I have absolutely no idea why this happened, but I need help badly. I have a 16GB thumb drive where I keep a LOT of my work. Last night, preparing to take it with me today, I used the "Safely Remove Hardware" function and ejected the drive, then removed it from the computer. This morning, I remembered a couple of files I needed to put on it, and I plugged it back in. Windows spent a good three minutes trying to read the drive, then returned the message that it is empty. I tried multiple USB ports, all with the same result.
Here's an odd thing. If the drive is "empty," then how is Windows seeing the autorun.inf file that instructs Windows to use the custom icon that is stored on the drive?
I desperately need help in recovering as much of the data as I can from this drive. Thanks in advance.