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6th September 2013, 04:54 PM #1
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?
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6th September 2013, 05:03 PM #2
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.
Originally Posted by Novalee
6th September 2013, 05:21 PM #3
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.
6th September 2013, 05:48 PM #4
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.
6th September 2013, 07:07 PM #5
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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