USB Stick stopped working

By Captainmk ยท 5 replies
Dec 15, 2008
  1. Something seems to be wrong with my 8 gig memory stick!

    When I plug it in, Windows seems to recognize it but I can't seem to access it properly at all. If I try to click on the icon in "My Computer" I get the following message:

    Tried moving the stick around in its different slots and it still doesn't seem to be working, I still get the same error message. I tried formatting the stick but there again I still get the same message.

    What could the problem be? And please don't suggest me to buy a new stick, because I have valuable data left on it!
  2. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    Big questions are!

    1. Does it work on another computer?
    2. Unplug it, boot to Safe Mode, then plug it in. Does it work here?

  3. Captainmk

    Captainmk TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    1. Nope!
    2. Nope!

  4. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

  5. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    USB drives often fail.
    If you cannot format it (which will destroy any data) it is dead. Toss it. If it has valuable data, there are recovery specialists to get the data back, but the cost usually exceeds $400.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Its not good form to post and then tell people what not to tell you. You are the one with the problem, not us. If it absolutely isn't an option to do something explain that, without the "don't tell me" part. It comes across as rude.

    Raybay is right, flash drives fail often, this is pretty well documented all over the internet. Even if they didn't fail often, placing valuable data in only 1 place is just a recipe for disaster.

    Now that I've got the preaching out of the way, here is a thread (a sticky in this forum even) that can deal with trying to make the drive usable again:

    Check out mflynn's link for any hope of getting your data back.
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