1.    19 Sep 2016 #1
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    Where Can I Rescue Data From My USB Pen Drive?


    I got a USB pen drive that is detected but not accessible in windows. Where are some cheap places that I can go to or send this drive to in order to retrieve all its data?
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  2.    19 Sep 2016 #2
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    Data may be recoverable with software. Can't help you with that as I have never had the need.

    Professional data recovery of flash drives and other solid state devices is expensive, even more so than for conventional drives. This is due to their nature and is unlikely to improve in the future.

    Flash drives are the least reliable of modern storage media. Add to that the possibility that they may be lost, stolen, or physically damaged. These devices are not sufficiently reliable for primary storage of important files and should be used primarily as a transport media. All files of any importance should have at least one backup copy, two or backup copies for files of particular importance. Data recovery after an incident cannot be relied on.
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  3.    19 Sep 2016 #3
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    When you say you cant access it what happens ie error message
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  4.    19 Sep 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post

    Professional data recovery of flash drives and other solid state devices is expensive, even more so than for conventional drives.

    All files of any importance should have at least one backup copy, two or backup copies for files of particular importance. Data recovery after an incident cannot be relied on.
    I swear to f***ing god I had 3 backups with the same data. Two hard drives and one flash drive. The hard drives got messed up with my constantly accessing them by switching between them with a USB-IDE cable adapter. The pen drive I kept connected in the PC for a month. One day I booted my PC and couldnt access it anymore.

    I'm seriously thinking of taking the hard drives to a professional to recover the data. But its crazy expensive as you godamn know. At this point I'm frustrated like f***ing crazy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Samuria View Post
    When you say you cant access it what happens ie error message
    No error message. Just that I only see the drive letter in win explorer. But I cant access it. I tried a dozen software recovery tools. But they all failed to recovery data.
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  5.    19 Sep 2016 #5
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    Try using a live Linux USB flash drive or DVD to recover your files. Linux Mint and Ubuntu are very popular. I had a WD portable hard drive with a similar problem. Every time I plugged it in, Windows wanted to initialize it. I used Linux Mint on a flash drive to recover all my files. This is the program I used to make the flash drive. I'm not making any guarantee's, but it sure a lot cheaper than sending it out.

    YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator | USB Pen Drive Linux
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  6.    19 Sep 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrustMe View Post
    Try using a live Linux USB flash drive or DVD to recover your files. Linux Mint and Ubuntu are very popular. I had a WD portable hard drive with a similar problem. Every time I plugged it in, Windows wanted to initialize it. I used Linux Mint on a flash drive to recover all my files. This is the program I used to make the flash drive. I'm not making any guarantee's, but it sure a lot cheaper than sending it out.

    YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator | USB Pen Drive Linux
    Let me get this right. You want me to install linux on my PC to recover data from the USB pen drive and IDE hard drives?? Are you serious??
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  7.    19 Sep 2016 #7
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    I don't want you to install Linux on your PC. You make a live Linux USB flash drive or DVD and boot from that. Nothing gets installed. It's an operating system that runs from the flash drive or DVD. When you shut down, no trace of it is left. Do a google search to learn about it.

    If you decide to try Live Linux, don't use the same flash drive that is giving you trouble. Use a different one or a DVD.
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  8.    20 Sep 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrustMe View Post
    I don't want you to install Linux on your PC. You make a live Linux USB flash drive or DVD and boot from that. Nothing gets installed. It's an operating system that runs from the flash drive or DVD. When you shut down, no trace of it is left. Do a google search to learn about it.

    If you decide to try Live Linux, don't use the same flash drive that is giving you trouble. Use a different one or a DVD.
    Ok I'll try it.. Then I'll report back. But just give me 1 or 2 days since I got other stuff going on. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks.
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  9.    20 Sep 2016 #9
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    Trust Me, after I run lets say, Ubuntu Live off a working USB pen drive, you suggest that I then insert my troubled USB pen drive in the PC and see if it will read and recover my files?
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  10.    21 Sep 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by yahanna View Post
    Trust Me, after I run lets say, Ubuntu Live off a working USB pen drive, you suggest that I then insert my troubled USB pen drive in the PC and see if it will read and recover my files?
    Yes, just like that. I always keep an USB stick with live Linux installed Most of them can be booted on any computer in trouble.
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