Recovering Files from a Formatted Flash Drive

How to recover data after formatting USB flash drive? Simple, just launch Remo Recover software and select the formatted flash drive from which you need to recover data. The tool will scan the selected disk and restore complete data in a few minutes. Get the free demo version for your Windows or Mac now.


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External storage devices are secondary storage devices used to store a large amount of data at a comparatively lesser cost. These advantages make them extremely useful to store and transfer data. Among the many types of storage devices, external hard drives and USB flash drives are some of the most commonly used ones. But, like all electronic devices, USB flash drives experience corruption issues at some or the other point in their lives.

Usually, when flash drives get corrupted, data available on it cannot be accessed. In order to resolve corruption issues, users format the drive which can lead to data being completely erased. If the data on the USB flash is not backed up, then chances are that all your data will be lost. But worry not, because you have Remo Recover to your rescue.

It is a best in class data recovery tool that is recommended by industry experts worldwide. It functions in a unique read-only mechanism that won’t modify data during recovery. Its specialized scanning algorithms are designed to recover data along with original structure and folder hierarchy. So you don’t have to worry about the software causing harm to your original data.

About Remo Recover

Remo Recover can be used in a variety of situations like after formatting, after partitioning, or even from inaccessible and RAW drives. All brands of flash drives like Samsung, SanDisk, Cruzer, Kingston, Patriot etc are supported by the software. Click on the link for data recovery from iXpand flash drive not showing up on Windows.

If you are recovering data from a formatted drive, you will most likely have a large number of files in the recovered list. In order to make it easier for you to find required files, you can use the useful ‘Sort’ and ‘Find’ options that the software provides.

Use These Steps To Recover Formatted Flash Drive Data

Step 1: Download and install demo version of the software on your system. Launch the software to get home screen, and select ‘Recover Partitions’ option

Recover Formatted Flash Drive - Home Screen

Figure 1: Home Screen

Step 2: In the same screen, select the drive which represents the formatted flash drive and click Scan. The software scans the USB flash drive and displays the progress in the Scanning progress window.

Recovering Formatted Flash Drive - Scanning progress

Figure 2: Scanning progress

Step 3: Now all files found in the formatted drive will be listed. You can use the File Type View option to sort files based on file types and Data View to have files organized by original structure

Recovery of Formatted Flash Drive - File Type View

Figure 3: File Type View

Step 4: Then select the files that you want and save them to any desired location

How to Recover Formatted Flash Drive - Save Recovered Files

Figure 4: Save Recovered Files

Here are some other reasons for formatting a flash drive

  • Using the flash drive on multiple devices without preparing it first can lead to corruption and hence requires formatting.
  • You may accidentally choose the USB flash drive to format instead of the actual drive to be formatted. This is called unintentional formatting
  • If the flash drive is attached to virus infected Windows system for transfer files, the virus may get transferred to flash drive. Once the USB drive gets infected by virus, then files may go missing from it or you may not be able to access data from it. So, in such situations, you may need to format the drive.
  • When flash drive is connected to Windows system, you might come across format error message that reads ‘The drive needs to be formatted. Do you want to format it now?’ In this case, you will be left with no choice but to format the drive


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