What is USB Flash Drive?
A USB flash drive, also called pen drive, key drive, or simply USB drive, is a data storage device that includes flash memory with an integrated Universal Serial Bus interface. USB flash drive is typically removable and rewritable, and physically much smaller than an optical disc. It can be plug into a computer USB port and function as a portable hard drive, which is often used for storage, backup and transfer of computer files.
Popular USB flash drive brands include: SanDisk, Kingston, Transcend, Corsair, HP, Sony, Moser Baer, CD-R King, Lexar, Imation, Verbatim, PNY, etc.
Thanks to its portability, USB flash drive brings us great convenience. However, unpredictable data loss from USB drive happens here and there in our daily life. For example: “I have saved a great amount of important data on my Kingston USB flash drive. However, my little brother formatted it by mistake. Please let me know how to recover files from USB flash drive?” In addition to formatting, accidently deletion, virus attack, power surges & electro-static discharge, improperly removing the USB flash drive from a computer, and many other unexpected circumstances can lead to data loss from USB drive.
Don’t panic. If you back up your USB drive regularly, what you need to do is to restore lost files from backup program. If not, Jihosoft File Recovery (or File Recovery for Mac) could be your great assistance to recover lost files from USB flash drives. This tool supports recovery of various files types, including photos (JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, etc.), videos (MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, etc.), music files (MP3, WAV, etc.), document files (DOC, XLS, PPT, etc.), and archive files (ZIP, RAR, etc.).
Three Steps to Recover Deleted/Lost Files from USB Flash Drive
Tip: This guide takes the Mac version as example. Ensure to download the right version. Before performing USB flash drive data recovery, stop writing anything else into the USB drive, for any new data would actually erase the deleted files permanently.
Step 1: Download & Install USB Drive Data Recovery
Click the Download button to get the free trial version of this USB Flash Drive Data Recovery and install the software on your Mac computer.
Step 2: Connect USB Drive to Mac and Scan for Lost Files
Connect the USB flash drive to your computer USB port and make sure it’s been detected. Run the program. Choose the drive letter of the USB drive, and click “Start Scan” to begin scanning.
Step 3: Preview and Retrieve Deleted Files from USB Drive
After scanning, all the recoverable files will be listed on the panel. You can preview them and mark those you want to get back, and then hit “Recover” to undeleted files from USB flash drive.