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Windows 7: USB flash memory has data but doesn't show the contents

19 Jun 2013   #1
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 
USB flash memory has data but doesn't show the contents

Hi all,

My friend's USB flash memory has data (its drive shows that there is data in it) but when I double click on it to open it and see the contents, it doesn't show any folders and files! I did the following works:

1- I scanned it by my updated kaspersky AV. but no threat found
2- Scanned by windows defender tool. same result!
3- scanned by malwarebytes anti-malware. same.
4- cmd (run as administrator) -> go to its drive (e.g., H:, when H is my flash drive) and typing the attarib -s -h *.* /s /d command. It could not to show the data.

All my attempts faced failure till now.

Can anyone help me please?


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19 Jun 2013   #2
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

No one knows!?
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19 Jun 2013   #3
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Does any message appear on screen when you first plug the drive in?
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19 Jun 2013   #4
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

No. Not even the autoplay window.
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19 Jun 2013   #5
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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19 Jun 2013   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You and your friend really need to understand that flash drives are the least reliable of modern storage media. In addition to that there is the risk of them being lost, stolen, physically damaged, files deleted accidentally or maliciously, etc. They should never be trusted as primary storage of important files. They should be used primarily as a transport media where the files are stored om some other media.

All important files, regardless of the media on which they are stored, need at least 1 backup copy. Files of particular importance need 2 or more backup copies.

Data recovery by any method is always hit or miss and cannot be relied on.
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19 Jun 2013   #7
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Comp Cmndo View Post
Recovery is the last solution. Anyway thanks.
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19 Jun 2013   #8
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
You and your friend really need to understand that flash drives are the least reliable of modern storage media. In addition to that there is the risk of them being lost, stolen, physically damaged, files deleted accidentally or maliciously, etc. They should never be trusted as primary storage of important files. They should be used primarily as a transport media where the files are stored om some other media.

All important files, regardless of the media on which they are stored, need at least 1 backup copy. Files of particular importance need 2 or more backup copies.

Data recovery by any method is always hit or miss and cannot be relied on.
Thanks for your advice. After that, I think I need the solution for this problem.
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19 Jun 2013   #9
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

In place recovery of data is a chancy business as it may leave the drive in a worse state than it is now. Your best and safest option is a recovery utility such as Recuva which will attempt to copy recoverable files to another drive, such as a hard drive. If that doesn't work commercial data recovery may be the only option. This is very expensive, even more so than for conventional drives. As I mentioned previously, data recovery is not guaranteed to work.
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20 Jun 2013   #10
khoshtipi

windows 7 Ultimate X86
 
 

I tried the command mentioned at beginning several times. Finally it worked and I could to see the contents. But there is a lock image on my folders (as I attached its file below). What's that lock sign and how to remove it and return the shape of the folders to their default state?


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