HELP!!! usb flash drive emergency!!

By sd712 ยท 6 replies
Nov 22, 2004
  1. my friend was using her laptop [winXP] with the usb 60m flash drive inserted.
    while the laptop ran out of battery and automatically shutted down, the usb flash was not unplugged.

    but when she turns on the computer again, the files in the flash drive dissappeared. but the properties showed that 20mb is used and 40mb free.

    she had tried on other computers but it's the same result.

    can anyone help please??

    thank you very much!!!!!!!!!
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Welcome to TechSpot

  3. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Yea i had the same problem but i threw out my drive b/c i thought it was a goner
  4. sam8988378

    sam8988378 TS Rookie

    re: flash drive emergency

    Unfortunately, I've had way too much experience in this sort of thing lately :blackeye: , but it doesn't sound as if you've been through format hell. I've found freeware ( :angel: 's ; have saved me or taught me things which I couldn't have found out otherwise) which has been able to recover really nicely, everything intact.

    There's PCInspector File Recovery

    Also Disk Investigator

    just to name a few. Good Luck!
  5. sam8988378

    sam8988378 TS Rookie

    If I had sense enough to do that, i would have saved countless hours :hotouch:, even as much as a month. Stubbornness isn't always a good thing.
  6. taronder

    taronder TS Rookie

    i have too much stuff on my flash drive how do erase so i can save new needed things
  7. X DarthMonkey X

    X DarthMonkey X TS Rookie Posts: 76

    @taronder: This is probably a subject for a new thread, but I can try to help out a little. I'm assuming you use Windows XP

    Well, if you don't have any special setup, then it should be almost as easy as plugging it in.

    1: Plug it in.
    2: Browse to it with Windows Explorer (It should show up in My Computer as a "Removable Disk").
    3: Find files you want to delete.
    4: Press the "Delete" key.

    If that didn't help (i have a hunch it didn't) then try making a new thread, with a bit more detail if possible.
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