Solved Why is windows 8 laptop telling me to format USB drive?

October 10, 2013 at 08:22:02
Specs: Windows 8
When I plug my 8GB USB flash disk in any port of my Windows Eight laptop, it tells me to format it. I click quick format and it says unable to format disk. Please tell me what to do, I need to recover the files very quickly!

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#1
October 10, 2013 at 08:46:40
Hi Ruby4sure,

I would suggest you to connect the USB drive to a different port first.

If the issue persists, try the USB drive on a different system(Windows 7).

Let us know if the pen drive is opening in Windows 7 PC.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#2
October 10, 2013 at 08:58:53
I tried to connect it to another port in another computer. Sadly I do not a Windows 7 pc at home but I will try at the library. I need to know how to recover the files. I do not mind about the USB itself.

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#3
October 10, 2013 at 10:19:27
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Hi Ruby4sure,

Please refer to the link given below:

http://bit.ly/9pu5ch

Install the application in Compatibility mode and try recovering the data in the drive.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#4
October 10, 2013 at 10:34:03
It doesn't explain what to do.

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#5
October 10, 2013 at 10:46:53

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#6
October 10, 2013 at 12:20:23
Re #2
"I tried to connect it to another port in another computer"
Was it still the same?

Re #4
How far did you get? Did you get the downloads from where it says
"You can download them from this link" (click on the word link)?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
October 11, 2013 at 09:02:49
Yes, it was still the same. I also tried on a windows 7 pc and it didn't work

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#8
October 11, 2013 at 12:00:46
It seems that the flash drive his bitten the dust - mostly they can be reformatted and work again but you then loose your saved files.

About the only hope is some free recovery software. Mostly I have used "Recuva" from here:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

One of our helpers reckons" MiniTools Data Recovery" is better and that it preserves original file names. This might therefore be your best first option:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/det...

EDIT:
Changed second website link to avoid CNet Downloader (unwanted software).

DO NOT INSTALL RECOVERY SOFWARE ONTO THE FLASH DRIVE ITSELF.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

message edited by Derek


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#9
October 15, 2013 at 04:14:10
Hi Ruby4sure,

As rightly suggested by "Derek", try Recuva. If the issue persists, you may have to format the flash drive to use it.

NOTE: Formatting the drive will remove the data on the drive.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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