Pen drives are very popular because of their high memory capacity relative to their size. A few years ago, people were happy to carry around a small pen drive with a capacity of 254MB, but now you can go to the local electronics store and find some that can hold up to 16 or even 32GB! Imagine, all of that information in a piece of hardware that is roughly the size of your thumb (which, incidentally is why pen drives are also called “thumb drives”).
The Handier They Are, The Bigger the Security Risk
As pen drives become better and better, however, and people commit more and more files to storage in such devices, the risk of losing important data looms ever larger (pretty soon we may even have to start installing tracking systems on those little things). Files can be lost due to a number of reasons: they can be corrupted, accidentally deleted, or become inaccessible due to hardware failure. If you’ve fallen victim to any of these, and you need to know how to recover deleted files from your pen drive, then read on.
If you’re experiencing file loss due to hardware failure, then you’re really only looking at two options: giving up and counting your files as good as gone, or trying to have your hardware fixed while simultaneously having your files recovered.
But if the problem is not hardware, but file loss due to corruption or accidental deletion, then you can either look to professional data recovery services to do the job for you in exchange for a hefty fee, or you can choose the more affordable, also reliable path of using data recovery software.
Why Can You Even Recover Lost Memory?
What you need to know regarding recovering deleted files from your pen drive is that when you choose to delete data from your pen drive, the information is not automatically erased. Rather, the space that it is occupying is considered available for other uses. What this means, practically, is that with some technical power you can still locate a deleted file as long as it has not yet been overwritten. So there are basically two things you have to do once you’ve realized the sticky situation you’re in:
First, you have to stop using your thumb drive immediately! Keep it dormant to eliminate the risk of any of your important files being overwritten. This is especially important if you have little empty space left on your drive, since this increases the chances of irretrievable loss of data due to continued use of your pen drive.
Second, find a good data recovery program. There are free wares that are considered reliable, and if you really don’t want to spend money, then this may be an option for you. But if you’re serious about getting your files back unscathed, then canvass for the higher-level software that will cost you a little, but will do the job much better. You need to follow these very easy steps to get your files back:
1. Scan your pen drive with the data recovery software.
2. The software will show you a list of files you’ve deleted before.
3. Select all the files or specific files you want to recover and start the recovery process. That’s it.