3 Ways to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Flash Drive without Software

Last updated on July 13, 2020

How do I recover permanently deleted data from usb flash drive without software when deleted files did not go to the recycle bin in Windows 10/8/7?

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If you insist on recovery flash drive permanently deleted files without software, you may follow this article since it would provides some efficient ways for you to restore permanently deleted files from usb without software.

Where Do Deleted Files Go from USB Drive without Recycle Bin

When you clicked delete, or when you used shift+delete to delete your flash drive files, they would disappear from your usb drive, the deleted files did not go to the recycle bin since flash drive does not provide a recycle bin, neither did the deleted files go to the computer recycle bin.

deleted files did not go to the recycle binFlash drive deleted files did not go to the recycle bin

Don't worry, when files deleted from usb did not go to the recycle bin, there is still hope and chance to retrieve deleted files.

NEVER DO THE FOLLOWING

There are some urgent tips for keeping your flash drive safe one you have removed files, folders from the usb and the files never went to the recycle bin.

  • Stop using your flash drive, disconnect it from your media
  • Do not save new data to the flash drive since it could overwrite the permanently deleted files/folders

Part 1 - Recovering permanently deleted files from pen drive without software

The KEY - attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.*

  • Insert your pen drive to a computer
  • Open cmd
  • Type F: (Replace f with your own drive letter of your pen drive)
  • Type attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.*, press Enter.

cmd pen drive recoveryRecover permanently deleted files from flash drive without software

Video - How to retrieve permanently deleted files from flash drive using cmd

Way 2: attrib -r -a -s -h /s /d

  • Open cmd
  • Connect your flash drive to computer
  • Type 'f' when f is your flash drive letter that you need to replace it with your own drive letter that your flash drive appears in your computer
  • Type ' attrib -r -a -s -h /s /d'

Video - how to recover deleted files from flash drive using attrib

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Part 3 - Recover Permanently Deleted Files from USB with Previous Versions

The previous versions provided by Windows is an efficient way of recovering deleted files from flash drive, it could be easily operated without software.

Firstly, connect your flash drive to a computer

pen drive recoveryConnect usb drive to a computer

Secondly, open 'This PC', right click your flash drive -> Properties

Thirdly, check whether previous versions is available for your flash drive

pen drive recoveryPrevious Versions to recover permanently deleted files folder from usb

What if there is no previous versions available?

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