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Recover File From External USB Drive

  • Regain accidentally deleted files from external USB drives such as pen drive, external hard drive & SSD.
  • Recovers files from USB drive after Shift + Delete, deletion from Recycle Bin, de-fragmentation etc.
  • Ideal tool to get deleted files back from external USB drives on Windows 8, Windows 7, Win XP, etc.
  • Most efficient utility to recover deleted files from FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 drives


How to Recover Deleted Files from External USB Drives

While trying to reorganize the data stored on my external USB hard drive, I accidentally deleted some files. I tried to restore the deleted files from Recycle Bin, but I could not find these files in the Recycle Bin. These files are important to me and losing this can have serious implications. Is it possible to get back deleted files from my external USB drive?

Don’t panic, you can get back files deleted from external USB drives using Undelete. Undelete is the best-in-class data recovery software to undelete any deleted data. This software can recover

  • Accidentally deleted files
  • Files from accidentally deleted partitions
  • Files deleted due to accidental formatting
  • Files deleted using Shift+Delete keys
  • Files deleted using DOS command
  • File deleted surpassing Recycle Bin
  • Files deleted from FAT/NTFS partitions
  • Deleted files from hard drives, memory cards, IDE/SATA, and other external storage devices.

When you delete a file from an external USB hard drive or pen drive (thumb drive, memory stick), the file gets deleted surpassing the Recycle Bin. Therefore, you cannot find files deleted from USB drive, in the Recycle Bin.

When you delete a file, it does not get completely erased. Only the pointers to this file get erased and the system marks the space as available for storing new data. Without the pointers, the file remains inaccessible in the system till it is over written by new data. Using the system for further read/write operations can lead to permanent loss of data. Hence, as soon as you notice data loss, or if you have accidentally deleted data, stop using the computer immediately. By following certain precautionary measures it is possible to avoid file loss. If you keep a copy of all your external USB drive files then you will remain unaffected if the files get deleted due to one or the other reason. Install and run a powerful antivirus software in order to save the crucial files from getting deleted. For some more instructions you can go through

Follow the simple steps given below to recover deleted files from USB hard drive

This powerful, yet easy to use interface helps you recover deleted data without any hassles. By using this tool you can also rescue files deleted from memory card with ease.

To begin with, download Undelete to a healthy system installed either with Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 or Windows 2008.

Connect the external USB hard drive to the healthy drive as a secondary drive

Log on to the healthy system as Local System Administrator and install the software.

Note: The system should have 1 GB RAM (Recommended, 2 GB RAM) and 50 MB of free disk space for installing the software. 


Simple steps to recover deleted files from external USB drive using Deleted File Rescue Tool

Step 1: Connect the external USB drive to the PC on which Recover Deleted Files software has been installed. Launch the application, by double clicking the desktop shortcut or from Start Menu. The main screen of the software is displayed. From the main window click the "Recover Files" option, as shown in Figure 1.

Undelete Software screenshot

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: From the displayed options select the "Advanced File Recovery" option to recover deleted files from external USB drive. Once you select the "Advanced File Recovery" option, proceed to Step 3.

Step 3 : Now, the logical drives on the hard drive are displayed by the software. From the displayed logical drives select the external USB drive displayed as a logical drive from which deleted files need to be recovered, and click on "Next" as shown in Figure 2.

Recoverable deleted files tree view screen


Figure 2: Select External USB Drive

Step 4: You can use the additional search option that is provided, to recover deleted files from external USB drive based on their unique signature by selecting the appropriate file format, as shown in Figure 3. You can alternatively choose to skip this step and proceed with scanning process.

Show only found deleted files screen

Figure 3: Select File Type

Step 5: Once you click on "Next", the software starts scanning the external USB drive for deleted files, and displays the recovered files. The recovered files can be viewed using the "Data View" \ "File Type View" option as shown in Figure 4. You can also use the "Preview" option to preview the recovered files

Step 6: You can avoid re-scanning the entire USB once you purchase the full version of the software by making use of the "Save Recovery Session" option. On purchasing the full version of the software you can make use of the "Open Recovery Session" option to load previously scanned information and proceed with saving the recovered files.

Save Recovered Deleted files 

Figure 4: View Recovered Data

Note: Save the recovered data to a healthy drive. Never download or store new information to the drive from which you want to recover deleted data.