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    PLEASE HELP! How to recover data from USB stick

    Hi guys, we have a USB stick here with about 6 years worth of work on it. When I insert it into my PC, it asks me to format it. It shows as a drive, albeit supposedly empty, but I can't access it. I've tried GetDataBack, but this just reports no file structure. I know there are companies who you can send sticks to and they can recover things cleverly, but is there any recommended software I could try, or any approaches you fellows could recommend? I wondered - if I allow Windows to format it, could I then try recovering deleted items off it? I don't want to make matters worse though! Any advice very gratefully received!

    Thanks!

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    down load helix and put it in a windows machine after boot and theres a utilaty on there for recovering files. hope this helps.

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    Can you not refuse to format then right click and Explore the drive? If not try a program called Recuva and Pandora Recovery. They are my go to tools and always work for me.

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    Somebody came to me with a similar problem, I advised they install Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download , format the disk and then recover the files from the formatted disk. They got most/all of the files back

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    Thanks guys - have tried Recuva, but that just tells me there's no disk inserted into "M" (the USB stick's driver letter of choice!). I'll give Pandora a go...

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    #updata# Have tried Pandora - same problem. I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and let Windows format the card.

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    Use a quick format - this only deletes the partition table and recovery will be a lot better.

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    Before you do, try TestDisk - TestDisk - CGSecurity

    I used it very recently to restore the data on a CF card that had become corrupted, could work for you too (you can actually restore partitions so it shows up again in Windows Explorer)

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    Try Testdisk that has worked for me when Recuva has failed.

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Main_Page

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    Thanks for the Helix tip...is there a way to get it without having to subscribe and pay? I'm not trying to cadge a dodgy copy, but obviously I don't want to fork out $250 on something that might not work.

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    Testdisk can find no partitions, and therefore won't recover anything. Nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMB View Post
    Testdisk can find no partitions, and therefore won't recover anything. Nightmare.
    That was incredibly quick, are you sure you performed a full/deep scan?

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    It takes about 15 seconds for the quick search and the deep one. It scans 977 cylinders.

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    Do a quick format and then run Recuva/Pandora/GetDataBack FAT as it only erased the tables the data is still fairly easy to recover

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    I have used PhotoRec - CGSecurity

    And it found lots of data on a usb stick that said it needed to be formatted too...

    EDIT: Oops just noticed someone already linked to cgsecurity... sorry

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