How to Recover Data from Unrecognized Pen Drive?

“I frequently use my laptop and also the desktop to keep-going with my work from office as well as home. So, I use USB drive to transfer various files between the systems. But, most of the times due to time constraints, I do not safely remove the drive after completing transfer process to/from the USB. And unfortunately today when I connected this flash drive on to my desktop, it was not visible at all. I pulled out and connected once again, but my system was unable to detect the USB drive. Then I connected this USB drive on many other computers too, but result is same thing; no system recognized the flash drive of mine. How can I get back files from unrecognized flash drive now, please do help me by suggesting some proper methods.”

This kind of situation is most common among USB flash drive users that result in loss of files saved on it and also resists further usage of flash drive. USB drive gets unrecognized on computers due to many logical errors. In the above mentioned scenario, since the USB drive was dismounted from systems in unsafe mode, the drive might have got damaged and thus it is not been recognized on any system. In addition, when the USB flash drive is not properly mounted on system or if USB port itself has some problem and software malfunctioning may lead to this disaster.

However, there is no need to get upset as the data is still safe on that unrecognized flash drive. So, first let’s have a quick look at the manual methods that can be utilized to make the USB drive recognizable on system. Follow these steps:

  • Connect the flash drive on your Windows system
  • Then click on My computer and check whether the computer detects it as any unknown device
  • If not, then click on Map network drive option
  • Select a drive letter that is not in use on the computer and click browse
  • This might notice the flash drive that is connected on the system
  • After this, restart the system and again go for My computer option
  • Now, the drive must be recognized

This might work in few cases and if your USB drive is still unrecognized then go to Start menu -> right click on My computer -> Go to properties -> click on Device Manager -> then click on disk drives that shows all the drives associated with the system. Your drive must be displayed in this list. However, recognized USB drive is still not accessible. In order to access the USB drive and bring it back to normal, it has to be formatted. And here comes the need for using file recovery tool to extract formatted drive data.

Best solution to get back files from undetected flash drive:

One can successfully rely upon Yodot File Recovery software to extract files from unrecognized flash drive after formatting the drive. This tool is elegant enough to recognize and restore all file types from USB flash drive, hard drive, Fire wire drive and other storage media formatted with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS 5 file systems. The tool supports to work on Windows OS based computers and laptops like Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 and 2008 Server. You can also retrieve various file types that are missing or erased from storage devices within no time.

Steps to recover data from unrecognized flash drive:

  • Connect the undetected USB flash drive to any Windows OS computer after formatting
  • Download Yodot File Recovery on that system and install the wizard
  • After running the software, select “Lost File Recovery” option in the main screen
  • Then select the drive letter that represents USB device present on the system and click next
  • Now, the software starts to scan the flash drive  and marks all the files that can be recovered
  • If necessary save the recovery session that avoids rescanning of flash drive in future
  • Then toggle between Data view / File type Views to select required files
  • Select a destination location on the system hard drive and save restored files using save option (but not on the same flash drive)

Valuable Tips:

  • Do not remove flash drive from system by abruptly pulling it out, use safe remove option
  • Before connecting flash drive on your system have a look at the drive letters that is been used on computer
  • Avoid mishandling of USB drive while saving / transferring files on it

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