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usb stick saying:please insert a disk into drive

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  1. PK-her0

    PK-her0 Thread Starter

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    hi guys

    i have a peak 2gb usb stick
    it says please insert a disk into drive g when i double click on it.
    when i get properties on it, it says 0 bytes

    i googled this and it shows you how to format it...

    is there any way to retrieve data off it...very important data.
    without formating the drive.

    please help
     
  2. Elvandil

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    PhotoRec is probably the best tool you'll find for recovery from those drives.

    But, it is electronic and the data may not just be sitting there waiting for recovery like it would be on a mechanical drive. All the data can be destroyed in a "flash" with those drives if there is a malfunction.

    Failing Photorec to help, you could also check for a missing partition table with:

    Testdisk (for Windows)
    Testdisk Boot Floppy Image
    Testdisk on Live CD
     
  3. PK-her0

    PK-her0 Thread Starter

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    yes i have recovered partitions with test disk...its hit and miss really
    My usb stick has a logical drive...its m
    but test disk is only seing c,d and e
    why is this?
     
  4. Elvandil

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    What is M:? What do you mean by "logical drive"? Is there supposed to be more than one partition on the stick? If there is, and you can have as many as you like, Windows will only see the first.
     
  5. PK-her0

    PK-her0 Thread Starter

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    test disk will only see
    c,d,e (all on my hard drive)
    and it sees Q: which is a virtual cdrom drive (daemon tools)

    but no f: which is the stick
    but it is coming up in disk manager / admin tools

    sorry...not logical drive...just the drive letter...sorry again
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Testdisk is not likely to assign the same drive letters, so don't use them to identify drives. Use sizes.

    Does the USB stick show up as a drive in Device Manager?
     
  7. PK-her0

    PK-her0 Thread Starter

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    no its not in device manager. and in disk manager it says no media...i cant even format it...
    i think it must be broken
     
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