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January 14th, 2010, 10:46 PM
Next month, the month of love, February, will be the month where I will present my thesis.
I was working on it and was glad of my progress.
I keep my thesis with me in my flashdrive, since I am constantly on the computer school where I am working.
After I safely removed my flash drive from one computer, I can no longer open it like usual and greets me with a message that requires my flash drive to be formatted.
Everything was gone. The heck!? -___-

So yes, long story short, I need to recover my files on my flash drive...
Any help would be greatly appreciated...


January 15th, 2010, 4:53 AM

You could try that. I can't personally vouch for it, but it looks fine. You should be able to use the trial version. Whatever you do - DO NOT FORMAT THE DRIVE! It'll only make it harder/impossible to restore data.

I won't bother lecturing you about backups. Although a good idea is to email it to yourself as an attachment. Then it's accessible from anywhere.

January 15th, 2010, 8:07 AM
If it's FAT32, open it up with a Linux Live CD and fsck it, should be fine. If it's NTFS, you can lament about how you didn't make a backup, I guess.

January 15th, 2010, 9:06 AM
You can try this tool, as long as your using Windows. I haven't tested it yet, myself, but it may help.


January 15th, 2010, 9:07 AM
If it's NTFS, you can lament about how you didn't make a backup, I guess.Ubuntu Live CD can handle NTFS drives so it's not a problem.

January 15th, 2010, 1:21 PM
The guy who gave you the link to the flash drive recovery software is your best bet. I've lost important files on my HD before and had to use a file recovery (similar to how the police find deleted files on your HDs although not as effective).

Backing Up is the key. I've also lost about 800GBs worth of anime once. Damn did i cry that day.

January 15th, 2010, 2:15 PM
It's a flash drive. I can't see why it wouldn't be FAT32. Or even Fat16 if it's 2GB or under, but they never come in NTFS by default. PCRecovery is good from memory, although don't give in if the programs try to hold you to ransom after finding thr Data.

I'd personally leave fsck on Linux as your last resort as I find it a little... destructive. Although if you have a Linux CD there's no harm in checking if you can just open the USB normally.

January 15th, 2010, 6:13 PM
Ubuntu Live CD can handle NTFS drives so it's not a problem.
It can't fsck them, it can just write to them. fsck is the tool that fixes crap, and fsck doesn't work on NTFS yet.

January 15th, 2010, 10:46 PM
PC Inspector File Recovery. It worked for me.

http://download.cnet.com/PC-Inspector-File-Recovery/3000-2248_4-10118663.html Pretty sure this is it. It's not filled with malware if it's on Download.com, I hope.

January 16th, 2010, 5:09 PM
"Finds partitions automatically, even if the boot sector or FAT has been erased or damaged (does not work with the NTFS file system)."

Well, this program seems good, but I don't think it will help you if the flash drive uses NTFS.

As of my personal experience, I can recommend you Recuva, from the makers of CCleaner, Defraggler and Speccy. Not 100% assured it will work (no recovery program is flawless) but is still worth trying. ;) http://www.piriform.com/recuva