Reasons to restore partition on USB drive
USB flash drive, as the most common removable device, is widely used in computing and our daily life. Many files such as music, video, photos, business documents are transferred from computer to computer through USB stick. It is because of contacting with a variety of machines, the USB stick is more vulnerable to be damaged. Therefore, one may need to restore partition table on USB drive when it is lost or deleted by unfriendly intentions.
Apart from transferring files, USB flash drive can be used as bootable device just in case the computer fails to boot. When the drive is lost, it is hard to clone bootable USB drive to another place if need ever arises. What’s more, with the increasing capacity of USB hard drive, more and more users stores important personal or business data on the device. That’s to say, it is also treated as physical storage. For instance, copy operating system to USB flash drive as a system backup. If you delete its partition by mistake, you can get the backup image back by recovering lost USB hard drive partition. All contents on the volume will be recovered during that course.
How to restore partition on USB drive in Windows?
Once you find that the USB drive partition is lost or mistakenly deleted, do not write anything to that partition. Anything you input will overwrite the surviving data on sector and you won’t be able to recover them anymore. What you need to do next is finding effective USB partition recovery software.
The Partition Recovery Wizard in AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional will help you recovery deleted or lost partition on USB flash drive within several clicks. There are Fast Search and Full Search options provided for you. Fast Search will scan the first sector of each partition on the selected disk in order to find out the deleted or lost partition quickly. If you fails to find out partition with Fast Search, Full Search will do that more in-depth. This needs more time at the same time. It supports FAT32, FAT, NTFS, Linux file system based partition. Normally, it is FAT32 partition on USB drive. Download (Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista supported) the free trial and have a try.
How to recover lost partition on USB drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant?
Supposing that we have F drive on Disk 3 SanDisk flash drive and delete it accidentally, now let’s learn how to recover it.
Step1. Install and start this software. You’ll find that the USB drive shows as unallocated space in the main interface. Click “Partition Recovery Wizard” on the left side.
Step2. Select Disk 3 in the given list.
Step3. Choose a search method and it is recommended to select the first one. If it fails, choose the second one.
Step4. Select the partition you want to recover from following list box and click “Proceed” to start recovering.
Step5. The time this process takes depending on how much data is on the partition. You’ll see following window once it completes.
Step6. If it is recovered successfully, Windows will pops up a mini AutoPlay window and gives you option to view files. Then you can view them in Windows Explorer and take them to safe place.
If you cannot view files in Windows Explorer, give it a drive letter and try again.
You can double click the partition in Step4 to check files and confirm whether the partition is the one you want to recover. To do this, you can also directly click “Explore files in this selected partition” button after choosing the target partition.
You can select more than one partition by ticking in the box which lies in front of each partition information and recover them all in one time.
This feature could only support recovering lost/deleted partitions. If you want to recover files from formatted, corrupted partition, you need to use data backup software.
Restoring deleted partition on USB flash drive is not as complex as you think when you turn to the right partition recovery software. In addition, you can use this software to restore deleted partition on physical hard drive including the disk with OS partition on. If you have trouble in using files in partition, try Check Partition function of AOMEI Partition Assistant to see if there have bad sectors exist. What’s more, this software allows you to transfer OS from GPT disk to SSD without reinstalling when you plan to upgrade hard drive.