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How to Recover Lost Files from Water Damaged USB Flash Drive?

by Justin Kenny, 2016-02-10

“I made a big mistake. Yesterday, I accidently put my clothes into the washing machine without checking the pockets. I forget that My USB flash drive was in one of the pockets --- and it was fully watered and got wet. Although I blow-dried it with a hair drier at low temperature, the data on it was totally lost. When I connect the water damaged USB flash drive to my computer, I find it is empty. All files are gone. How can I get my files back?” – Austin

If you are facing the problem the same as Austin’s, what should you do? In this article, you will learn how to recover lost files from water damaged USB flash drive.

Solution1: Recover lost files from water damaged USB flash drive with data recovery software

The best method to recover data under any data loss situation is using data recovery software. A DIY data recovery software allows you to easily and quickly recover lost files by yourself. Compared with other methods, this method is more convenient, safer and cheaper. After you find the right data recovery software, you can try to easily recover lost files from water damaged USB flash drive. But not all the water damaged USB flash drives can be recovered by data recovery software. If your USB flash drive is completely damaged and can’t be recognized by the software, it can’t be recovered.

In most cases, the water damaged USB flash drive can be connected with the computer and can be recognized by data recovery software. Anyway, you can try data recovery software to help recover lost files from water damaged USB flash drive. DoYourData data recovery software is the reliable software that enables you to scan your water damaged USB flash drive to recover lost files. Follow the easy steps to get your files back after your USB flash drive is damaged by water.

Step 1: Download, install and run DoYourData on your computer

Step 2: Run DoYourData to scan your USB flash drive
Select the USB flash drive as the target drive to start scan. DoYourData offers two scan modes. If you don’t yet find the files you want after a quick scan, directly try deep scan mode to deeply scan your USB flash drive to find more lost files.

Recover Lost Files from Water Damaged USB Flash Drive

Step 3: Preview and recover files
Preview the found files and save them. Please don’t save them on the USB flash drive in case that the lost files will be overwritten by new data.

Recover Lost Files from Water Damaged USB Flash Drive

Solution2: Manual data recovery service

If your USB flash drive is completely physically damaged after water damage, data recovery software has nothing to do with effective data recovery. In this situation, you have to turn to data recovery service. You can send your USB flash drive to a data recovery service provider. The engineers will recover your files from water damaged USB flash drive manually. It is not the recommended method because it is expensive and your data will expose to the engineers. But it is the last chance to get your data back.