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    Question Flash drive requesting format

    So one of our teachers brought her flash drive to me with this problem - I think there is nothing I can do.
    No way to open it without formatting.

    Are there any free data recovery programs I might try to recover the data on there though as it is rather important?

    Thanks.

    Novalee

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    Had the same recently - of course it was 'vital' data on it that the teacher hadn't saved elsewhere!

    I ended up formatting it then ucsing Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download to retrieve what was recoverable. Unfortunately the 'vital' data wasn't amongst what I recovered.

    Quote Originally Posted by Novalee View Post
    So one of our teachers brought her flash drive to me with this problem - I think there is nothing I can do.
    No way to open it without formatting.

    Are there any free data recovery programs I might try to recover the data on there though as it is rather important?

    Thanks.

    Novalee

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    I have had this come up on a few pen drives. Usually ignoring the reformat allows you to get into the drive and use it as normal.

    One of mine does it on Win 7... On a tube train at the moment, so can't use it to get the exact steps.

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    The most likly thing is that the FAT has been wiped or is corrupt.

    I use photorec on linux to scan and restore the files.

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    One of our MFL staff came to us with the same issue yesterday.

    We supplied her a replacement USB drive and told her to copy the work from her home computer and then over to the school network when she returned. All recovered.

    We then re-issued our standard advice: Keep important work backed up in more than one location and trust the network to save school-related work safe.

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