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How could I get back these newly saved files without formatt

by Meroy896rt / May 12, 2013 6:02 PM PDT

My flash drive says it is not recognized and needs to be formatted. But, yesterday, I had placed some important files that were not backed up on this drive. How could I get back these newly saved files without formatting?

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Recover your data back.
by Kris465 / May 13, 2013 4:10 PM PDT

The dread "drive not formatted" error message generally indicates hard disk problems. This can occur for many different reasons including a computer virus, hard drive problem, power surge, or problems with the operating system.
Therefore, it is important that you act carefully, if you want to get your data back safely.
1. Do not click "yes" to format the drive. The formatting process may increase the difficulty of successful data recovery.
2. Do not attempt to write anything new on this hard drive. The new data would easily rewrite your saved files and erase them forever.
3. Download data recovery software to help you. There are many data recovery tools out there. But, no all of them could be efficient and useful enough. You should pay much attention to opt for a proper one, such as some efficient hard drive data recovery freeware: iCare Data Recovery Free and Recuva, etc.
4. Run the selected hard drive recovery tool to retrieve your inner files and pictures.
Note: Actually, in your case, if you have backed up everything important on another drive before, you would not have so many troubles. Therefore, you should learn a lesson to so regular data backup.

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Thank you for your nice help.
by Meroy896rt / May 16, 2013 11:16 AM PDT

Thank you for your nice help. I have followed your steps and download your recommended data recovery freeware.
Both of them works well on my flash drive. But, the only the first one restores all my data important files back.
Thank you very much!!!!!!!!

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 12, 2013 7:03 PM PDT

Try the programs listed in the top post of http://forums.cnet.com/storage-forum/ like Recuva and ZAR. Success isn't guaranteed.

You should never put important files on only one device.

Kees

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