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Flash Drive Problem!!!!

By larrynet
Jan 18, 2008
  1. Hi, my name is Larry R. And I am a manager of your star store. Unfortunetly my flash drive is not working it says

    Do you want to format now.

    Now I have always had no problem with my flash drive until now. I tried a recovery but the product I tried wants me to buy it. And I don't have that kind of money and this is a emergency because my power point presentation for today is on there plz someone help.

    Sandisk Cruzer 1 gb
    Microsoft xp
     
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    I take it that the drive works on 1 machine but not on another?
    You need to tell us a bit more about the circumstances before we can help - such as
    operating systems on the machines?
    errors showing in device manager?
    other USB devices working properly or not?
    USB 2 or not?
    drive format (FAT or NTFS)?
    hope we can do this in time!
     
  3. larrynet

    larrynet TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have windows xp.
    The drive does not work on any machine
    Not sure how to edit device manager.
    other usb devices are fine.

    Drive format Fat I gues
     
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    I think the drive has failed - this happens far too often. Sorry.
     
  5. larrynet

    larrynet TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Wait, thats all you can tell me. Theres no way to recover it omg.
     
  6. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    If you cannot read it on the machine that wrote it, it is the most likely conclusion I'm afraid.
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,704   +397

    Flash drives are terrible ideas for holding the only copy of a file. They fail all the time, sometimes you can get them to work again, but the data that was on is toast.

    I'd boot up off a live linux cd just to see if that can read it, I've had a drive (and seen on here a few times) where XP couldn't deal with it anymore but Windows 98 or Linux could.
     
  8. larrynet

    larrynet TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Isn't there some kind of software I can download it to retreive my information.
     
  9. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Your best bet is try what SNGX1275 suggested - either a Win98SE or Linux machine might give you access to the drive. I don't know of anything that will access the drive if your system does not even 'see' it.
     
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

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