Can you save files from a dead flash drive

June 13, 2011 at 10:58:07
Specs: Windows Vista
I have been using the flash drive to save my work to all day. I left the laptop for half an hour and came back to find it would no longer show up in any port or a different laptop, Please I have important work dating back to Feb on there for my degree

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June 13, 2011 at 12:48:02
Try testdisk or photorec.

Some makers of flash memory offer a similar app.

See also sites like softpedia or for some other apps.

CN also has some ad's to software. Usually on the page for the fault.

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June 13, 2011 at 13:08:33
If it doesn't show as a drive letter, you may not be able to get to the files at all. Happened to others. Flash drives are not reliable for permanent storage. Their entire purpose is to transfer files from one place to another. This assumes you have the files on another system (backup copy).
In the event you get it to show up when you plug it in, (can happen), immediately transfer those files to the hard drive of the computer you are plugged in to.
It is not uncommon for the chip(s) to fail. You _may_ be able to get the data off, but it will take a data recovery specialist to do that ($pecial Machine$). The memory chip might be one that can be removed and installed on a working device and read. Will take the special (de)soldering skills of a digital equipment repair person to make an attempt. Never a guarantee with this type work, but you will have to pay for the skills regardless the outcome.

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