Help with the usb dilemma

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mkvenner01

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I currently have a 1gb usb key for my university work but all has gone wrong

Yesterday i saved 3 major essays to it, and as i went to back them up at home the usb key doesnt work any more

Plugged it in and it would not even light up, after hours of trying it finally gave in and was found by my pc

But now it is saying there is only 8mb on the actual key? None of my previous files are there and its asking me to format

What do i do? And will i be able to rescue my files without spending a fortune on a data recovery service if they can do anything at all.

I need the pieces quickly and so am desperately seeking help

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mkvenner01

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Thanks for the help but the problem still persists

When i scan it reads only the 8mb of data not the whole 1gb and so cant find my lost or corrupted files

Do i need to format the disk to open the patition to 1gb?

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Don't format or do anything else that writes to the disk if you don't want your files overwritten.

Try recovery with PhotoRec.
 

mkvenner01

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Tried this as well but nothing that i do to recover it will find anything other then the partition thats now 8mb

There isn't another drive/area to select or search on.

Should i take it some where to be done? Has anyone had this problem before?
 
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Unfortunately, those drives have a short life and unlike mechanical drives, the files may not be sitting there awaiting recovery. They may really be gone. Was the device removed without using "Safely Remove" by any chance?

You could try a tool like:
Testdisk (for Windows)
Testdisk Boot Floppy Image
Testdisk on Live CD
to see if you can restore the partition. It only restores the partition table, so your files, if present, will not be damaged by your attempts. Have Testdisk scan and see if it finds a partition that is the correct size (maybe 960 or so MB's). If it does, have it write that found partition to the disk.

If you get to the point that you have written a partition table, then remove the drive (safely) and re-insert it so that Windows can redetect the partition and deal with it properly after its size has changed.

Yes, millions have had this problem before. That is why backups are suggested for all files. If you don't have at least 2 backups, you must not want to keep the files.
 

mkvenner01

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Thanks for all the help but i think its not going to work any time soon.

Did the testdisk scan but it still only found 8mb, if selected with vista it found 16mb but it still asked to be formatted. Not sure why but its just not my day.
 
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