorial of recovering data from a memory stick, which can help us recover data from many storage devices under Windows.

Memory Stick Data Loss

Today we will talk about USB memory stick data loss and learn the tutorial of USB memory stick data recovery.

Memory Stick is a detachable flash memory card type and is also utilized in all-purpose to define the entire group of Memory Sticks. Added to the unique USB Memory Stick, this entire group comprises the Memory Stick PRO, a revised version that permits greater storage volume and fast file transferring speed. 
However, for a certain reason, memory sticks may get impaired during a power scarcity, or sudden removal while capturing images or viewing them from the memory cards.

"I am using a 32GB USB to store videos. This USB always works well. However, it goes wrong. All of the files on this USB memory stick are gone after I remove the USB and reconnect it to the computer."

The above message is from a tech forum. A user asked for help saying all files on his USB memory stick are gone and wanted to find a way to do data recovery. As a result, here we give a USB memory stick recovery tutorial to help.

What Causes Memory Stick Data Loss

Generally, the reasons for USB memory stick data loss are as follow:

  • Accidentally format the USB memory stick
  • Wrongly delete data in the USB memory stick
  • Computer viruses and worms infection or corruption.
  • Damage due to a power failure or surge
  • Unexpected system shutdown or application failure.
  • Other unknown reasons

Once find there is data loss in the USB memory stick, we should stop any operation which will cause overwriting. The faster we perform data recovery, the more chances we get to recover the lost data.

How to Recover USB Memory Stick Data

To make it, we could use data recovery software to recover data from USB memory stick easily and safely, here EaseUS recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard is highly recommended for USB memory stick recovery. Let's check its features first.

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EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - The Best Memory Stick Recovery Software

  • Recover deleted, formatted, and inaccessible data in different data loss situations.
  • Recover photos, audio, music, and emails from any storage effectively, safely, and completely.
  • Recover data from the recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorder.

Download EaseUS Recovery software and follow the guide below to recover lost data in the USB memory stick.

Steps of Memory Stick Recovery

Step 1. Select a location to scan.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card where you lost data, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select files to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, choose the files you want to recover. To locate the data faster, use the search bar or filter to search for specific files. To check a file, double-click the item to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the files.

Recover lost data

Video tutorial guide to recover data from the USB memory stick/USB external hard drive:

You can also watch the video tutorial guide to perform the USB memory stick recovery with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and get all lost data back:

Besides USB memory stick data recovery, we can also use Data Recovery Wizard to recover data from other storage media such as RAID, hard drive, USB flash drive, digital camera, digital audio player, SD card, compact flash, etc. under Windows.

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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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