Recover Deleted Files From USB Drive Or External Hard Drive


Most Windows computer users employ their machine extensively for any number of purposes. It may be a work machine that is used primarily for business purposes.  Perhaps you use it as a nexus for your entertainment needs and its primary function is for playing games and watching downloaded content.

No matter what you use your computer for, over time you may need to extend the storage capacity of your machine through the use of an external storage – hard drive or USB drives. While the hard disk that came installed in your computer seemed to have plenty of space available when the machine was new, you can quickly exhaust the storage capacity of this disk. Your options then are limited to deleting files on your disk or extending its storage. Many users opt to use an external hard drive or USB drives to give them more space to use for their files and content.

In addition to being challenged by a dwindling amount of free storage, most of us will have to recover deleted files from a hard drive at some point in our computing careers.

This can be for a number of reasons including:

  • Accidentally deleting important files and then emptying the Recycle Bin.
  • Recovering files from a damaged hard drive.
  • Recovering files from a formatted hard drive in Windows 10.

In these cases and any other instance where you need to attempt recovery after a data loss incident, you will need to use software like Disk Drill to recover files from USB and external hard drives. Data recovery software can recover your files due to the way that Windows handles file deletion.

How to Recover Deleted Files from USB Drives or External Storage

When a file is deleted, it is not immediately removed from its storage device. Windows makes it logically unavailable to the operating system or applications and sends it to the Recycle Bin. Even after the Recycle Bin has been emptied, the file can still be physically present on the device. Using a quality file recovery application such as Disk Drill for Windows allows you to recover files which are no longer visible to your external hard drive.

Stop using the USB or external drive as soon as you determine that there are missing files. In order to recover files from a USB device or other external storage on your Windows computer, follow these simple steps.

  1. Download Disk Drill for Windows and install it on your machine.
  2. Connect the USB drive or other external storage device that contains the deleted files you wish to recover to your computer.
  3. Launch Disk Drill and select the storage device you want to recover from the list of disks displayed by the tool.
  4. Click the ‘Recover’ button to start Disk Drill’s scan of the storage device.
  5. The application will display a preview which lists the files that can be recovered. You can restore up to 500MB of data for free with Disk Drill for Windows. If you need to recover more data than that you need to upgrade to the Pro version.
  6. Click ‘Recover’ again after selecting the files to be restored and a new location on your computer where they will be stored.

Disk Drill’s advanced scanning algorithms will find any files that can be recovered from your USB or external drive. It is a great data recovery tool which can help you recover from a data loss scenario.

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