How to Recover Files from a USB Flash Drive

Follow the 3 steps below to recover all kinds of file types from a usb flash drive


Launch ONERECOVERY on your computer and choose the flash disc that the software has located

Scanning USB Drive

The flash drive recovery software will enable quick or deep scan mode to search for lost or deleted files


After the scanning, you can preview the recovered photos, videos, office files, etc. Then click the “Recover” button to recover all files

Know More about USB Flash Drive& Causes of File Corruption

Confused as to why your USB files keep getting corrupted? What types of USB drives can be recovered? ONERECOVERY is here to restore all files from flash drives with a simple click.

Causes of File Corruption

Supported USB Devices

Causes of File Corruption on USB/Pen Drives

There are many potential causes of file corruption in USB/pen drive storage devices. With ONERECOVERY, it can help to restore mass corrupted files through appropriate USB data reccovery methods.

Improper Removal of USB Drive

One of the most common causes of file corruption is removing the USB or pen drive without properly ejecting it from the computer. When files are being read from or written to the drive and it is abruptly disconnected, it can result in data loss or corruption.

Virus or Malware Attack

If your software is attacked by malware or viruses, your files may also be corrupted because these malicious programs can modify or delete files, leading to USB file corruption.

File System Errors

Drive corruption, unexpected system shutdowns, and faulty software are just a few of the causes of file system failures. There is a risk of file corruption if these errors occur in the file system.

Bad Sectors

USB or pen drives can develop bad sectors over time. Bad sectors are areas of the storage media that are damaged or unable to store data reliably. When files are stored in these bad sectors, they can become corrupted.

Power Loss

A sudden loss of power may prevent important data transfer processes from finishing correctly, thus your files in USB may get lost or corrupted. What’s worse is that stopping it from happening isn’t always an option.

Physical Damage

Physical damage such as a bent or broken connector can cause data corruption. Damaged components can interfere with the proper functioning of the drive and result in file corruption.

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Things You Should Know If You Lose Data

Your flash drive recovery success depends on a number of different factors. You should be aware of them and take particular procedures if you want to recover any lost information. One is to immediately stop using the flash drive after discovering the data loss. Second, refrain from formatting the drive, and third, avoid writing any new information to the device.

Professional USB Flash Drive Recovery Software in 3 Steps

With advanced scan and recovery algorithm, ONERECOVERY is designed to recover 1000+ file types from all USB flash drive brands and types in 500+ data loss scenarios.

Intuitive User Interface

With user-friendly design and easy-to-follow instructions, you can recover videos, documents, images, audio, archives and more from usb drives in 3 steps. No technical skill is needed. ONERECOVERY's comprehensive recovery methods and support for various file types and operating systems make data retrieval a breeze.

Multiple Scanning Options

Quick scan uses a fraction of system resources and can be done in minutes. You can perform a quick scanning on selected volume or removable media such as pen drive. If you don't find lost data with normal scanning, you can switch to deep scan mode. This technique thoroughly scans your entire drive to scour deeply buried files or data.

Instant File Preview

When you select the specific section of your USB and click the ‘Recover’ button, our program will start scanning and recovering. As soon as the progress is finished, ONERECOVERY will show you the recognized file for preview to avoid reinventing the wheel utmost!

Reviews and Users Comment

Eric Boyd

"As a freelance photographer, losing all my photos from a recent shoot was a nightmare. Thankfully, ONERECOVERY came to the rescue and recovered every single image! It not only retrieved the photos from my USB drive but also restored files from a corrupted memory card. I cannot emphasize enough how crucial ONERECOVERY was!"

David L. Campbell

"I accidentally deleted an entire folder of precious family photos from my USB drive, and I thought they were gone forever. But then I discovered ONERECOVERY, and it brought back all those cherished memories! This software is incredibly powerful and user-friendly. It helped me recover all my photos quickly and efficiently."

Julie Toms

"I was devastated when my external hard drive crashed, and I lost all my important work files. Thankfully, ONERECOVERY saves my day! It effortlessly recovered my lost partition and files, including crucial documents. This software is truly a game-changer, and I highly recommend it to anyone who needs reliable data recovery."

