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How to Recover Data from a Flash Drive

Flash memory recovery is one of the biggest technical challenges a consumer or business can encounter. Even though a flash drive may appear simple, compact flash data recovery can actually be more difficult than recovering data from a damaged hard drive.

How to Recover Data from a Flash Drive

Flash data recovery can be more difficult than recovering a damaged hard drive.


How to Recover Data from a Flash Drive: Do’s and Don’ts

Although a hard drive's disks can store more data than the average flash drive, the fragility of most flash drives demands professional attention.

Step 1

Don’t bring it to your IT department unless required to do so.

If your flash drive is company property, you might be tempted to bring it to the IT department. Although many organizations have data backup plans in place, most of them do not have the capability to recover data that has been locked onto a damaged flash drive or hard drive. Plus, IT departments are not obligated to recover your data, nor are they liable in case of further damage.

Step 2

Don’t try to use USB or SSD data recovery tools.

Since flash drives are even more sensitive than full-sized hard drives, they can react poorly to free online software. Even high-capacity flash drives can be irrevocably damaged by these tools. When these programs operate on a damaged flash drive, they can easily overwrite existing data. Sometimes, they can corrupt the files that allow computers to read the flash drive.

Step 3

Don’t try to take it apart or manually connect it to a computer.

When the source of a flash drive's corruption seems to be the connection between the drive and the USB port, it is tempting to try to take it apart and bypass the connector with a separate USB cable. Unfortunately, this requires removing the outer casing, which can introduce dust and other pollution into the inner workings of the drive.

Step 4

Do protect the drive from further damage.

The best way to protect a damaged flash drive is to place it in an anti-static bag. Label the bag with something that will allow you to remember the contents of the drive. If you know them, it is also helpful to note the total memory capacity and used capacity. Keep the drive in a cool, dry place until you have the opportunity to get your data recovered.

Step 5

Do document the situation.

If a specific sequence of events seems to have led to the device's failure, document everything you remember. Has the flash drive been difficult for your computer to read? Have you seen error messages relating to the drive? Did anything unusual happen during its last use? Sometimes, a flash drive can fail as a result of viruses on a connected computer.

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