How to Recover Data from a Jump Drive?

If you frequently use a  jump drive to store and transfer data then it might happen to you that when you plug in the USB drive, all the files and folders are gone and just the shortcuts with same file name will be displayed . Then, when you click on those shortcuts, you will not be able to open it. Thus you realize that your files and folders are converted to shortcuts and you have lost all your crucial data.

Some other times when you connect your jump drive to your Windows system, as soon as you connect it you will get an error message that states:“The disk is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?” and “File or directory is corrupted and unreadable”. Thus you may end up formatting the available data on a USB drive.

These are just some instances of data loss, now let’s see some more: Accidental deletion of a data from a jump drive, virus and other dangerous threats affecting data without your notice, abruptly shutting down the system when pen drive is in use, due to power failure the available data may become inaccessible etc.

We have heard such similar issues from many jump drive users, so this article might be worth sharing with everyone who wants to know about data recovery from jump drive. Before moving forward with restoration methods it’s always better to try extracting data with available options in Windows. So, check the Recycle Bin and File Explorer. If you have maintained a backup of jump drive then you can recover your files from it, if not then read further to explore a few handy solutions.

Solution 1: With the use of Command Prompt

In your Windows system, if you find out that your data is lost or deleted, then you can make use of this option. Open the Command Prompt and run the DOS command ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D F:\*.* (Here we are assuming that F: is the jump drive name, replace it with the correct alphabet of your drive name).Once you have executed the above command you are done. Now it’s time to check for your data in the jump drive. If you could find your data in it then well and good, if not then it’s suggested to follow the next method.

Solution 2: Using a restoration utility

A professional recovery tool known as File Recovery can be used to restore your lost or deleted files .This software’s algorithm is configured in such a way that it scans each division of your jump drive and locates an inaccessible file. Hence this tool appears to be exceptionally good for such restoration task. Another striking feature of this application is that it provides straightforward GUI which can be used even by a non-tech addict. Further, it supports major file types such as DOC, XLS, PPT, JPG, PIC, MPG, ZIP, RAR, SWF and many more.

Supported OS

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Server 2003 and 2008

How to utilize this software?

 Follow the steps given below to operate this utility:

Step 1: Firstly, download and install this tool on your Windows system

Step 2: Next, insert the jump drive from which data is lost/deleted

Step 3: Then, place your mouse pointer over tool’s icon and launch it

Step 4: Next, two options will be displayed Lost File Recovery and Deleted File Recovery. Select any one suitable option and proceed further.

Step 5: During the recovery process, you can use the two features; Open Recovery Session to open previously saved session and Save Recovery Session to save the current session

Step 6: Now, click on name of your jump drive

Step 7: Then, recovered file can be seen either in Data View or File Type View formats

Step 8: Finally preview restored file and store them on preferred location

Are you stuck using this tool, or having queries about the product? Feel free to contact the customer care representatives anytime.

 Tips to avoid data loss

It’s always advised to keep a backup of pivotal data. If you haven’t, then it’s better to make this as a habit .It would not help you this time, but next time possibly it will help you to get back your lost/deleted files.