Hey folks, long-time lurker, first-time poster. I work at an IT helpdesk at a small private, religious, nonprofit college and a faculty member approached us two days ago quite distraught. She has a 16GB PNY Attache flash drive that a student improperly yanked from her laptop. Upon inserting into windows, "Your disk must be formatted" error, chkdsk shows RAW file system, the works. I've read about this before plenty of times but in my relatively short time here, I haven't encountered it.
The reason for her distress is that it has very important data on it.
This is what the disk shows up as:
Note the scrambled drive label and information, and the erroneous disk size.
We've thrown a few things at it so far. The first was to try the testdisk method as per the writeup from what I think is one of your forum members Here.
Test Disk shows the drive as 229.34GB and we never really got too far with it, even the deeper analysis didn't show us any partitions with any sort of recognizable file structure.
We've scanned it with various utilities from EaseUS and RStudio but they all show the same incorrect labeling, size information, etc.
We did attempt to copy files off of it with (I think it was) EaseUS - The result was mixed at best. JPGs, PDFs, DOCs, etc, all in sequential numbering, no file structure, and 3/4 of them corrupted. JPGs with incomplete information, scrambled word docs, etcetera.
My colleague made an offhanded remark that he used to have a PNY flash drive exactly like this, and it died within a year. So I'm wondering if --in addition to a broken partition table and filesystem-- perhaps the memory itself in this model is poor quality and has suffered some sort of failure. I always thought PNY was a trusted brand, but I've been unpleasantly surprised before...
At this juncture - Given the things we've tried, is there anything else I can do / try? If it's toast, and she's simply out of luck, I'll break the news to her and life will go on. But I'd like to say I made my best, good-faith effort to exhaust all options for cleanly recovering her data.
Thanks in advance, folks, and I'll set up alerts on this thread and be sure to answer swiftly this evening and tomorrow to be able to respond, follow instructions, answer follow-up questions, etcetera, as necessary. Though I don't have the drive with me at home, I have it plugged into my office computer and can VPN into work to try various things, so long as they can be done in windows. Anything booting off a live disc or other non-windows solution will have to wait till tomorrow AM when I'm back in the office.
*edited to remove some non-pertinent comments and cover my butt ;)
Edited by matt314159, 28 February 2013 - 05:49 PM.