It's also easy to lose the USB drive accidentally in that people may store it in the pocket or wallet. Moreover, sometimes you may lose the data if your USB drive is intruded by virus. Thus, it's important to protect USB drive by having it backed up and encrypted.
Tip 1. Back up USB Flash Disk
You can back up the files directly to your computer by inserting the USB to the PC and copy the data to a new folder. Although this method is really easy, you can't back up some data that is deleted or lost incidentally. It's also hard to find the items if you haven't sorted them out.
Thus, it's optionally that you can use FonePaw Data Recovery to back up the materials, which enables to you check the files in various catalogs and back up both existed or lost files.
Step 1 Download to install and launch the FonePaw Data Recovery on the PC.
Step 2 Connect your USB flash disk to the computer.
Step 3 Find your USB drive under the Removable Drives and click Scan.
Step 4 Choose Deep Scan to search for both the existed and the deleted files. You can opt for showing either existed or deleted ones only. Deleted items are tagged with orange names and a red trash icon. Then, check the files you need.
Step 5 Click Recover to copy the files to your PC. This way is also a good method for backing up USB data.
Tip 2: Step on Step to Encrypt USB
There are third-party encryption tools on the market. However, for 99% of Windows users, the built-in encryption tool is perfectly adequate, which is called BitLocker. It works on all sorts of drives, not just removable USB drives.
- Insert the USB drive to your PC.
- Go to This PC in Windows Explorer and right-click on the USB drive. If you can't find, you can search "BitLocker" in Control Panel.
- Choose Turn on BitLocker> Use a password to unlock the drive.
- Enter the password twice and click Next.
- Select Encrypt entire drive and click Next to choose Compatible mode.
- Start encrypting.
The explorer icon for the USB drive will now change to include a padlock. When you want to access the drive, double-click it and you will be prompted for a password. Write down your password to avoid forgetting it if necessary.
For Mac users, you can right click the USB drive and select Encrypt. Then, enter and confirm the password. This password can't be changed. Thus, pay high attention to remembering your password.