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How to Recover Deleted or Lost Files from External Storage Devices

Will you feel well familiar with when you hear: Where are the songs stored in my MP4? Oh my god, my annual summary report which I just finish and have not backup is gone! Can my document deleted by my son get back to my PC? How to restore lost photos and video from the SD card of my Camon? Is it possible to recover my data files from a broken mobile HDD?...

Apparently, the situation of external storage devices data loss is very outstanding, it may due to the quality is uneven, accidental deleting, formatting, improper operation, virus infection, unexpected power off, reinstalled windows system or hard disk crash, whether artificial or non-artificial factors, data loss bring great influence to the user, because some of them may very important to us. Fortunately, it's never too late to recover deleted or lost data files from your external storage devices by using Data Recovery Master.

Data Recovery Master is a powerful and professional recovery tool which provides a quick, safe and complete recovery for lost documents, photos, videos, emails, audio files and so on from an external storage device like flash USB drive, mobile HDD, mobile phones, SD card, digital cameras, memory card, iPod, MP4/MP3 players and more. In addition, it’s 100% reliable, no prior recovery skills needed and without user data leak.

Next, please follow the tutorial below to recover your lost or deleted data files from your external storage devices with two mode:
Recover Data in Wizard Mode and Recover Data in Standard Mode, now, you can free download a trial version for your Windows PC or Mac here.

One Click Recover Deleted or Lost Data from Hard Drive

Recover Data in Wizard Mode

Step1. Choose the Wizard Mode recovery
After running the software, you are automatically guided to the Wizard Mode. Now you just need to answer two simple questions by clicking on "Next", then Data Recovery Master will do the rest for you.

Step2. Select the file type you want to recover
For the first question, there are many types of file in front of you, including graphic, audio, video, document and email. Here you can check the one that you want or "All files" to going to recover.

Step3. Tell where you lost your files
Next question is where you lost your files, there are six options you can choose here, such as the external removable devices, Recycle Bin, partitions or Desktop and My Documents. You can also search the specified location if you know exactly folder, or choose “I can’t remember” to search your whole computer.

Step4. Begin to search your lost files
Now you are allowed to click "Start" and begin to search your lost data. If you want to recover the formatted files, you can pitch on "Enable Deep Scan", while you want to get back the files lost long time ago due to various reasons, pitch on "Enable Raw File Recovery". Neither of them, just click "Start" to restore  the files you deleted recently.

Step5. Preview and recover your lost files
The scanning result such as archive, audio, database, document, email, graphic, video and so on would be displayed in file types if you chose "All files" in the previous step. You can preview them and recover selectively.

In addition, you can switch "File type" to "Path" check the previous files path.

Attention: Do not save files to the location where you lost your files. If you don't recover the files you are looking for, they will be overwritten by your new file saving.

Tips: You can "Pause" to recover the files you want first if they have been scanned out during the scanning process. Then "Continue" or "Stop" your scan. Besides, you can filter your lost files in the scanning result by search the filename or path. When stopping the scanning, you can save your scanning result, and import to recover data later without rescanning.


Recover Data in Standard Mode

Step1: Choose the Standard Mode recovery

When launching the recovery software, choose to go to "Standard Mode". There are four recovery ways including Lost File Recovery, Partition Recovery, Raw File Recovery and Resume Recovery you can choose here.

Step2: Select the recovery way

(1)  Lost File Recovery
Lost File Recovery can recover deleted files such as emptied from the Recycle Bin or deleted by Shift + Delete from both your computer and other removable media.

Click on “Start” to scan and recover your lost files after select the disk or a specific folder where you lost them. Go to step5 above.

(2)  Partition Recovery

Partition Recovery enable you to recover data under the situations of lost, deleted, resized or damaged partition.

Select the disk where you lost your partition, and click on "Next". Then click the “Start” button to recover what you choose after scanning the lost partitions.
Go to step5 above.

(3)  Raw File Recovery
If above way cannot find your lost files, you are suggested to use Raw File Recovery. However, this recovery process will take you lots of time and doesn't show you the file names and paths.

Select a partition to recover files from, and click on "Start".
Go to step5 above.

There are scan options, quick scan for deleted files or long-time scan for all file. You can check one of them before performing the scan.

(4)  Resume Recovery
Resume Recovery is only used for saved scan results. If you have a scan result, import the saved scan result to resume a previous recovery session for time saving.

Then it begins to continue scanning your lost files. When the scanning completes,
go to step5 above.


More about Data Recovery Master


Data Recovery Master is an all-in-one recovery tool that allows you to quick, complete recovery of over 500 file formats, not only from your computer’s hard drive, but also from USB drives, external hard drives, mobile phones, digital cameras, iPods, MP3/MP4 players, and other storage devices.

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