Recover Data from USB Flash Drive on Mac OS X

Disk Drill restores deleted data on your USB flash drive in a few clicks, including your lost photos, documents and other file types. Disk Drill is truly an all-in-one app for flash drive recovery on Mac. Disk Drill will automatically apply the optimal pen drive recovery algorithm to recover your Mac data.
USB flash drives are a great way to transfer and store information, but what happens when files stored on them are lost or deleted by mistake? When you need flash drive data recovery software for Mac, Disk Drill is your best choice. Disk Drill will scan your USB flash drive (also called a pen drive) and find files that have been deleted. It can also help recover lost partitions.

Read on for a quick overview of the steps needed to recover files from a flash drive on Mac OS X. For detailed tutorials, see How to Install Disk Drill and How to Recover Lost Files with Disk Drill Basic in our Knowledgebase...

You can always contact us if you have any additional questions about Disk Drill and its data recovery features.

#1 Download and Install Disk Drill

The first step for pen drive recovery on your Mac is to download Disk Drill Basic. This app is completely free and will allow you to start the process of flash drive recovery on your Mac OS X. Simply download the installer and follow the instructions.
  • 1Download Disk Drill Basic
  • 2Install it
  • 3Launch the app

#2 Connect Your USB Drive

After Disk Drill is installed, plug your USB drive into your Mac. Don’t use a cable or USB hub – plug it into your computer directly. Even if you are having trouble with your drive, don’t despair – Disk Drill may be able to repair it and allow you to complete flash drive data recovery on your Mac.

#3 Scan Your Flash Drive

Your flash drive should show up in Disk Drill’s list of available drives. Select the entire drive, or just one partition, as needed. If your drive needs repair, the “Recover” button next to the drive will change to “Rebuild”. Click on it to proceed with recovering the drive’s partition headers or rebuilding partition catalogs. You can learn more about how Disk Drill repairs drives in our Scanning FAQs.

Scan Your Flash Drive

#4 Preview Found Files

The files that Disk Drill has recovered from the USB on your Mac will be displayed as a list. Some files may not have their original filenames. Sort the files by file type, size and date as needed.
You can preview the files by clicking on the “eye” icon next to the filename. Be sure to preview the entire file to make sure it is not corrupted.

Preview Found Files

Why even recover when you can protect!

Use awesome possibilities offered by Disk Drill to ensure the safety of your files. Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery options let you save your files before something is even merely happening. You'll never need to run Mac file recovery from a flash drive again! Recovery Vault creates a special map for Disk Drill to locate lost files and Guaranteed Recovery creates invisible file copies when files are moved to Trash. Such files will be recovered right away when needed.

#5 Complete Your USB Drive Recovery

If you have found files that you wish to recover, a quick upgrade to Disk Drill PRO will have you restoring the files in no time. With a little patience, your flash drive recovery for Mac will be complete.
So there you have it. Whenever you want to recover data from USB flash drive on Mac, think Disk Drill.

Complete Your USB Drive Recovery

The best flash drive data recovery software for Mac OS X

Even when you think the situation with the lost files is hopeless Disk Drill will still try to save the day. It offers Deep Scan that digs into core file structure and looks for file signatures that are still there somewhere and collects the pieces to restore the files. The more known file signatures are found the easier it gets to recover files of various types including XLS, DOC, AVI, MP4, JPG.

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