pc_tech2008,

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Unfortunately, when a hard drive, flash memory drive, or any other type of storage drive goes bad, your best bet is to have backups for all such devices.. Eventually, all such drives will go south especially the cheap/free versions.. If the data on the drive is important, you can try some of the various Recovery options such as those at the link below:

Google Search for "Recover Data Flash Drive

The free program below might do the job for you.

http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/file_recovery/info.htm?language=1

Hope this helps.

Grif