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#1 gammabeton

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 07:19 AM

im here because one of my flash drives stopped working after an antivirus scan it seems on windows 8.1 pro i put the flash drive in my laptop but it wont even recognize it my flash drive is gray and flashes randomly and when i click on it it says please insert disk into removable drive (E:). im not interested in restoring the drive i just want my data out if it helps the flash drive in question is a Monster Digital Colors Series 16GbB


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:58 AM

Just to confirm, you have attached this flash drive to another computer and it cannot be read? Attach the flash drive and open Disk Management. How is the drive listed? Does it show as RAW or not initialized?



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:29 AM

i think it shows not initialized no drive letter or file system and disk management is still loading but it shows two like this even though i only have the messed up drive inserted and yes i inserted it into another computer its doing the same thing



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 10:16 AM

Not initalized is not good. 

 

You can try scanning the flash drive with PhotoRec. This will recover all files in real time on the flash drive but any files recovered will have generic names with the correct extension. You would have to open each file, if possible, and rename the file accordingly.

 

Download Testdisk for Windows and unzip the folder on your desktop. Run PhotoRec, not QPhotorec. When selecting the device use the sdX device and not the Windows device. For a USB flash drive on a Windows computer it will probably be sdb if you only have one HDD installed.

 

All files recovered will go to the folder you unzipped Testdisk to.

 

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:25 PM

okay i opened photorec but im not sure if i should select [ext2/ext3 ] or [ other   ]



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 01:35 PM

What device did you select. Was it sdb? For a flash drive it should have detected the partition as intel. If you don't see that then select Other.

 

Can you post an image of the screen where the USB is selected?

 

Edit: Make sure you select Whole for what to scan and not Free Space.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:15 PM

yes it was sdb also i never saw intel and here is the screenshot of the usb selected https://prnt.sc/gq1fur



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:28 PM

After Proceed you only get EXT3/4 or Other? I would select Other. Make sure you select the Whole drive, not Free.


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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:44 PM

okay now im seeing  other abunch of options that look like random entries in directories



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:47 PM

Please post a screenshot.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 03:07 PM

https://prnt.sc/gq256u here is the screenshot



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 03:09 PM

That screen is showing that any recovered files will be recovered to your Testdisk folder. At that screen press upper case "C" to continue.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 03:37 PM

okay i clicked one of the directories it says scan complete but nothing was recovered



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 03:51 PM

Are you talking about the directory listed in your image from post #11? You should leave it at the first dot. The top most selection. What directory did you select? Open that directory in your Testdisk folder. There are no files recovered?



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 04:13 PM

well i did select the dot first but no files were found so i went down to the 3 dot






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