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spammer28

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Hello

So... I was reinstalling Windows XP just about 2 hours a go and I forget to unplug my memory stick from the USB and while I was deleting all of the partitions I deleted my memory stick... I unplugged the memory stick after I realized that I erased it and I hoped that its gonna be alright but its not :/

Every time I plug it in and try to get into it it says Please insert a disk into drive F: is there any chance that I can restore the data or even make it work again?
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Hello spammer28, This happens more than one would think.

You most likely, will not be able to recover the data from the USB flash drive, but you might be able to get the system to recognize it again.

You would need to insert it in another computer USB port and then reformat it.

Then insert it back into the original system and see if it is recognized.

Usually, it the flash drive has not been rendered defective, it will be recognized and you should be able to use it normally.

Hope this helps.
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Hello spammer28, This happens more than one would think.

You most likely, will not be able to recover the data from the USB flash drive, but you might be able to get the system to recognize it again.

You would need to insert it in another computer USB port and then reformat it.

Then insert it back into the original system and see if it is recognized.

Usually, it the flash drive has not been rendered defective, it will be recognized and you should be able to use it normally.

Hope this helps.


Unfortunately this didn't fixed the problem... I cannot even format it because of some windows reason :/ but thx for help :)
at least it's just 1Gb :)
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Sorry to here that, but as you mentioned, it is only 1 GB.

You can get some 4 GBs for cheap now.

I would get a name brand flash drive, since I was given a cheap Kingston model, and it is slower than molases.

I prefer Sandisk, but there are others that work well also.

I don't use USB flash drives any longer, since I use a 80 GB Laptop hard drive in an external case for my flash drive purposes.

I only have to connect a "Y" USB cable into two USB ports for power, but I don't have to fool with a power adapter, and the hard drive is faster than the USB flash drive.

Just some thoughts.
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Look to see if the flash drive is recognised by computer management.

Go to start....
Go to run....
Type in compmgmt.msc and hit ok.
On the left side under storage, click on disk management.
Look on the right side for the flash drive.
If it is present, right click on the drive portion and see what option is available.
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Look to see if the flash drive is recognised by computer management.

Go to start....
Go to run....
Type in compmgmt.msc and hit ok.
On the left side under storage, click on disk management.
Look on the right side for the flash drive.
If it is present, right click on the drive portion and see what option is available.


Nope, its not there, there are just 2 partitions

but when I connect it it recognise it by saying that its the USB 2.0 or something like that

pls help because i had some important for me pictures on there :/
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Can you get a screen shot of device manager?

If device manager does not recognize it, then there will be no way for any other program to even "see" it to try and pull data off of it.
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I've never used this program before and I'm just throwing it out there as a possible suggestion, but what about something like TestDisk to recover the partition?

I've had it in my bag of tricks for awhile, but never had the opportunity to try it out. I guess I should find an old flash drive and do some testing.

Feel free to flame on if I'm way out of the box on this one. :)
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