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Solved: Recover Data From USB Drive

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  1. WendyM

    WendyM Retired Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    Hi all,
    I had about four years worth of pictures on a USB drive that I was using to transfer stuff from one computer to another. Unfortunately, I sort of lagged on completing the transfer so they stayed on the USB drive for quite awhile. As of about two weeks ago, everything was still there. A couple of days ago I put my drive into the computer and it said that the last time I used it, I didn't eject it safely (this is entirely possible). And now ... nada. Everything's gone. I know there are programs that can be used to attempt to recover data, but does anyone have any experience with any (hopefully free) programs? Thanks.
     
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    There is one called OnTrack easy recovery... there is one that runs on a LInux platform called Knopix. I haven't used Knopix but I have experience with Ontrack Easy Recovery software. All the best.
     
  3. WendyM

    WendyM Retired Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    Thanks! I think I might have seen Knopix when I was running a search, but I'm intimidated by all things Linux. If OmegaShadow were still around he'd be so disappointed. :eek:

    I'll give OnTrack a try and report back.
     
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    WendyM Retired Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    Cool, thanks! If anybody has any other ideas, keep 'em coming. I'll try them one by one until (hopefully) one of them works. I don't have my USB drive with me so I can't try it until tonight, but I really appreciate the suggestions.
     
  6. bigbear

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    You could take the drive out of the enclosure and hook it up as a slave in your pc.
    I have seen this quite often with external drives, something goes wrong with the case controller etc but the drive is fine
     
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    I have just realised this might be a flash drive you are talking about not an external drive.:eek:
    If that is the case please ignore the last post:D
     
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    Yep, flash drive. Sorry, I should have been more specific! :D

    And thanks for the suggestion Elvandil. It's ALL worth a shot.
     
  10. Elvandil

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    These things don't write to the disk, so you can safely try them without making the situation worse.

    The file system was probably just not unmounted before it was disconnected, so your files should all be intact.
     
  11. WendyM

    WendyM Retired Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    Man, I hope so. The drive shows only 3.8MB of used space or something like that and I'm sure I had hundreds of MB worth of pictures. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.
     
  12. WendyM

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    So this is weird, but I downloaded one of the programs, popped my flash drive in, got all set for magic to happen, and without doing a thing, there were all my pictures. I don't know whether I'm crazy or just really, really lucky, but it looks like I'm good. Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions. I am currently making a backup of all pictures!
     
  13. Elvandil

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    LOL. Things happen. Be sure to safely remove hardware from now on, and before using that drive too much, you may want to run chkdsk on it to be sure the file system is undamaged.

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
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    Remember: Data you don't have at least two copies of is data you don't care about. :D
     
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