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How to retrieve files from a drive needed to be re-formatted?

By Healer ·
I have a portable drive that has some files in it. Somehow all of a sudden the files in there are not visible or retrievable. Connecting it to a computer USB port, I can only see a message saying the drive needs to be formatted.

If I follow the prompt to format it, I can imagine I would lose all the files in there. Is there any way I can go around it? I wonder!

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FIle Retrieve from USB Drive

by KenMos In reply to How to retrieve files fro ...

Probably - have you tried Disk Management? In W7 (admin) right click My Computer, select Manage, then Storage, Disk Management and you will probably see your drive as an item in the list. Volume will be blank, but check in the Capacity column, If there, select the drive, right click the blank Volume, and select Change Drive letter, then choose accordingly. It should then appear as normal. I've got a drive that shows this behaviour every time I retrieve it from storage!
Hope this works for you (a no cost solution!).
Ken

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by Healer In reply to FIle Retrieve from USB Dr ...

Thanks!

I tried but it didn't fix it.

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So Healer, what have you tried from all the suggestions here so far?

by the edidas In reply to How to retrieve files fro ...

So Healer, what have you tried from all the suggestions here so far? Have you been lucky in any way reviving it?

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by Healer In reply to So Healer, what have you ...

I have tried everything except buying a piece of data recovery software.

So far I have no luck.

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by the edidas In reply to So Healer, what have you ...

I have used Active@ UNDELETE and Active@ File Recovery with very good results in the past, give it a try... you can download a Demo for both and see if it reads your drive first. For more: http://www.file-recovery.net/products.htm

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SpinRite

by AkJohnDye In reply to How to retrieve files fro ...

How about Steve Gibson's "SpinRite" $ 89.00 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.
See at (www.grc dotCom)
I've never used it, but Leo Laporte recommends it, good enough for me.
Good luck!
John

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Check for Drive Caddy connection failure

by Boris the Bold In reply to How to retrieve files fro ...

I've had it before where the internal drive connection (HDD to USB board) has fried.
Open up the USB Drive caddy and remove the drive and stick it into another one, I bought one for ??5 and it has worked fine for over a year.
Mine was a western Digital passport drive.

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by Healer In reply to Check for Drive Caddy con ...

It seems to me there is no screw or fastener that holds the things together. I am not too sure how to open it.

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by rj78 In reply to Check for Drive Caddy con ...

you can use a minus screw to open it

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Have you tried Linux?

by jamblaster In reply to How to retrieve files fro ...

Many file access problems with Windows can be gotten around through using a Linux distro. They have so many that are easy to install and use from a USB drive (boot from USB) that its worth a try at least.

Try Unetbootin --> http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

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