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memory stick has lost all data

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lenny109, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. lenny109

    lenny109 Flightless Bird

    I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do you
    want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't recover
    any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and size
    and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.

    What else can I try to recover the files?

    Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
     
  2. John Inzer

    John Inzer Flightless Bird

    lenny109 wrote:
    > I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it
    > plugs into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't
    > formatted do you want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment
    > but I also can't recover any files. I have tried a number of programs
    > including DDR Pen Drive Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but
    > neither of them find any files at all. If I look on Windows Disk
    > Management it can see the drive (K) and size and also says that it is
    > healthy but again I can't access it.
    > What else can I try to recover the files?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help on this one.

    ================================
    It may produce similar results...but maybe
    the freeware Recuva would be worth a try:

    Recuva - File Recovery
    http://www.recuva.com/

    Recover lost files with Recuva
    http://www.vista4beginners.com/recuva

    --

    J. Inzer MS-MVP
    Digital Media Experience

    Notice
    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
     
  3. poatt

    poatt Flightless Bird

    Have you tried it on another computer?

    "lenny109" wrote:

    >
    > I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    > into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do you
    > want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't recover
    > any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    > Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    > all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and size
    > and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >
    > What else can I try to recover the files?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  4. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    lenny109 wrote:
    > I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    > into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do
    > you
    > want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't
    > recover
    > any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    > Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    > all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and
    > size
    > and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >
    > What else can I try to recover the files?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help on this one.


    Possibly Easeus Deleted File Recovery, or Easeus Data Recovery Wizard.
     
  5. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    lenny109 wrote:
    > I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it
    > plugs into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't
    > formatted do you want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment
    > but I also can't recover any files. I have tried a number of programs
    > including DDR Pen Drive Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but
    > neither of them find any files at all. If I look on Windows Disk
    > Management it can see the drive (K) and size and also says that it is
    > healthy but again I can't access it.
    > What else can I try to recover the files?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help on this one.


    Good luck. If you do recover the files, put the stick in the trash.

    Thumb drives have a limited lifespan. Very limited.
     
  6. Andrew E.

    Andrew E. Flightless Bird

    You almost had it,in diskmgmt.msc,L.click on the drive,go to actions,
    all,locate & select "make active"...

    "lenny109" wrote:

    >
    > I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    > into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do you
    > want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't recover
    > any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    > Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    > all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and size
    > and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >
    > What else can I try to recover the files?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  7. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    Don't believe you can do that with a pen drive.
    --
    SC Tom

    "Andrew E." <eckrichco@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:D00F503F-9ABC-4321-9DBB-BB57A03C1DAC@microsoft.com...
    > You almost had it,in diskmgmt.msc,L.click on the drive,go to actions,
    > all,locate & select "make active"...
    >
    > "lenny109" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    >> into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do
    >> you
    >> want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't
    >> recover
    >> any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    >> Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    >> all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and
    >> size
    >> and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >>
    >> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >>
    >>
    >> .
    >>
     
  8. Peter Foldes

    Peter Foldes Flightless Bird

    Andrew E. is the resident idiot here who continually gives wrong and dangerous
    answers

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    Peter

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

    "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote in message
    news:%23Xf3G16tKHA.6124@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Don't believe you can do that with a pen drive.
    > --
    > SC Tom
    >
    > "Andrew E." <eckrichco@msn.com> wrote in message
    > news:D00F503F-9ABC-4321-9DBB-BB57A03C1DAC@microsoft.com...
    >> You almost had it,in diskmgmt.msc,L.click on the drive,go to actions,
    >> all,locate & select "make active"...
    >>
    >> "lenny109" wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    >>> into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do you
    >>> want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't recover
    >>> any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    >>> Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    >>> all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and size
    >>> and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >>>
    >>> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> .
    >>>

    >
     
  9. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 2/26/2010 4:14 PM On a whim, lenny109 pounded out on the keyboard

    > I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    > into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do you
    > want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't recover
    > any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    > Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    > all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and size
    > and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >
    > What else can I try to recover the files?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >
    >



    And to think people actually store backups on these. And they argue
    with me about their reliability...


