Yep, anything that is deleted off a flash drive just gets deleted without going to the recycle bin. However, there are free recovery tools you can download that may be able to recover it. Sorry, but I don't remember the name of the tool I used in the same circumstance.
Originally posted by CalibanYep, anything that is deleted off a flash drive just gets deleted without going to the recycle bin. However, there are free recovery tools you can download that may be able to recover it. Sorry, but I don't remember the name of the tool I used in the same circumstance.
Well, if you recall the name, please let me know. So far the only tool I've found (Data Doctor Recovery) allows you to see that your data exists, but doesn't allow you to recover it in the freeware version.
If you are just trying to get the photos back, I've had good luck with the free version of Zero Assumption Recovery (z-a-recovery.com) when I've accidentally deleted photos from both a Sony memory stick and from my flash drive. The only thing I've found it won't recover is video, but that sounds like it shouldn't be an issue.
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Thanks for all the help. The product that came up most often in Google searches was a freeware demo (USB drive Data Recovery 126.96.36.199). It appeared to work fine, except that it only shows you the files it has found, it doesn't let you recover them without paying for it. I understand they want to sell the product, but I wouldn't buy it without trying it first.
I finally found a freeware program called DataRecovery.exe (http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/dr.html). It worked fine, and quickly, recovering 12 of the 14 photos. I tried ZAR, but it "succeeded" in recovering files that were still resident on the drive, didn't recover the two files that datarecovery couldn't get, and was fairly slow.
It's not an OS limitation as far as I can tell, I have the buttons you're missing on my installs of Windows 7. They are all Windows 7 Ultimate version and I'm logged in as a Domain Admin on my home network.