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#1 Kondo

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 02:33 AM

I have an 8GB flash drive that seems to be not working anymore. All I know is one day, I plugged it into my laptop and it cannot be recognized (or is it read?).

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Is there any way to bring back my flash drive? I do not have important files in it but it serves as an important tool for me in school.

P.S. Don't ask for me to buy a new one.

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#2 Zurenriri

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 10:37 PM

Wiggle it around in the USB port a little bit, you might have a loose connection. Also try putting it in another computer to see if that computer will read it.
I have a very old 1GB flash drive that I occasionally use but the connectors on it are old and don't work very well, so it's always a hassle getting it to work. If you can get yours working, immediately back up all of the data you have on it, because you'll probably have to buy another one, sorry.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:53 AM

I have been putting other devices in all my USB ports. All of them are working, except for my flash drive.

I have also tried inserting it on other computers in which I believe, and tried, working.

Is there any remedy for this? Or should I give up my hope on this?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 02:19 PM

I have been putting other devices in all my USB ports. All of them are working, except for my flash drive.

I have also tried inserting it on other computers in which I believe, and tried, working.

Is there any remedy for this? Or should I give up my hope on this?


My own personal choice was to buy a new flash drive and (using computer on which the old failing one works) transfer all the files from the old flash drive to the new flash drive. My situation seemed to be just like yours, except my older possibly failing usb flash drive was responding exceedingly slowly, and mostly on just one particular computer. The file transfer to new usb flash drive solved my problem.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:09 PM

Flash Drives operate on a FAT32 file system configuration

so It would be need to be reformated.

Do they all say Unknown Type on any computer.

To reformat a flash drive Right click Flash drive> Go to Format in the dialog box Specify FAT32 and hit format.

You can use NTFS but Macs can only do FAT32.

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#6 Kondo

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:31 PM

My own personal choice was to buy a new flash drive and (using computer on which the old failing one works) transfer all the files from the old flash drive to the new flash drive. My situation seemed to be just like yours, except my older possibly failing usb flash drive was responding exceedingly slowly, and mostly on just one particular computer. The file transfer to new usb flash drive solved my problem.

How would I transfer the files inside the flash drive if I cannot even access it?

Flash Drives operate on a FAT32 file system configuration

so It would be need to be reformated.

Do they all say Unknown Type on any computer.

To reformat a flash drive Right click Flash drive> Go to Format in the dialog box Specify FAT32 and hit format.

You can use NTFS but Macs can only do FAT32.

Whenever I try to hit format, it says that there is no drive in X:

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:22 PM

try the command line

open command prompt type in cmd

Format (Drive Letter): /fs:fat32 press enter

If you cant format it try to reformat on a another computer. If you cant. I say its dead. Something get corrupt inside the case.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:55 PM

Kondo, This is why I suggested transferring the contents to a new flash drive:

I have been putting other devices in all my USB ports. All of them are working, except for my flash drive.

I have also tried inserting it on other computers in which I believe, and tried, working.

Is there any remedy for this? Or should I give up my hope on this?


You would need to use a different computer than the one on which your flash drive fails.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 09:26 AM

I had this problem with one of my usb drives recently. Apparently the part of the flash drive that tells your computer how to access it got corrupted for some reason.

The solution I found was to download a program called Super Stick Recovery Tool. Plug your drive in, start the program and select Update. The program will format your drive and fix the problem.

http://www.ghacks.net/files/SuperStickRecoveryToolV1-0-2-19.rar

Hope this helps.




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