    Terry R.
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    Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.
     
  10. philo

    philo Flightless Bird

    lenny109 wrote:
    > I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    > into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do you
    > want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't recover
    > any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    > Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    > all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and size
    > and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >
    > What else can I try to recover the files?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >
    >



    The drive is probably bad and probably unrecoverable.

    I assume she deleted the files from the harddrive...and if so
    you may have better luck running a data recovery program there.

    Of course...the more the drive was used...the less likely it is for the
    files to be recovered.

    If this is the case....stop using the machine at once

    and slave the drive to another machine (or put it in a USB enclosure)

    then run the recovery program from the other machine
     
  11. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    The date and time was Saturday, February 27, 2010 8:53:05 AM, and on a
    whim, philo pounded out on the keyboard:

    > lenny109 wrote:
    >> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    >> into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do you
    >> want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't recover
    >> any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    >> Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    >> all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and size
    >> and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >>
    >> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > The drive is probably bad and probably unrecoverable.
    >
    > I assume she deleted the files from the harddrive...and if so
    > you may have better luck running a data recovery program there.
    >
    > Of course...the more the drive was used...the less likely it is for the
    > files to be recovered.
    >
    > If this is the case....stop using the machine at once
    >
    > and slave the drive to another machine (or put it in a USB enclosure)
    >
    > then run the recovery program from the other machine


    It's already in a USB enclosure. :p


    Terry R.
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    Delete NOSPAM from the email address after clicking Reply.
     
  12. philo

    philo Flightless Bird

    Terry R. wrote:
    > The date and time was Saturday, February 27, 2010 8:53:05 AM, and on a
    > whim, philo pounded out on the keyboard:
    >
    >> lenny109 wrote:
    >>> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it
    >>> plugs into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't
    >>> formatted do you want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment
    >>> but I also can't recover any files. I have tried a number of programs
    >>> including DDR Pen Drive Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but
    >>> neither of them find any files at all. If I look on Windows Disk
    >>> Management it can see the drive (K) and size and also says that it is
    >>> healthy but again I can't access it.
    >>>
    >>> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> The drive is probably bad and probably unrecoverable.
    >>
    >> I assume she deleted the files from the harddrive...and if so
    >> you may have better luck running a data recovery program there.
    >>
    >> Of course...the more the drive was used...the less likely it is for
    >> the files to be recovered.
    >>
    >> If this is the case....stop using the machine at once
    >>
    >> and slave the drive to another machine (or put it in a USB enclosure)
    >>
    >> then run the recovery program from the other machine

    >
    > It's already in a USB enclosure. :p
    >
    >
    > Terry R.



    I was referring to the HD not the USB stick
     
  13. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:-OlbdhL2tKHA.5008@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    HeyBub <heybub@gmail.com> typed:
    > lenny109 wrote:
    >> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it
    >> plugs into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't
    >> formatted do you want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment
    >> but I also can't recover any files. I have tried a number of programs
    >> including DDR Pen Drive Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but
    >> neither of them find any files at all. If I look on Windows Disk
    >> Management it can see the drive (K) and size and also says that it is
    >> healthy but again I can't access it.
    >> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.

    >
    > Good luck. If you do recover the files, put the stick in the trash.
    >
    > Thumb drives have a limited lifespan. Very limited.


    How limited is "very limited"? I wasn't aware of that.

    Twayne


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    Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered
    through personal experience does not become a
    part of the moral tissue.
     
  14. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    What is the spec on its life span?
    "HeyBub" <heybub@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:-OlbdhL2tKHA.5008@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > lenny109 wrote:
    >> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it
    >> plugs into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't
    >> formatted do you want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment
    >> but I also can't recover any files. I have tried a number of programs
    >> including DDR Pen Drive Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but
    >> neither of them find any files at all. If I look on Windows Disk
    >> Management it can see the drive (K) and size and also says that it is
    >> healthy but again I can't access it.
    >> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.

