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Posted 11 May 2014 - 01:47 PM
Posted 11 May 2014 - 02:30 PM
Hello, and Welcome,
You basically have three options. Freeware, a moderately expensive software, and quite expensive.
PhotoRec is part of Testdisk and is on the PartedImage CD. There is also a Windows Version that can be downloaded. Any files recovered will have generic file names with an extenstion. You will have to go through every file and determine what it is and rename it.
Next would be the paid software Active@filerecovery. It is about $35 with the discount code and should allow you to retrieve the files with names. You may have to use the superscan to find your files
The most expensive software is DiskInternals Partition Recovery. It will try to rebuild your Partiton table, allowing you to mount the drive and retrieve the files. It costs $140.
Both DiskInternals and Active@filerecovery will allow you do run a scan to see it they can find any files.
See my post here. It has links to videos of Photorec and Active@filerecovry. Good Luck.
Posted 11 May 2014 - 04:20 PM
Posted 11 May 2014 - 05:15 PM
The only other option would be to use a utility called ddrescue to create an image and then use PhotoRec or Testdisk on the image but that may put more stress on the USB flash drive. If the data is critical and the recovery is 150 I would be inclined to go that route. You could create the ddrescue image, make a copy to work with and send in the USB. That way you would still have a sector by sector copy of the USB available.
The command would be
testdisk imagefile.img or
in terminal or a coomand window if using the Windows version.
See the following. One of the better guides on using ddrescue.
You do not need to worry about part 2. Part 3 is working with images. Do not mount it as shown. Use Testdisk or Photorec as explained above. If you decide to use ddrescue, and Testdisk finds the partition, there is an easier way to mount the image. This would only work if Photorec can start recovering files from the image or testdisk detects the partiton by either doing a quick search or deep search on the image file.
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