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Recover USB Data

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  1. Questa

    Questa Thread Starter

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    I am in a sticky situation.

    I turned my USB drive into a bootable USB drive. The problem is, I turned the wrong one, the one with all my important files on it.

    I would like to know if I could recover the files on my USB, but that isn't the biggest problem - because it's a bootable drive now, Vista does not sense it as a USB hard drive, it does not appear.

    How can I get my data back?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Bootable or not, Vista should see it as a normal drive. What does it see? Is the drive in Disk Management? Does it have a file system?
     
  3. Questa

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    In the device manager, the drive is listed, but no volumes are listed under it.

    In disk management, it is listed, but when I right click, I have no options in the menu except to "delete"
     
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    Device Manager or Disk Management?

    Did the drive get formatted, or did you stop the process before it finished?

    What was the original file system? What file system was the bootable drive supposed to use?
     
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    I'm not sure, what I did was

    I went into "Disk Management" and selected "Delete Volume". After deleting the volume from the drive, I created a new partition.

    Windows can now sense the drive. I would like to know how to recover the files from the drive now.
     
  6. Elvandil

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    You created a new volume? That means that you formated it. You were better off without seeing the drive in Disk management, as far as recovery goes.

    Well, I guess you can still try scanning for files. but keep in mind that you may not want to use the MFT options in recovery (only NTFS) because the bootable drive was probably FAT32.

    Free recovery applications:

    Diskinternals Recovery Boot CD
    Pandora Recovery (Free for personal use)
    Smart Data Recovery
    Recover Files
    Recuva
    Restoration
    Free Undelete (NTFS only)
    Softperfect File Recovery
    ADRC Data Recovery Tools
    Undelete Plus
    Data Recovery
    PCI File Recovery
    DriveRescue
    Ultimate Data Recovery
    Disk Investigator

    Commercial:

    O&O Disk Recovery
    Paragon Mount Everything (Mounts any file system, CD/DVD burning, File Manager, Partitioner)
    GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
    Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
    File Scavenger
    Recover My Files
    RecoverPlus Pro
    Zero Assumption Recovery
    [email protected] File Recovery
    Final Recovery
    Recover4All Professional
    Easeus Data Recovery Wizard
    NTFS Recovery
     
  7. Questa

    Questa Thread Starter

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    Thank you - any program you particularly recommend?
     
  8. Elvandil

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    Pandora and Recuva are good starts. Then maybe Drive Rescue.

    GetDataBack, [email protected], and EasyRecovery for the pay ones.

    I used GetDataBack for a drive that was NTFS, accidentally formatted FAT32, and got most of the files back. So when someone tells me that formatting "erases" the drive, I know differently.
     
  9. Questa

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    All right, I will try those. Thank you for your advice.
     
  10. Elvandil

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    Whichever one you use, after you have recovered a file or 2, test the recovered files and make sure they are not corrupted. If they are, there is no sense in continuing, especially since it takes so long. Just stop, start again with new settings or a new program.
     
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