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How can i retrieve my data from my flash drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rhino1616, Mar 27, 2006.

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  1. rhino1616

    rhino1616 Thread Starter

    Apr 15, 2004

    I have a 1 GB portable usb flash drive thats acting wierd, all of the sudden my information is gone (I had 4 folder with vitial data on it). I was working in photoshop on a project, & when i went to save the item in one of my folders on the the flash drive, I clicked:

    save as / F: drive & the F drive appeared empty- blank?.

    So I saved the project to my computers HDD & opened Win XP explorer, navigated to F: opened it & blank. Listen to this one it gets stranger, I clicked properties, F: drive & says

    File system: FAT
    635 mb used
    366 mb free

    Now for it to say this Im assuming that the data is not erased its somehow just hidden (I hope). I can still save to it, i just wrote some scracth in MS Word & saved it to the flash drive & it worked perfectly. Can someone please help me recover my data, its very important. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you
  2. happyrck


    Feb 17, 2006
    try plugging in to different port / or computer...you also can try shutting down and rebooting with the usb drive still in
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Several people have said good things about Smart Recovery, and since it's free, it's probably worth a look.
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