Understanding USB Data Recovery

As I’m sure you know, USB storage devices offer an excellent way to carry and store data. You can use them to store text files, music, photos and all sorts of other data and you can use them with many different devices, such as other computers, digital cameras, etc. Whilst USB storage devices offer many benefits, they can often break, or the data saved on them can become corrupted due to different reasons such as:

  • Malicious software such as viruses
  • Software corruption
  • Hardware issues
  • Accidental deletion
Fortunately, such a scenario isn’t always a complete disaster. There are many different means of USB data recovery available which may just allow you to access data on a USB device after disaster has struck.

Understanding USB Data Recovery

Most USB data recovery software is easy to use and doesn’t cost a lot either. In fact there are several free versions available too. Such software works by scanning the entire directory and file structure of the device in question. Any files on there which can be recovered are then highlighted to you. You simply need to select the ones which you wish to recover and then let the software go to work. Voila! Your previously inaccessible files will now be available to you again, either on the original USB device or in an alternative location as defined by you.

If you try USB data recovery software but do not have any success then an alternative solution would be to employ a professional data recovery service. Pick a good company and you will get the benefits of their specialised knowledge, expertise and tools. Thats not to say success with such a service is always 100% but the chances of recovering your data will surely be much higher.

Of course it goes without saying that you do not want to be in this situation in the first place. You can take preventative measures to lessen the chances of losing your USB data in the first place.

The first thing you need to consider is that not all USB storage devices are equal – build quality can vary and so it really is a good idea to stick with quality brands.

Secondly, take some basic precautions – don’t expose your USB storage device to harsh conditions such as direct sunlight and liquids. That sounds like commonsense but you’d be surprised how many people ruin their devices by spilling water on them!

Lastly, you will want to avoid getting viruses on your computer as these will quickly find their way onto any USB devices you connect to your machine. Get yourself a good antivirus program, such as BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2012, and know that your chances of picking up malware are greatly diminished.

USB data recovery solutions are available but remember that prevention is always preferable to having to find a cure.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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