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SkippyJon1997

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Just this afternoon my flash drive stopped working correctly. I was using it to save documents and then it wouldn't open it without formatting it. There are a lot of items on this drive that I don't have anywhere else and I can't get to them to save them to something else. I read on another posting that it might be full and that's why it's not opening. It's a 256M drive and I've been using it as my main information holder for about 2 years. If it is full how do I get into it to deleted some things or save the items elsewhere so I can move them to a larger flash drive? Won't everything be erased if I format it? I've tried it on 4 different computers now and they all prompt me to format it. Help!
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Dave Kruger

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I have seen this happen with my jump drive occasionally. Formatting will remove everything on it, when it prompts about formatting, did you choose not to do so, then try browsing the jump drive anyway? That normally works for mine, but perhaps is not the case with the problem you are having.
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Odd problem. I haven't actually had to deal with such an issue. Do you use the "Safely Remove Hardware" tool? Or do you just pull the flash drive out when your done? I just wonder if there is an error due to that.

I know there is a tool called Knoppix, you can google for it. I have heard about it, haven't used it. Apparently you can use Knoppix to "rescue" things, like files form a jump drive. Might be worth checking out, if you can't figure any other way to get those files off the drive.
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I've taken it to a computer data recovery firm and they are trying to get at what is there. He said that something broke in the stick so it wouldn't work properly. He also said that the brand I have is not all that reliable. Thanks for your suggestions. I hope they're able to recover my data.
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