USB or Universal Serial Bus Data storage devices are used by virtually everyone these days. They are also known by a variety of names such as a flash drive, pen drive, thumb drive, jump drive, memory sticks etc. They can naturally be plugged into a USB port on a computer and serve as an external hard disk or drive.
They pack lots of benefits and hence their popularity, for a start, their physical size is quite appealing. They are lightweight, easy to carry and can come in a variety of storage capacities; they are thus very portable. There is virtually a flash drive for everyone; both heavy and light users. Another key benefit is the cost. With a good USB costing anything between $10 and $15, they are quite affordable and can pack a lot of data, with some having a capacity of as much as 32 Gigabytes. This makes them a viable option for data backup. Flash disks also allow users to easily gain access to a variety of important applications in a flash such as an antivirus or a web browser as it is easy to install them on any computer that they use. It is also worth noting that some operating systems such as Windows 7 and Windows Vista can also use a flash drive to improve the performance of a computer by using a feature known as Readyboost.
There are several ways or scenarios that may lead to a user losing valuable data stored in their USBs. One of the most common causes is accidental or intentional deletion of a particular file from a USB drive and then being unable to trace it in the trash or recycle bin. Files may also get deleted or destroyed when someone forgets to unplug the flash after the computer has shut down. Malware and virus attacks can also render some files hidden or delete some. In some instances, there may be physical damage to the USB device which may also render the device unusable. Finally, it is also possible to lose data when transferring them from the drive to any other device.
Once you have lost your data in the USB or are unable to access it, you need not worry since that should not be the end of the world. There are several companies that specialize in USB data recovery and have special USB recovery tools which can be deployed so as to help you recover your lost data. When choosing a tool, get one that’s reliable, easy to use, competitively priced and has a fast recovery time turnaround.