    >
    > Good luck. If you do recover the files, put the stick in the trash.
    >
    > Thumb drives have a limited lifespan. Very limited.
    >
     
  15. ArameFarpado

    ArameFarpado Flightless Bird

    Em Sábado 27 Fevereiro 2010 04:26, Andrew E. escreveu:

    > You almost had it,in diskmgmt.msc,L.click on the drive,go to actions,
    > all,locate & select "make active"...
    >

    make active ??? no! do you even know what that is for?



    > "lenny109" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    >> into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do
    >> you want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't
    >> recover any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen
    >> Drive Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any
    >> files at all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive
    >> (K) and size and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access
    >> it.
    >>
    >> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >>
    >>
    >> .
    >>
     
  16. Airman Basic

    Airman Basic Flightless Bird


    >
    >> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    >> into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted
    >> do you
    >> want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't
    >> recover
    >> any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    >> Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    >> all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and
    >> size
    >> and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >>
    >> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>
    >> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.


    I've had good luck with this little freeware thing on unreadable flash
    drives:
    http://dmitrybrant.com/diskdigger
     
  17. mm

    mm Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:21:32 +0000, ArameFarpado
    <a-farpado.spam@netcabo.pt> wrote:

    >Em Sábado 27 Fevereiro 2010 04:26, Andrew E. escreveu:
    >
    >> You almost had it,in diskmgmt.msc,L.click on the drive,go to actions,
    >> all,locate & select "make active"...
    >>

    >make active ??? no! do you even know what that is for?


    Why not tell us instead of playing games? Perhaps you don't know.
    >
    >
    >
    >> "lenny109" wrote:
    >>
    >>>
    >>> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    >>> into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do
    >>> you want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't
    >>> recover any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen
    >>> Drive Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any
    >>> files at all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive
    >>> (K) and size and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access
    >>> it.
    >>>
    >>> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> .
    >>>
     
  18. ArameFarpado

    ArameFarpado Flightless Bird

    Em Domingo 28 Fevereiro 2010 05:17, mm escreveu:

    > On Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:21:32 +0000, ArameFarpado
    > <a-farpado.spam@netcabo.pt> wrote:
    >
    >>Em Sábado 27 Fevereiro 2010 04:26, Andrew E. escreveu:
    >>
    >>> You almost had it,in diskmgmt.msc,L.click on the drive,go to actions,
    >>> all,locate & select "make active"...
    >>>

    >>make active ??? no! do you even know what that is for?

    >
    > Why not tell us instead of playing games? Perhaps you don't know.


    Go to your disk manager and set another partition that is not your c:/ drive
    to be the active one, reboot and see what happens...
     
  19. lenny109

    lenny109 Flightless Bird

    Hi,
    That link doesn't work

    "Airman Basic" <airman_basic@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:w7idnZPRGOAjdhTWnZ2dnUVZ_uOdnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >
    >>
    >>> I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it
    >>> plugs
    >>> into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted
    >>> do you
    >>> want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't
    >>> recover
    >>> any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen Drive
    >>> Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any files at
    >>> all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive (K) and
    >>> size
    >>> and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >>>
    >>> What else can I try to recover the files?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks in advance for any help on this one.

    >
    > I've had good luck with this little freeware thing on unreadable flash
    > drives:
    > http://dmitrybrant.com/diskdigger
     
  20. lenny109

    lenny109 Flightless Bird

    When I install Recuva it tells me that 'Unable to read boot sector'


    "lenny109" <lenny@thetakeout.com> wrote in message
    news:KvmdnT-lJf1F_hXWnZ2dnUVZ7t-dnZ2d@pipex.net...
    >
    > I (my daughter) have a USB Pen drive with work on it. Today when it plugs
    > into the computer it gives the message that the drive isn't formatted do
    > you want to format it. Well obviously not at the moment but I also can't
    > recover any files. I have tried a number of programs including DDR Pen
    > Drive Recovery and Ontrack Easy Recovery but neither of them find any
    > files at all. If I look on Windows Disk Management it can see the drive
    > (K) and size and also says that it is healthy but again I can't access it.
    >
    > What else can I try to recover the files?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any help on this one.
    >
     

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