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04/10/2014 02:51:34 PM · #1
I had to do a complete restore to factory setting on my main computer. Before doing so I went to best buy and purchased a HP 64Gb Flash Drive to back-up my data. After restoring my computer I started to reload my files and everything worked great for a day or two. Yesterday I went to reload the remainder of my files but when I click on the flash drive (J:) it states that the drive needs to be formatted.

I have downloaded several free USB Flash recovery software. Some don't find the files and some do. The ones that do are trial programs and will only show me the files but will not let me save. I need help in finding a USB Flash recovery software that will allow me to recover my files without having to pay. The files I need to recover are worth paying for, I just don't have the funds at this time. Any help would be grateful. I have some documents (EXCEL, WORD, PDF, TXT, etc.) that I need to recover.

Thanks in advance.

Scott
04/10/2014 03:36:32 PM · #2
do you have access to another PC that you can hook the USB drive to? or try a different USB port or a card reader that will take USB drives or something.

does the error allow you to cancel and then you can access the drive?
04/10/2014 04:41:04 PM · #3
Originally posted by jab119:

do you have access to another PC that you can hook the USB drive to? or try a different USB port or a card reader that will take USB drives or something.

does the error allow you to cancel and then you can access the drive?

Yes. I tried it on another USB port on my computer and tried it on my wife's laptop. Both machines running windows 7. Same error.
If I click cancel it closes.

Message edited by author 2014-04-10 16:41:53.
04/10/2014 06:59:54 PM · #4
Try this one: it's supposed to be free and effective; they have a lot of other tools they charge for, this one's the bait, it just works on flash drives.

//www.easeus.com/resource/drive/usb-flash-drive.htm
04/10/2014 07:53:31 PM · #5
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Try this one: it's supposed to be free and effective; they have a lot of other tools they charge for, this one's the bait, it just works on flash drives.

//www.easeus.com/resource/drive/usb-flash-drive.htm

Thanks Robert but that one would not find the files I was looking for.
I have tried:
EaseUS Data Recovery: Does not find files.
Hetman_fat_Recovery: Finds files but charges to restore and save.
Pen-Drive: Does not find files.
04/11/2014 12:10:16 AM · #6
who's the mfg on the flash drive?
04/11/2014 12:19:06 AM · #7
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

who's the mfg on the flash drive?

HP ... I know a cheep drive. Only 4-days old.
04/11/2014 12:30:43 AM · #8
I ask more because I might have a SanDisk RescuePro code hanging around in my basement... but it'll be a struggle to find it, and it's recommended to use Sandisk for Sandisk products specifically. Having said that, I HAVE had great luck using it on (only) Sandisk products thus far. If you're interested, I could try and look tomorrow after my coaches practice if I have some time.
04/11/2014 01:47:50 AM · #9
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

I ask more because I might have a SanDisk RescuePro code hanging around in my basement... but it'll be a struggle to find it, and it's recommended to use Sandisk for Sandisk products specifically. Having said that, I HAVE had great luck using it on (only) Sandisk products thus far. If you're interested, I could try and look tomorrow after my coaches practice if I have some time.

That would be great if you have time.
Thanks!
04/11/2014 03:39:10 AM · #10
I use PhotoRec and found it very good at recovering fies. User interface is command line based but is simple to follow. Might give it a try:
//www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
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