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How u format a usb key without losing data

November 25, 2010 at 15:35:49
Specs: Windows XP

Hi How do you format a USB Key without losing the DATA. i saved data from my office p.c (word, excel and powerpoint documents) onto a USB Key, it was working up until recently on my laptop however when i insert it into my laptop now it tells me that the disc is not formatted. when i agree to format it i am advised that i will lose all the data on the key which is drive 'G'. i can't afford to lose the data. i have tried to open it on 2 other laptops and one p.c to no avail.

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#1
November 25, 2010 at 15:54:58

You cant format without losing data. It sounds like your flash drive drive has died, you could try a program like Recuva to get your data back but usually once you get these kind of error messages, there isn't much hope.

http://www.piriform.com/support


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#2
November 25, 2010 at 16:01:15

Try using a program called testdisk to repair the partition. Get it at the link below. Be sure to read all instructions before using.

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

Before repairing it try recovering the files using recuva. You will need enough room on your hard drive to copy the files. Get recuva below.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#3
November 25, 2010 at 16:21:01

Flash drives are the least reliable of modern storage media and they should never be trusted for long term storage of important data. You should always have another copy of important data.

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#4
November 25, 2010 at 20:13:04

If looks like another case of not using 'safely remove device'.

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#5
November 25, 2010 at 21:39:25

wizard-fred

I think you meant to say ...

"It looks like another case of not using 'safely remove hardware'."
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Laoise

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

See especially the info at the third link in that. You probably damaged the data yourself by not using Safely Remove Hardware.


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#6
November 27, 2010 at 12:59:56

Hi, Thanks for the feedback, however all data is lost, unfortunately recuva didn't work. yes a colleague removed the device without using the safely remove hardware facility. lessons learned!! Regards. Laoise.

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#7
November 27, 2010 at 13:30:31

If you haven't yet done anything with the drive then try running testdisk on it. Get it at the link below.

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


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