Cindy J. Moore

"I had a major panic attack when I emptied my recycle bin without realizing that it contained an important project I had been working on for weeks. That's when I turned to ONERECOVERY, and it performs so well! It successfully retrieved the deleted files from the recycle bin, including not only my project but also other valuable documents. Thanks!"

James K. Phillips

"I recently bought a new computer and accidentally deleted the wrong partition during the setup process. I was devastated at that moment. Thanks to ONERECOVERY, I was able to recover all my lost data effortlessly. "

George F. Ferguson

"ONERECOVERY deserves a standing ovation! I had a power outage while working on an important project, and when I restarted my computer, my hard drive was corrupted. I thought everything was lost until I used ONERECOVERY. It recovered all my files, ensuring I didn’t miss any critical data. I couldn’t have asked for a better solution. "

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a USB stick?

  • USB stick is also known as USB flash drive. According to Wikipedia, a USB flash drive (also called a thumb drive in the US, or a memory stick in the UK & Pen Drive in many countries) is a data storage device that includes flash memory with an integrated USB interface. It is typically removable, rewritable and much smaller than an optical disc. In simple terms, a USB stick is the device that helps to store and transport data.

How to fix USB flash drive not recognized in Windows?

  • In Windows, if a USB device is not recognised, restarting the computer and reconnecting it are the initial steps to solve this problem. Second, try connecting the USB drive to a different computer; if the issue reappears, it signifies the drive is defective and has to be fixed. Finally, if you have a lot of USB gadgets plugged into one computer, try unplugging some of them and seeing if it helps. Still having trouble? Try one of these solutions below to fix the problem.
  • 1. Check Your USB Ports
  • 2. Update your device drivers
  • 3. Change power management settings
  • 4. Updating Windows system
  • 5. Format your USB drive(If you’ve tried all the above and couldn’t fix the unrecognized problem. )

Can you recover files from a broken flash drive?

  • Usually, some flash drives like USB getting broken is because the file system is corrupted and turns to RAW. In this scenario, get ONERECOVERY, the industry-leading USB recovery software, and follow the 3 steps for fixing a broken USB drive.

USB 2.0 vs. 3.0: What’s the difference?

  • The USB port is used to create the interaction between a flash drive with your computer. To meet different needs, there are different types of USB flash drives based on the ports, respectively USB 2.0 flash drive, USB 3.0 flash drive, USB 3.1 flash drive, and 3.2 drive. The biggest difference between them is the price and speed. But the price varies due to the storage capacity, brands, and many other factors.
  • 1. USB 3.1 and 3.2 ports
  • The newest and quickest available on the USB flash drive market today, capable of write and read speeds of up to 1250 MB/sec and 2500 MB/sec, respectively.
  • 2. USB 3.0 flash drives
  • In the same conditions, a USB 3.0 flash drive is noticeably quicker than a USB 2.0 one. A USB 3.0 flash drive can process data at a rate of 625 MB per second. The USB 3.0 thumb drive is prefered by many people who use flash memory sticks because of how quickly it can store, retrieve, and transfer data.
  • 3. USB 2.0 flash drive
  • This is a typical USB flash drive. The transfer rate of the USB 2.0 interface can only reach up to 60 MB/sec. Many computers now use it as a standard.

What to do if your data get loss from USB drive?

  • When you data gets lost from USB or pen drive, you should stop saving anything to the USB drive with lost or deleted data. You also also discountinue using the drive immediately after data loss to prevent further damage. That's because the data is not immediately erased from the drive. Instead, the space it occupies is marked as available for new data to be written.

How to Recover Deleted Files from USB without Software?

  • If you are not ready to install a USB data recovery software, alternative methods can help you recover deleted files or data from flash drive without additional software. Windows has introduced Command Prompt or Restore Pervious Versions feature to help recover deleted data. You also can check for temporary copies and potentially retrieve deleted files.

Can I recover data from a physically damaged USB drive?

  • In case of slight physical damage to USB drive where internal components remain intact, it's possible to restore data using ONERECOVERY. If the flash drive has suffered severe physical damage that affects internal components, data recovery software may not be sufficient. It's advisable to consult a professional data recovery service if all methods failed.