Four Effective Ways to Recover Deleted Files from USB

Posted by @Ivy

April 2, 2018

If you mistakenly delete files, you may wonder how to recover deleted files from USB. See below and you can get deleted files back with a few steps.

Is it possible to recover deleted files from USB?

"By mistake, I deleted a folder from USB flash drive and the folder contains a lot of Word and Excel files that I need. But I don't know how to recover deleted files from USB thumb drive. Is it possible to get deleted files back?”

When you deleted a file or folder, you just make the files invisible. The file is still left on your USB drive and marked as unimportant or available. Your device will get around to overwrite your files or folders when it needs more space.

Thus, if your files are not overwritten, you can recover the files deleted recently.

How to recover recently deleted files?

USB is a portable storage device, which can save your pictures, documents, Word and Excel files, etc. But the USB thumb drive may lose data owing to accidental deletion or formation, system failure and corruption, virus attack, raw file system, bad sector, etc.

If you are stuck on these problems, you can try the following effective ways. There is always one way for you.

Before you start an operation, you need to insert the USB flash drive into a port of your computer first. At the same time, you need to prevent deleted files from being overwritten and do not add any file to your USB flash drive.

Recover deleted files on USB using CMD

If you are familiar with command prompt, you can see below and learn how to recover deleted files from USB using CMD.

Step 1. Open CMD. You can press Win + R to summon the Run window, then type cmd.exe and click OK.

Step 2. Check if your drive has bad sectors. In the command prompt, type the following command and hit Enter.

chkdsk E: /f(E is the drive letter of your USB device)

Step 3. Type Y if the drive is in use and hit Enter key to proceed. If the CMD does not prompt, you can see Step 4.

Step 4. recover files from USB using CMD attrib. You can type the following command and press Enter to run it.

attrib –h –r –s/s /d E: *.*



-h command assigns the Hidden attribute to the selected files

-r refers to read-only attribute: files are readable and cannot be changed

-s assigns system attribute to the selected files

/s implies to search the specified path including subfolders

/d command includes process folders

After all operation finish, you will find all the recovered files saved on your USB drive with a newly created folder. By default, the files will be in .chk format. But you still can change the file format and save it at the preferred location.

Recover deleted files from USB stick via folder Properties

If your files or folders have different versions and you deleted one of the versions, you can Follow this way and learn how to get deleted files back.

Step 1. Right-click on the folder that contains the deleted files and select Properties from the context menu.

Step 2. Click the Previous Versions tab.

Step 3. Recover your files. You can select which version you want to restore from the displayed list and click Restore button.

Recover deleted files from USB drive by free file recovery software

Here, I will tell you a free USB file recovery software called Recuva which can recover pictures, music, documents, videos, email or any other file type.

Now, get started as the following steps.

Step 1. Download Recuva and open it.

Step 2. In the welcome screen, click Next.

Step 3. Select the file type you want to restore.

File Type

Step 4. Select the location you want to retrieve files from. For removable drives, you can choose the second option On my media card or iPod.

File Location

Step 5. Click Start to begin the search and wait for the result.

Start Search

Note: Deep Scan will take over an hour depending on the size of your drive. Thus, do not try to enable deep scan for the first time.

Step 6. Select the files you lost and click the Recover button.


Step 7. Select a path to save the recovered files and wait for the final result.

Sure-fire way to recover deleted files from USB flash drive

If you created a file backup in advance, you use free backup and restore software like AOMEI Backupper to restore files. If not, you can create a file backup for your USB storage device now. With it, you can restore your files at any time, especially when your files deleted.

AOMEI Backupper can restore files from all kinds of storage devices, including memory drive, SD card, external hard drive, SSD drive, etc.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Standard and open it.

Step 2. Click Restore and select a backup image from the list.


Step 3. Select a backup point if you create one or more incremental backup or differential backup.

Backup Point

Step 4. In the list tree, select the files or folders you want to restore and click Next.

Files Folders

Step 5. Select a destination path for your files. You can choose to restore to original location or a new location.


Step 6. Click Start Restore and wait for the final result.This software still can be used to recover files from a crashed hard drive, restore selective files, etc.

No one can promise that they will not mistakenly delete files in the future. You may think that you can recover files via various ways. But what if you cannot restore some of your files? You will lose it forever.

To avoid this situation, you'd better create a file backup in advance and save it to a safe place. Backup is one of the best ways to protect your files. And you can restore your files when needed.