How to recover data from USB/flash drives?

Updated on January 20, 2020

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Understanding causes of data loss and the need for USB data recovery

Although USB flash drives are very reliable and durable storage devices, they are not exempt from common problems such as data loss. As a matter of fact, data loss issues are extremely common and hence arises an important need to recover data from flash drives.

Here is a list of reasons why you may experience data loss on USB flash drives:

  • Accidental deletion of files
  • Files lost due to virus attacks
  • Files lost due to corruption
  • Accidental formatting of a USB flash drive, for example when the device asks 'Do you want to format the disk' and you click 'Yes'
  • Data loss due to bad sectors on flash drives

Regardless of how you lost data, Remo USB data recovery software can recover data from flash drives of any brand like SanDisk, Sony, Kingston, Samsung, Corsair, PNY etc. Check out Remo’s free trial offering today!

If you have experienced data loss from USB flash drives, follow the series of steps below to effectively deal with the situation and recover data from flash drives successfully.


It is recommended that you STOP using the USB drive on which data loss has occurred. Using the device further will overwrite data and drastically reduce the chances of a successful USB data recovery.


To start with, try to determine the cause of the data loss. Depending on the reason for your data loss, refer to the corresponding solution to recover data from flash drives.

Case 1: If you have deleted files on USB/flash drives

If you have accidentally deleted files on the USB/flash drives, Remo Recover is the way to go. It can recover deleted files from USB very efficiently. Whether it is a document, image or video, any type of file can be recovered by Remo.

‘Normal Scan’ to recover deleted files from USB’s, ‘Deep Scan’ to recover data from USB drives that are corrupt or formatted, Remo Recover has everything you need for a successful USB data recovery in every situation. Get the free trial version now!

Case 2: If data loss on USB is due to corruption or bad sectors, use CHKDSK

If data loss on your USB is due to corruption or bad sectors, run CHKDSK to recover files from USB. To run CHKDSK,

  • Connect the USB flash drive to your computer
  • Click 'Windows + R' keys and type 'cmd', hit Enter
  • In the command prompt, type 'CHKDSK X: /R', where ‘X:’ is the drive letter representing the USB drive

The recovered files from CHKDSK are saved in a folder called FOUND.000, created in the USB drive. These files can be recovered using UnCHK.

CHKDSK is not always successful and may not recover files completely. But Remo Recover can recover complete files in all cases of corruption. It is the best choice to fall back on as it is tailor made to recover data from corrupted USB/USB turned RAW/formatted. Download the Remo USB data recovery software and get back lost files from USB now!

Case 3: Use Remo for USB data recovery in every data loss situation

For a sure-fire way to recover data from flash drives under any data loss situation, opt for Remo Recover. It provides an all-in-one mechanism to recover deleted files from USB, to recover files lost due to virus attacks, to recover files lost due to corruption or bad sectors, to recover data from formatted USB’s and to recover data from RAW USB's.

The advantage of using Remo Recover is that it leaves no stone unturned while recovering files from USB flash drives. It can recover documents, PDF’s, notes, images, music, videos or really any type of file.

Remo Recover can also be used to recover files from Sony flash drives and other brands like SanDisk, Corsair, Samsung etc. It can also be used for SanDisk Extreme Pro recovery, SanDisk Extreme recovery, SanDisk Extreme Pro Deluxe recovery.

4 Simple Steps to Recover Data from USB/Flash Drives

Download and install Remo Recover on your computer. Next, connect the USB flash drive to your system from which you want to recover data. Run the software and when you see the main screen appear, select Recover Partitions and choose your USB drive to recover data. Click Scan for the software to begin scanning the drive. Next select the partition to recover and click Scan. The scanning time depends on the size of the USB drive and number of files to be recovered. After scanning, you can preview the recovered files from USB and save them.

Go through the quick demo that demonstrates how to recover data from a USB/flash drive

Compatibility of Remo Recover USB Flash Drive Recovery software

Windows OS versions: Supports Windows 10, Windows 8, 8.1, Windows 7, Windows XP and Vista

Mac OS versions: Supports Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard etc.

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