How to Restore Files from USB Flash Drive?

“Hello, yesterday I downloaded some important files from net cafe and copied to my USB drive. When I returned home and connected USB drive to computer, the anti-virus app notifies me that there is Trojan virus in drive and it has been successfully removed it. When I open the drive I didn’t find my important files, they are all deleted by security application. I again can’t spend so much time for searching those files on internet. So, I request anyone to help me fix this USB drive problem.”

USB drives are the small portable flash storage drives which are widely used for storing and transferring files from one device to another. Normally, USB drives are popularly known as pen drives, flash drives, thumb drives, jump drives, USB sticks, etc. Even this USB drives are very prone to corruption and data loss glitches. The data present in USB drives might get lost or deleted due to various unknown reasons.

Reasons for file loss from USB drive are:

  • Accidental deletion of files from USB drive while erasing unwanted files
  • Unintentionally formatting the USB drive leads to file loss
  • Virus or malware attack on USB drive can harm your important data and make them inaccessible
  • Improper ejection of USB drive from computer can damage its file system leading to file loss
  • Files might get lost from USB drive due to errors occurred while transferring them to computer or vice-versa

When we lose files, first thing you need to check is whether you have backup of those lost data on your computer or on other storage device. If the answer is yes, it doesn’t bother you to any further extent. Just go to the backup file location and get it on your USB drive again. So, creating backup of files is very important and useful. In case, if you don’t have backup and lost your crucial files from USB drive, then use third party recovery program to retrieve it back.

USB drive recovery utility:

Yodot File Recovery is professional data recovery software which helps you to retrieve lost files from USB drive. The recovery program is built with advanced scanning algorithms that scan each and every block of the USB drive to recover lost or deleted files. This recovery tool is quite comfortable in recovering lost/deleted media files from memory cards, iPods, computer hard drives, external hard drives, flash drives and other storage devices. This recovery product works well with all versions of Windows operating system including Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

Procedure to recover lost files from USB drive:

  • First connect your USB drive to computer via USB port
  • Then download and install Yodot File Recovery tool on your Windows PC
  • Start recovery process by clicking on recovery tool icon and follow the instructions directed by it
  • In main screen, you can see two options i.e.“Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Select “Lost File Recovery” option to retrieve missing files on your USB drive
  • Software scans entire computer and shows up all drives present in system including your USB drive
  • Choose the particular drive from which you need to retrieve lost files and click On “Next” option
  • Recovery program starts scanning the selected drive and displays all recovered files either in “Data View” or “File Type View”
  • Preview the retrieved data using “Preview” option and finally store them to your preferred location on computer


  • By connecting your USB drive to virus infected computer you may lose your precious data stored in it
  • Improper handling of USB drive can damaged your drive as well data
  • Before you delete files from USB drive confirm that you have selected the proper files only