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Kingston USB flash drive issue

by Colby353 / May 22, 2014 11:40 AM PDT

Last night, my Kingston USB flash drive was displayed as RAW format in my computer. All the held videos, files and music became inaccessible. The computer also asked me to format it before using. But, I cannot loose these videos and other stuffs. Some of them are needed in the next Monday. Do you have nay idea for me to rescue these tuffs back for me? What should I do?

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Try the top post in this forum.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 22, 2014 11:41 AM PDT

If they fail, pay recovery service is listed there.

Just curious. My last 32GB stick was 20ish dollars. Since recovery is many hundred, where's the backup copy?

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Now you know...
by Willy / May 23, 2014 1:38 AM PDT

You don't rely on a flash drive as being the only source of your files. If anything the work files or storage should be done on the PC and any DVDs when the time is possible.

If you check the sticky here on the forum, you'll find the usual s/w or attempts possible to try. In most cases because it a flash drive, you limited options. I ussgest you look at Recuva or possibilty any from this link:

Remember some maybe trial ware, that allows to see what can be done, but does follow through w/o paying for it. Some are free but not always understandable, so learn as you go. the more attempts to recover any data may actually seal it fate as you reduce the recovery of anything.

Of course, if it that important then some recovery service is available for some fee(large) and allow them to actually do all this. The chances are keen they can.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Probably won't work but
by James Denison / May 23, 2014 1:56 AM PDT

pop in a Linux LIVE DVD from some distro (mint, ubuntu, kubuntu, etc) and see if it's file manager can see the files on the flashdrive. Clk on the "HOME" icon to open the file manager. You can also use the GParted program to see how the drive is really setup and partitioned. It also has a "check and repair file system" capability, at least the version 0.16.1 on my Mint 16 Linux. That works pretty well for setting a partition back up without killing the data at the same time. If it would need to kill the data, you will be warned first.

Where did you buy the flashdrive? Off Ebay? How large is it and how much did you attempt to store on it? There are a lot of fake flashdrive sizes on Ebay and what you described is exactly what happens when the drive has been reset to claim it's larger than it really is. It hits the end unexpectedly and then can't be accessed. Did you have this drive as FAT32 file system, or had you changed it to NTFS?

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