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Flash drive now showing "needs to be formatted"

By Great Heron
Feb 11, 2011
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  1. I was sent a flash drive that contained files which I opened successfully yesterday. Today when I try to access the files, I get a notice that says the flach drive needs to be formatted. Will the files be removed from the drive if I proceed with formatting? Is there a way to get back to the files? Are they already erased? "Stumpee"
     
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,374   +167

    DON'T format (or write anything to that flash drive) will modify/possibly overwrite anything left

    There are a couple freeware data recovery tools you can try. Checkout PC Inspector.

    Click the Help tab and note they give the 4 steps for it to attempt to find and recover any lost files still on that drive
     


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