USB Drive Recovery

Lost your data on your USB drive? Don't panic. Try our easy recipe and get your files back.

Difficulty: Level 1 (easy-peasy)

Hands On Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 USB thumbdrive
  • 1 PC - laptop or desktop
  • ReclaiMe File Recovery software


  1. Connect the USB drive to a PC.
  1. Download, install, and launch ReclaiMe File Recovery.
  1. Select the USB drive and click Start.

    Typically, your device is listed under the USB devices section.

  1. Preview several recovered files preferably photos.
  1. Buy the license key and activate the software.
  1. Select the top-level folder and click Save. Point to some location on the PC, NOT on the USB drive you are recovering.

Expert tips

  • To recover data from a USB drive you can use any computer including a laptop because data recovery task in this case has modest system requirements.
  • In USB thumbdrive recoveries, you'd better wait till the end of the scan before estimating the recovery quality.
  • Fairly often you can see some recovered files in RAW folder to which ReclaiMe File Recovery puts files and fragments which cannot be placed to the original folder tree. Typically, most of the files in RAW folder are of low quality; however, you still look through it just in case something important is there.
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