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How To Recover Deleted Files From Flash Drive Without Software?

Are you wondering any way out to recover deleted files from your flash drive? At times, we often left with no solutions other than to recover the files which have deleted knowingly or unknowingly.

There is no way to undo or to restore the deleted files and folders from the flash drive, other than recovering it. There is a lot of software available to recover your files from flash drive, and most of them will charge you for its usage.

So, if you do want to recover deleted files from your flash drive without software, follow this post till the end.

Deleting the files from your External Hard Disk, USB flash drive, SD card, pen drive, can happen accidentally at any time. But getting the deleted files from them is tough since they are not stored on the system hard drive memory.

Better be sure before deleting such files, because it’s always better to avoid such risk and be careful of data loss.

You are also prone to lose your data due to other reasons too like, any other program deletes your file, removing flash drive before finishing file transfer, fragmented partition structure on the flash drive, various virus attacks and file corruptions.

Most of might have thought the recovery process is bound to third-party software that can get your lost files retrieved with just a click.

Here, we’re discussing an alternative way to do the recovery process without the help of any applications. Let us know check out how to recover deleted files from your flash drive without any software.

How To Restore Lost Files From A Flash Drive Without Software In Windows 10/8/7/XP?


In the Windows OS, there is a lot of recovery software available to recover from the flash drives and other devices. But there are also cheap and effective methods to recover them by using windows tools.

How To Recover Deleted Files From A Flash Drive Using CMD?

Make sure that you are using a Windows PC or laptop. This method using command prompt doesn’t promise you to deliver all your deleted files performing the recovery tasks.

Step 1: First make sure you connect your external device or flash drive into your PC successfully.

Step 2: Open CMD, by pressing Win+R, type cmd in the text field of RUN and click OK. You can also find command prompt from the Start Menu.

Step 3: Now you need to type the following command in the CMD window,

attrib -h -r -s /s /d h:*.*

Where “h” is the alphabet of your external storage device or flash drive. Replace h with an alphabet that refers to a flash drive of which you need to recover the data.

Step 4: Now, wait until the process to complete and close the window of cmd. Finally, you can check the recovered files in the flash drive stored in a new folder.

How To Restore Your Files Or Folders To Its Previous Version?

Sometimes, you might have replaced over the existing files and folders with files and folders of the same name which had irregular contents which you don’t want anymore.

If you want to restore the old files and folders to retrieve your previous data back, then follow the given instructions below.

Step 1: Go to the folder which you want to restore. Now, right-click on the folder icon and select Restore Previous Versions.

Step 2: The properties pop-up window will appear, with “Previous Versions” the tab selected. It will show you the list of previous versions available to restore.

Step 3: From the list of various older versions available to restore, select the version of your choice according to the Name and Date Modified.

Step 4: Click on the version that you want to view the changes. If you want to restore that, then click on the restore button. It’ll restore your previous files and folders from the specific date or restore point.

If you are unable to find restore points then don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Just follow the given steps below and make your restore points to save your data.

How To Set File History Or Restore Points For Your Files And Folders In Windows?

If you don’t see “Restore Previous Versions” by right-clicking, go to Control Panel to turn on the System Protection:

Step 1: Go to Control Panel, Click on System & Security, then click System and open the System Protection window.

Step 2: It will show you the drives available with its protection status. Now, Select the drive of your choice and click the Configure button.

Step 3: Now you can enable the Restore system settings and previous versions of files, by enabling the system protection, and click OK.

You can also control the disk storage usage and remove the previously stored disk space and delete restore points.

This method is applicable for various Windows versions to restore the files from your flash drive. The previous versions of these files appear from file history or restore points.

Wrapping Up

These are the simple methods which are helpful to retain the files and folders which you are prone to lose due to your errors and other issues.

You can also use other applications which are available in the market to recover and restore your files, but they come at a price. So, this guide can help you out to get your data restored with zero expense.

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