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July 25, 2012 12:50:43 AM

Hello, I have tried taking it out of its case and that does nothing. I have also tried it in 2 different computers, a laptop running Win 7 and a desktop running VISTA. When I click on it in my computer it says "Please insert a disk in removable Disk E:" If I right click on it and click properties, it shows the disk as full and 0 for free and used space. I know the ports are working on each computer, as I can insert a different USB stick and it works fine. It contains some highly personal data and I prefer to not take it to a recovery service ! Do you have any other suggestions ? I HOPE !!!!!!!!

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July 25, 2012 1:06:47 AM

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NOTE If seeked lost file are still missing, give PhotoRec a try. PhotoRec is a signature based file recovery utility and may be able to recover your data where other methods failed.

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August 1, 2012 9:12:11 AM

Thanks nhasian, I tried both TestDisk and PhotoRec but since my flash drive is not recognized at all, neither worked. But thanks for the thought. I have tried everything I could find on the net but I am afraid I am just out of luck !! I will continue to watch this thread in hopes someone comes up with something !! Thanks again !


nhasian said:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/mw/images/Testdisklogo_clear_100.pngTestDisk, Data Recovery
TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.

TestDisk Step By Step to recover lost partitions and repair damaged FAT/NTFS boot sector
Recover deleted files from NTFS partition

NOTE If seeked lost file are still missing, give PhotoRec a try. PhotoRec is a signature based file recovery utility and may be able to recover your data where other methods failed.

PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.

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August 17, 2012 9:45:12 AM

gamble444 said:
Hello, I have tried taking it out of its case and that does nothing. I have also tried it in 2 different computers, a laptop running Win 7 and a desktop running VISTA. When I click on it in my computer it says "Please insert a disk in removable Disk E:" If I right click on it and click properties, it shows the disk as full and 0 for free and used space. I know the ports are working on each computer, as I can insert a different USB stick and it works fine. It contains some highly personal data and I prefer to not take it to a recovery service ! Do you have any other suggestions ? I HOPE !!!!!!!!



NEW INFORMATION 8/17/2012

When I insert my flash drive into any USB port it is recognized as e: however, when I click on it, it says to insert a removable disk into drive e: ? I have tried the drive on my desktop running Windows Vista 32 bit, and on my laptop running Windows 7 64 bit, and neither version of windows recognizes the drive any longer. I had used it on both machines previously.

During some check, and sorry I do not remember where I saw it, I got the following result when I clicked properties,

"c:\Windows\System32\DeviceProperties.exe"...\1&19F7E59C&0&_??_UBSTOR#DISK&VEN_&PRODpUSB_...".

I went to that location on my desktop and found DeviceProperties.exe, and clicked on it however, at first it said I had to have admin privileges, and I am the admin on my machines, once I seemed to get past that, still nothing happened ?? Therefore, I thought maybe the file is damaged and the reason I cannot get to my flash drive ?? My flash drive contains some very personal and sensitive data I would definitely like to retrieve. I have searched and tried several programs from the internet including those suggested by responses to my earlier post and none worked. Can anyone suggest ANYTHING else to try ??? Thanks in advance for any assistance !!
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August 27, 2012 2:23:23 AM

Hi, I have met up with a similar problem before and I also tried many ways to handle it but failed, finally my friend give me a freeware and I tried it, you may not believe it but all my lost data came back! Here is the link: http://freeware-recovery.blogspot. [...] overy.html
i am not sure if it will suit your situation, but as long as it is a freeware so having a try will do harm.
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September 6, 2012 4:58:29 AM

Thanks Gewoqgty, I tried your solution, however it did not work for me. I have tried each and every possible solution submitted in response to my problem here, but sadly, so far none have worked !! I will not give up !! I will continue to search and hopefully, either I will find a solution or someone else will and respond to me here or directly to my email address lucky_44@msn.com !! Thanks to everyone for their efforts !!
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