Solved USB drive ask to be formatted!

October 21, 2012 at 10:46:17
Specs: Windows 7
I have a word doc on a USB key and it won't give me access.
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#1
October 21, 2012 at 12:16:34
Not sure what this means? The size of the file “c:\Users\user\Documents\SAVED FILES\$ROOT00105\Finding Form 1\Part 3.docx” exceeds the 64KB limit for FAT 32

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#2
October 21, 2012 at 12:38:13
You may be saving everything to the root directory of the partition. You should be using folders. Make some and move the existing files. That is the easiest way to find things anyway.

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#3
October 21, 2012 at 12:44:56
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Can you see the Word document on the USB drive?

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#4
October 22, 2012 at 05:21:29
No. As soon as I click it I get the formatting message.

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#5
October 22, 2012 at 06:31:56
Then try to repair the partition by runn testdisk or Easeus partition recovery. Get both at the links below.

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

http://www.easeus.com/partition-rec...


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#6
October 22, 2012 at 07:00:22
Cheers. I have tried Easeus and am running Pandora as I write this so will try cgsecurity later.
Thanks for your help.
JOH.

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#7
October 22, 2012 at 15:18:05
Try MiniTool Power data recovery free for home use
http://www.powerdatarecovery.com/do...
...it will probably find the doc for you and let you save it

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#8
October 28, 2012 at 12:10:47
Yes, it did but then told me the file is corrupt and it is unable to open it!
Square One!
Thanks for your help.

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#9
October 28, 2012 at 12:19:02

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#10
October 30, 2012 at 17:19:16
Here is what I would try: plug it in, and DENY it to reformat. It should still assign a drive letter, let's pretend it's "X:\" for now. Now click the "run' box and type in CMD (or open Windows/System32/CMD.EXE, whichever). When you get the command box open, type in chkdsk X: /f (replace X with the letter that gets assigned to your usb key) and see if that will fix it. If it doesn't, your usb key is probably fried.

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#11
October 31, 2012 at 06:19:45
When I click on on the drive I immediately get the message that the file requires formatting so no, I can't see it.
On the other hand, with the help of some free software I was able to locate the file so I saved the word icon to my Desktop [titled 'Part 3']. Everytime I attempt to open it I asked to format. So, on both counts I'm back to square one.

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#12
October 31, 2012 at 09:11:07
Sounds like the file really is corrupted, in which case there is not much you can do about it. Flash drives can fail.

I doubt it will let you but you could try renaming it from doc to txt just to see if that will at least allow you to see some part of the original text.

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#13
October 31, 2012 at 09:31:56
A corrupted file will not cause the message that the drive needs to be formatted. That is caused by a corrupted partition table.

ohor

Do you see the drive listed in Disk Management? Is there a drive letter assigned to it? Did you try using testdisk or Easeus to repair the partition?

What does Pandora have to do with the issue you posted on?


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#14
October 31, 2012 at 11:29:31
Re #13, Lines 1 & 2.

Thanks, point taken.

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#15
October 31, 2012 at 16:31:21
Derek, no problem, I just wanted to clarify for the OP.

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