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Topic # 95479 5-Jan-2012 15:55
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So my 8GB USB flash drive is not working anymore.  It sits it on my keychain, and it holds  a whole bunch of things on there which I find useful when I'm out and about such as a budget spreadsheet, some Word docs, some pictures, and basic programs which I use when I need to fix a relative's computer.  And then yesterday, without warning, it decided not to work.  I plugged it in to my mother-in-law's computer (running WinXP), and it came up with the message "Drive F: is not formatted.  Format now?"  I cancelled, as I definitely don't want to format it.  There's nothing particularly critical about the data, but it would be a pain to lose it.  Is there someway to recover the data from the drive without damaging it?

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  Reply # 564881 5-Jan-2012 16:10
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How old is it? Flash memory does not last forever.

You can get a 8GB USB stick for <$15-20 these days. 



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  Reply # 564886 5-Jan-2012 16:16
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Less than 2 months old. Toshiba brand. I bought it to replace a Kingston drive that was about 3 years old, because the case was cracked. Ironic, I guess.

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  Reply # 564896 5-Jan-2012 16:30
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Probably just one of those things.

Toshiba have 5 year warranty on their USB sticks I think... return it for replacement.

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  Reply # 564907 5-Jan-2012 16:49
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Lizard1977: Less than 2 months old. Toshiba brand. I bought it to replace a Kingston drive that was about 3 years old, because the case was cracked. Ironic, I guess.


Try it in an Win7 machine, if it still comes up with the Format Now message, then it might have somehow been corrupted

not much else to do but try formatting it, then use "recuva" to try recover the folders.

Sometimes when WinXP detects an error on the disc it brings up a format now option.  Which after you use the format utility, all the data magically shows up, for some unexplained reason!




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