+ 2 Votes Yes mikeadams1137 2 years ago Portable USB drive...If you're being asked to reformat it...then it means Windows is not able to read it's original formatting..Was it formatted as NTFS or FAT32? Did you use it on a Windows computer or MAC? When did it last work, what changed since? ie: Cables, USB Ports, New Drivers etc... There is a way to access raw data but it requires certain tools. I recommend looking around the Internet for a CD/Tool called "Hirens"...or an "ERD" CD...these are great and valuable IT tools used on a daily basis. + 0 Votes Flash Card Recovery jessymess February 22, 2013 at 2:18pm PST In order to recover data from flash card, it is very important that user use an powerful recovery tool before it gets over-written by any new data. The automatic tool will easily retrieve all kinds of data very easily. http://www.flashcardrecoveryformac.com + 2 Votes OK the most likely thing to have happened here OH Smeg 2 years ago Is that the drive was disconnected without being dismounted. This can be OK 99 times out of 100 but you are eventually going to hit that 1 in a 100 time that the partition Tables go south. What to do here all depends on just how "IMPORTANT" the data on the drive is. If it's "IMPORTANT" stop using the drive IMMEDIATELY and pack it up and send it to a Data Recovery Specialist Now. However if it would just be Nice to recover the data and you can afford to loose it all there are several things you can try but you need to remember that every time you unsuccessfully do something it's just that much harder to recover anything at all and if you then send it to a Professional Data Recovery House you will have drastically increased the costs as well as reducing the chance of getting a 100% recovery. If you just disconnected the drive without using the Safely Remove Option you can go the Run Command and enter chkdsk /r for the Drive letter that the External Drive should be and hope that Windows can repair the Partition Tables. It may or may not work but what the **** it costs nothing and it just might work. If that doesn't work look here for a list of Data Recovery Software http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/101-342724?tag=content;discussion-table + 2 Votes Try connecting it on different USB ports/computers the edidas 2 years ago Assuming you haven't formated it yet, try connecting the drive on a different USB port or on different computers. It happens very often that the lower than needed voltage of the USB ports makes Windows unable to read the file system of the removable hard drives. Try also a USB cable with double connector, that should fix the issue if the file system in the drive is still intact. + 0 Votes GETDATABACK for NTFS/FAT jamie.parisi 2 years ago I have used this program many times on damaged formatted drives. It takes a while but will if the drive is not damaged too badly recover data. + 0 Votes Let us know how it works! mikeadams1137 2 years ago Let us know what your findings are. + 3 Votes The correct term for that USB Cable is Y Cable OH Smeg 2 years ago It has 2 USB Plugs which plug into 2 different USB Sockets on the Computer to give the correct Amperage to the External Drive. Each USB Port by Design is supposed to supply 5 V DC at 500 Milliamperes. That is the Apple design but with the move of USB to the PC some makers think that they know better and have reduced that 500 Milliamperes. Granted this mostly happens with NB's and is claimed to increase Battery Life by their maker but it's a Short Cut which hurts the system and really shouldn't be taken. It also occasionally happens on Desktops where that USB Socket is in a Fly Lead so read that as Front USB Sockets and the like. If you carefully look at a Y Cable you'll see that the Middle Connector has a standard Cable but the Cable to the second USB Plug is thinner than the other cable. This is because the second USB Plug only supplies the Current to drive the external drive so it has fewer wires in that part of the lead. There are no Data Wires just Power Wires. You can plug one of these cables into 2 Different USB Sockets on a computer or into 2 different USB Sockets on a Powered USB Hub. If you do not use a Powered USB Hub you are not getting the full benefit of the Y Cable as there will not be enough Amperage available at the Hub. I hope that helps you understand. Col + 0 Votes Keep getting high Disk usage Alphyrjl 2 years ago My computer speed has been greatly compromised after I having been getting the message High Disk usage from the Norton Antivirus. I have run basically all the maintenance procedures available all the informations obtained is that everything is working okay but my computer continuously freezes and becomes unresponsive most of the time. It is really a nightmare for me and since i not have much knowledge on these troubleshooting issues I am really stranded. Window experience index has degraded from 5.9 to 2.9 but when I run it using HP troubleshooting tools the window experience is always 5.9. I do know that with microsoft troubleshooting tools the information is correct since my laptop has slowed down tremendous even if I had only use 388GB free of 444GB for local disc(C:). How do I solve this problem since I have already tried to restore it the date that it was working properly but this turned out to be a useless exercise. + 0 Votes How to Recover data from USB parvez 2 years ago I had the similar situation. The device was used on a MAC and it got unusable on a PC. What I did was that I formatted it and then used the RecovrMyfiles program to recover the data. I was able to recover every thing from tha USB device. Parvez 29-11-2011 + 0 Votes FIle Retrieve from USB Drive KenMos 2 years ago 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 + 0 Votes So Healer, what have you tried from all the suggestions here so far? the edidas 2 years ago So Healer, what have you tried from all the suggestions here so far? Have you been lucky in any way reviving it?