Get Back Files from Devices

“I have 32GB mass external storage device and saved lots of valuable files in it. I have saved numerous documents, video clips, songs, pictures, project info, movies and many more files on that device. I had no problem with this device. But, today when I connected the device to my Windows system to move some files, I was shocked!!! Unfortunately, the drive opens up on Windows screen but not displaying any files in it. The device is empty every time when I expand it. I assume that the storage media has turned corrupt and made all files inaccessible. Is it possible to recover files from such device? Thanks in advance!!!”

Generally, is it possible to imagine IT professional or normal desktop users to complete their daily task without data storage and transferring files on computer? Most of the users may give a NO for this kind of query. The major contribution for storing digital data is done by devices like flash drive, internal and external hard drive, memory card, SSD drive, FireWire drive and others. Hence, those devices play a major role in preserving data for average system user to professional user. Many of the storage devices assist as secondary memory even on digital gadgets like camera, media player, mobile phone etc. However, user can be frustrated when their important files get erased or lost.

Factors which may cause data loss or deletion on devices are:

  • Abrupt removal of external devices like memory card, pen drive, etc from system during data read / write process will lead to data loss
  • Accidentally erasing files from portable storage devices while performing any other task will bypass Recycle Bin on system and gets lost completely from it
  • Using unsafe antivirus application to scan virus threats on system hard drive or external device can remove affected data without user notification
  • Accidentally using 'Delete' instead of 'Copy' option, while transferring files from external device to desktop will lead to deletion of those files
  • Unintentionally pressing Format option on storage device will remove entire files present in it

To avoid above mentioned issues, it is better to have back up of all files regularly. In case if you don't have back up of any files, then no need to make it a big issue. By using prominent recovery software, you can effectively bring back lost or erased files from external devices as well as from system hard drive.

Utility to recover files from device:

Yodot File Recovery is amazing tool to recover lost or deleted files from storage device on Windows system. This tool supports retrieving various file types with the aid of signature search. It can retrieve text, doc, audios, videos, RAR archives, Excel sheets, pictures and many others from storage media. It can easily restore deleted files from thumb drive, external and internal hard drive, memory card, SSD drive, FireWire drive, memory cards and many other devices. It has abilility to restore files from storage drives formatted with FAT16, ExFAT, FAT32, ReFS, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems. This software is compatible on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 OS based computers.

Steps to restore files from device:

Note: Suppose you have lost or deleted files from external storage device, then connect it to healthy Windows system and follow same steps

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery tool on your Windows computer
  • Open the setup and follow the main screen guidelines
  • Two options will be shown i.e, 'Deleted File Recovery' and 'Lost File Recovery'
  • In that use any of the required option to get back your files from device
  • The application scans and displays all internal and external drives connected to your system
  • Now select the drive from which you need to restore files
  • The program scans selected drive and displays all retrievable files
  • Choose the files which you want to get back
  • Finally browse for destination location to save your recovered files. But do not save them on the same storage device from where you have rescued


  • Do not new files on to storage device from where you have lost files until using recovery software
  • Always eject external device with specified instructions