I have a USB flash drive which suddenly is not appearing in Windows. By not appearing, I mean that I plug it in, and the drive letter does not show up in Windows Explorer.
This is what I have tried so far (to no avail):
- Tried all the different USB ports on my Windows 7 computer (the ports do work, as other flash drives work when I plug them in)
- Tried the flash drive on a different computer with Windows 10
- Ran Disk Management - the drive is not showing there either
- Attempted to update the USB drivers, although Windows said the drivers were up to date already
- I read somewhere I should plug in a working flash drive in one USB port, then (while the working drive is still connected) connect the problem drive in a different port - tried this, didn't work
I don't care about the flash drive itself, it can be trashed for all I care, but there are some files (text files and a few pictures) on it that I would like to save if it's possible. I have previously managed to salvage some data off corrupt external hdd's using various data rescue type software, but in all those cases the drives appeared but Windows claimed they were corrupted / empty / not formatted.
In this case, it's rather like the drive is completely dead as it's not appearing or generating any error messages or dialog boxes or anything.
Do you have any suggestion on what I could do to possibly retrieve some of the data off this drive (apart from paying an expensive data rescue company)? Just some stuff I could try, that I already haven't tried, just as a last attempt before giving up on it?
Any suggestions or ideas are welcomed. Thank you for reading.
Edited by krs000a, 31 May 2018 - 01:54 AM.