How to recover data from pen drives? A Complete Guide..

Updated on Oct 7, 2019

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Understanding causes of data loss and the need for USB flash drive 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 in USB's are extremely common and hence arises a need to recover data from USB 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

Regardless of how you lost data, Remo Recover can recover files from pen 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 USB flash drives.


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

Case 1: If data loss on USB is due to virus attacks

If the data loss is due to virus attacks or if you suspect that the files are hidden, then run the 'attrib' command. Refer the link to know how to run 'attrib' command and recover files from USB affected with virus.

‘Normal Scan’ to recover deleted files from pen drives, ‘Deep Scan’ to recover data from corrupt or formatted pen drives, Remo Recover has everything you need for a successful USB drive recovery in every situation. Get the software 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 works in all cases of corruption; it is the best choice to fall back on as it is tailor made to recover data from USB flash drives that are corrupted/turned RAW/formatted. Download the Remo USB Recovery software and get back your files from USB now!

Case 3: Use Remo Recover USB Recovery software for every data loss situation

For a sure-fire way to recover data from pen drives, opt for Remo Recover. It provides an all-in-one mechanism to recover deleted files from pen drives, to recover files lost due to virus attacks, to recover files lost due to corruption or bad sectors, to recover data from formatted USBs 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, PDFs, 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.

Steps to Recover Data from USB Flash Drives

Step 1: Download and install Remo Recover on your computer. Next, connect the USB flash drive to your system from which you want to recover data.

Step 2: Run the software and when you see the main screen, select Recover Partitions and choose your USB drive to recover data. Click Scan for the software to begin scanning the drive. Remo-recover-home-screen

Step 3: Next select the partition to recover and click Scan Remo-recover-home-screen

Step 4: The scanning time depends on the size of the USB drive and number of files to be recovered. After scanning files will be listed in File Type View and Data View. data-type-view-and-file-type-view

Step 5: Now you can preview and verify the recovered files. How to do Data Recovery from USB Drive

Step 6: Finally, click on the Save button to save recovered files

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 High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard etc.

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