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Access files on USB thumb drive

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#1 3ric


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 07:16 AM


I have a flash drive that a user gave me. It has a 200MB partition that she can access, but it also has a 3.75GB which she cannot. The second (3.75GB) partition does not mount by itself. I have tried a few pieces of software to see what was on that 3.75GB (Find and Mount, Minitool Partition Wizard Pro [trial], Disk Manager), but I have failed to see what was on there. I also tried to merge the two partitions with Minitool, but both partitions need to be NTFS and the second partition is FAT32. When I try to change the second partition to NTFS with Minitool, but the option is greyed out. Thanks for any help!


Edit: I am using Windows XP SP3, and this is a PNY 4GB thumb drive

Edited by 3ric, 26 October 2010 - 07:21 AM.

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 12:08 PM

That is very likely a protected recovery partition. It contains an exact software image of the PC as it was when it was first produced\bought.

Some manufacturers protect it as it is not meant for any other reason then to restore the PC to it`s original operating state.
You can read more about it either in the documentation included at the time of purchase or by visiting the manufacturers website and looking up the particular make and model.

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