How To Recover Deleted Files from SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

By | November 7, 2017

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Summary: Lost or accidentally deleted files on iXpand flash drive? This article will give you the step-by-step guide on how to recover deleted files from SanDisk iXpand flash drive efficiently with the help of suitable iXpand flash drive data recovery tool.

Photo Recovery software is one of the perfect and most appropriate iXpand flash drive recovery tool. With the help of this tool, you can:

  • Recover deleted, lost, missing digital media files like photos, videos and audio from SanDisk iXpand flash drive.
  • Restore media files from formatted, unrecognized, virus infected, corrupted, dead, damaged and locked iXpand flash drive.
  • Also retrieve deleted multimedia files from other USB flash drives, memory cards, hard disks, digital cameras and other media storage devices.

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SanDisk iXpand flash drive is specifically made for iPhone and iPad. It helps you to easily transfer photos and videos between your iPhone, iPad, Mac and PCs. It helps you to free up iPhone and iPad internal memory and instantly expand the storage upto 128GB.

Benefits of SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

  • It is compatible with different OS such as iOS devices like iPhone and iPad, Windows and Mac Computers.
  • You can use iXpand flash drive to sync and backup important data of your iPhone or iPad.
  • Free up iPhone/iPad memory and you can use iXpand flash drive as external storage.
  • High speed transfer rate that allow you to transfer files very quickly between iPhone & iPad.
  • Lightning and USB connectors make it very comfortable for moving pictures and videos between iOS devices.
  • Backup photos and videos automatically.
  • Play music and videos directly from the drive
  • Password protects your important and precious files.

Though SanDisk iXpand has so many advantages, but still there is a drawback and that is data loss issue.

For example let us take real user scenario:

Ixpand not detected

I bought a 32GB Ixpand (the smaller thin one) and it initially worked on my iphone 6s and my wife’s.  We put hundreds of important  pictures on it and then used the app to delete those pictures off the iphones.  A few weeks later (and still today) everytime I try to plug it into the iphone 6s it gives a message “Ixpand would like to communicate with the sandisk ixpand flash drive” so I select “Allow”,  and then the app opens up and gives an error message “Failed to connect to ixpand drive.  Please remove and reattach.”  I do that, remove and reattach but nothing is ever detected.

It also does not show up on my macbook or other PC’s that I’ve tried.  So now I have hundreds of important photos that have been deleted off our iphones and I am not able to access them on the flash drive.  HELP!

                                                               – Original Post From SanDisk Forums

Beside above example other causes for the loss or deletion of files from SanDisk flash drive are mentioned below.

Common Causes for the Loss or Deletion of Files on iXpand Flash Drive

  • Formatting iXpand flash drive.
  • Accidental deletion.
  • Virus attack.
  • Forgot password of flash drive.

However, you don’t have to worry about the data loss on iXpand flash drive. Fortunately, there are iXpand troubleshooting is available through which you can easily get back lost or deleted iXpand flash drive data.

Additional Reading: Complete Steps To Fix ‘USB Drive Detected But Not Accessible’ Issue

Below, you can find out those SanDisk iXpand flash drive data recovery solution.

Recover Data From iXpand Flash Drive Without Formatting

In case, if your flash drive does not get detected from your PC or if it display any error messages such as iXpand unsupported format error or iXpand not working, then you can apply CMD command to fix and recover data from SanDisk iXpand flash drive without formatting.

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive File Recovery from Backup

If you have already backed up files from iPhone, iPad to SanDisk iXpand flash drive and accidentally deleted files on iPhone or iPad, then you can easily get back your files from the backup that you have already taken on the iXpand flash drive.

If you have backup files from iPhone or iPad to flash drive, but accidentally formatted the drive, then you can go back to iPhone or iPad, connect iXpand flash drive to it and transfer all files from it to your flash drive again. You can also set-up to sync data to SanDisk iXpand flash drive automatically on your iPhone or iPad after connecting the flash drive.

Additional Reading: Learn To Fix/Remove “Read Only” Error of USB, SD Card & Hard Drive

SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Data Recovery Without Backup

If you have accidentally deleted important files on your SanDisk iXpand flash drive and also deleted the files on your iPhone or iPad and do not have any backup, then you can try Photo Recovery software – the most suitable and recommended SanDisk iXpand data recovery tool. It will help you to retrieve lost, deleted, erased or missing digital media files such as photos, videos and audio files from SanDisk iXpand flash drive.

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Whether you have permanently deleted the data, formatted the flash drive, got infected with virus and files got corrupted, locked the flash drive and forgot the password or iXpand flash drive is not recognized – in all such cases this data recovery software for SanDisk iXpand flash drive restore all the multimedia files effectively.

Note: Stop using the SanDisk iXpand USB flash drive as and when you delete or lose data on it. If you add any new data on it, then deleted files will get overwritten and you will lose the chance for recovering files.

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Steps To Recover Lost/Deleted Files From SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive

Step 1 – Install "Photo Recovery" software and launch it on your computer. Click on "Recover Photo, Audio & Video" tab to recover photos, videos and audio files from any SD card, external USB drive or computer hard drive. Connect the media to your computer and then perform the process.

Stellar Photo Recovery Screenshot 1

Step 2 – Select the drive from which you want to recover files. All the hard drive and external media will be shown in the list. Now select the desired drive to scan and then click on "Scan" button.

Stellar Photo Recovery Screenshot 2

Step 3 – Once you click on "Scan" button the software will show that scanning is in progress. The software will search for all multimedia files from your selected drive or attached media.

Stellar Photo Recovery Screenshot 3

Step 4 – After scanning, all the files that are found in the selected volume, hard disk or other storage media devices are listed. You can now select the files to preview them and then you can click on "Recover" button to finally save them on your computer.

Stellar Photo Recovery Screenshot 4

Bonus Tips: Backup and Restore Files Using the app iXpand Flash Drive

The Backup and Restore option from the Home Screen help you to perform various tasks. Simply click on the “Backup & Restore” option from the Home screen. You will see the screen with the following option as shown in the image below:

These options help you to perform:

  1. Back Up & Restore Photo Library to the iXpand Flash Drive
  2. Back Up & Restore photos from Social Media accounts to the iXpand Flash Drive
  3. Back Up & Restore Contacts to the iXpand Flash Drive

Bonus Tips Source: SanDisk® Global Customer Care


So, from the above solutions mentioned in the post have helped you to recover lost or deleted files from the iXpand SanDisk flash drive. Among them the most satisfied and recommended solution is to use Photo recovery software.

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