How to recover data from pen drive

With a compact and rugged built, pen drives are the most commonly used and most reliable type of storage devices. But often due to human negligence and various other reasons, pen drives are subject to data loss issues from time to time. If you have experienced data loss on pen drives, SFware pen drive data recovery software is the perfect tool for you. It helps you recover deleted files, lost files due to corruption, virus attacks, bad sectors, data lost during transfer or any other causes on pen drives!

Common reasons for data loss in pen drives

If you have experienced data loss from pen drives, it is important to understand the reason behind it. That will help you deal with the situation in a more informed way. Use the workflow provided here to solve the problem and recover data from pen drives.

Losing important files from your pen drives can be daunting. But with SFWare, you can easily recover deleted files, lost files and files from formatted USB's. Works with all brands of pen drives like HP, SanDisk, Samsung, Kingston, Toshiba, Corsair etc. Download a free trial and try now!

Note: Remember that using the pen drive after a data loss will remove permanently, in which case recovery is not possible. So, it is recommended that you don't use the pen drive until you are ready to recover data.

Troubleshooting steps to assess the problem

Case 1: When there is an issue with USB connection

When you cannot read data from the pen drive, you are likely to assume the worst. But before you assume that the pen drive is damaged and you've lost data permanently, it is wise to find out what is really causing the error. It can be due to a faulty USB port or a bad connection between the USB and computer.

To find out what is going on, your best option is to connect the pen drive using a different USB port. You can try all the available USB ports on your PC. If that doesn't help, connect the pen drive to another computer and check.

If you think the issue is due to a poor connection, very gently move the pen drive back and forth (while connected to PC) to see if connects properly. Make sure you do this very gently to avoid any damage to the drive.

At this point, if you find that a connection is established and you can read data on it, transfer the data immediately. Transfer it to a safe place first and then proceed to repairing the pen drive.

Case 2: When the issue is due to logical errors..

Like discussed above, the logical errors are caused due to unsafe removal of pen drive or if the pen drive is removed in the middle of a data transfer. In such cases, you can run the error checking tool available in Windows.

To run the tool, connect the pen drive to your PC and follow the simple steps below.

error checking tool

The tool will perform a complete scan and repair any errors found. Alternatively, you can also run CHKDSK from the command prompt,

check disk

Allow CHKDSK to complete scanning the drive. Once complete, all the errors in the drive will be repaired. In some cases, CHKDSK also recovers files during the process. These recovered files can be found in a folder called FOUND.000 created on the pen drive.

But CHKDSK may not always be able to recover complete files, in most cases they are just fragments. Hence, you will need a specialized data recovery software like SFWare that recovers files in complete original form.

Pen drive data recovery using SFWare

SFWare specializes in pen drive data recovery of all brands like SanDisk, Samsung, HP, Kingston, Toshiba etc. Built with powerful recovery algorithms, it recovers data from pen drives irrespective of the reason for data loss. All you have to do is download the software, scan the drive and restore data.

It not only recovers deleted files or files lost during data transfer processes, but also works in complex scenarios. For instance, it can be used to recover files from a formatted USB.

All types of files like Word and Excel files, PDF's, Zip files, images, Photoshop files, videos etc. can be recovered using this fantastic data recovery tool.

Steps to recover data from pen drive

If you want to recover deleted files or lost files, then use the basic edition of SFWare. On the other hand, if you want to recover files from formatted pen drives, you will need the Pro version of SFWare.

1. Download and install SFWare USB data recovery software on your computer. Then launch the software to open the main screen

2. Select Recover Formatted/Corrupted from the main screen

3. Next, choose the USB drive to recover files and click Next

4. Then, select a partition to recover and after the scanning completes, SFWare scans the partition and provides a list of all the found files

5. From the list, select the required ones and save them in a desired location

Main Screen - Fig 1
Select Physical Drive - Fig 2
Recovery Scanning - Fig 3
Preview Recovered Files - Fig 4

Case 3: When there are physical errors...

If the pen drive is physically damaged, it is recommended that you send it to a physical data recovery center. Please do not try to open the pen drive or touch any internal components if you are not a professional. This may result in accumulation of dust, cause further problems and make recovery difficult.

Protect your pen drives and have a backup plan

Although pen drives are designed to be pretty resilient, they are subject to data loss due to various physical or logical reasons. By following some simple precautions, you can avoid this in many cases and protect your data.