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Flash drive not working

by paxxoman / May 29, 2013 8:40 PM PDT

please help. my sandisk flash drive isn't working and i don't know what happened.

ok so this is it i was typing a document yesterday and then i looked down and my flash drive had stopped lighting up. i don't understand what is going on. i tried it on other computer and my dad's laptop and it still won't work. it lights up for a bit and then fizzes out. i've put it at the back of the computer and still nothing works.

please help me! this usb has all my school work on it. i can't lose it. i was crying because i face losing all my data and i might never get it back ever.

system info:

HP Compaq dc5100 Mini Tower
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3
Intel Pentium 4HT (3.00 GHz)
Usb: SanDisk Cruzer 8GB (SDCZ36)

please tell me if i can do anything

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Re: flash drive not working
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 29, 2013 8:49 PM PDT

If it works on no PC at all, it's broken.

Then your choices are:
- accept the loss
- contact a data recovery company for a quote for recovery. That won't be free and it's possible they can't recover anything.

Some people learn about the necessity of making backups too late. It's a hard lesson then.
It seems you're one of them.


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No back-up???
by Willy / May 30, 2013 1:19 AM PDT

The flash drive probably died because of improper handling or ESD(static) damage. The fact you used this and no other source to store your precious data, you didn't have a back-up plan. Sorry, but there isn't much *YOU* can do now. A data recovery service is the best option if you have the $. Otherwise any attempt by using user recovery s/w freebie or trialware or buying s/w may work if possible if no physical damage of the flash drive. All attempts to user retrieve data may cause further problems.

In some case a small component has fallen off inside the USB case. What a recovery service does is remove the "memory" and then access data to retrieve. -OR- it fixes any easy h/w fault and retrieves. -OR- yet again uses any specialized apparatuses and does it in its proprietary means. Nowe, you know why its so expensive.

tada -----Willy Happy

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