Please Help, locked out of my Flash Drive

November 30, 2016 at 00:03:50
Specs: Windows 10
Locked out of my SanDisk 8GB Cruzer Flash Drive.
This happen because I entered the wrong password three times in a row. The SanDisk message drive tells me I am now permanently locked out and must erase all of my data to get the flash drive to work again!!!! thats out ragious. I have lots of valuable information on this flash drive. What can I do? Or how can I unlock the write protection to recover my information? Please Help.

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November 30, 2016 at 06:05:23
From the information in the link below, it appears you have been informed correctly.

Storing important information on a flash drive is NOT a good idea for tow reasons. First of all the drive can be easily lost, stolen or misplaced. Second, flash drives are the least dependable of any media you could use to save data.

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November 30, 2016 at 10:52:05
Sorry, but I think even a professional data recovery service could recover the data only with great difficulty, if at all. You can have security or easily recovered data but you can't have both.

Many people use such drives to transport data that must not fall into the wrong hands. Security dictates that such data must be at the least very difficult to recover without the password. Preferably the data should not be recoverable at all, and that may indeed be the case. Locking a user out after repeated wrong passwords is a reasonable security measure.

This should not be anything more than an inconvenience to the rightful owner of the drive. Normal accepted practice would be to have the data stored on a local drive which itself would have at least 1 backup copy. Best practice would require 2 or more backup copies. For valuable data nothing less would be acceptable.

Flash drives are the least reliable of modern storage media. On top of that there is the possibility that the drive may be lost, stolen, physically damaged, passwords lost, etc. They should be used primarily as a transport media.

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