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Windows 7: USB drive needs formatting? How do I save my data?

19 Nov 2014   #1
HarryCM

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USB drive needs formatting? How do I save my data?

Okay so as ridiculous as it sounds I forgot to make a back up, sue me.

But anyway, I have a lot of important data on this USB that I need to save or recover somehow, and I don't want to just format it and try to recover it that way in case I lose it all forever. I have tried several programs that are meant to be able to recover the data, but all have been unable to even detect the drive even though it appears in the Computer folder.

I attached some photos, can someone help me?

Error message displayed when inserting USB:


Properties of the USB:


Error when attempting Chkdsk:



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19 Nov 2014   #2
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Just for information, tell us: What all recovery programs did you run?

From the chkdsk operation you carried out, I see your drive appears RAW.

To confirm please post a screenshot of Windows Disk Management - with your external drive connected.

If it does appear RAW,

Download , install and Run MiniTools Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1. http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

Run the Partition Recovery Wizard in it, selecting your external drive.

Partition Recovery>Full Disk>Next> Quick Scan>Next

Post the screenshot of the resulting screen.
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19 Nov 2014   #3
HarryCM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Certainly, thanks for the quick response. I ran Asoftech Data Recovery, iCare Data Recovery 5.1, Remo Remover 4.0, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard 8.5 all of which couldn't even detect the device.

I get to the Partition recovery wizard, but I am unable to select the USB, only my hard drive. Is this correct?


Running the partition Recovery Wizard:


EDIT: After removing the USB and putting it back in, I ran the program again, this time I was able to select disk 2.

Here are the results:
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19 Nov 2014   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Your external drive is not seen.

Please shutdown your PC. Plug out your external drive.

Reboot your PC. Plug in your external drive. Does it show up the sameway as in your first post?????

Does it say you need to format the drive? Do not format.

Go to Windows Disk Management and post a screenshot.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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19 Nov 2014   #5
HarryCM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It pops up that I need to format the drive whenever I plug in the external drive.

Windows Disk Management:
USB drive needs formatting? How do I save my data?-capture.jpg


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19 Nov 2014   #6
jumanji

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Why is it showing as just 8MB?

Details of your external drive needed. Make/Model/capacity.
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19 Nov 2014   #7
HarryCM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It's a cheap one I got free with a newspaper ages ago, therefore I don't know the make or model, I just removed the casing, the microprocessor states:
"Chipsbank JC9068 D2J308-25P"
It's capacity was previously 1Gb however, I assumed the 8Mb was something to do with the error with the USB.

Photos of USB:


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19 Nov 2014   #8
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Were you able to access that 1 GB before and the data you had put in there was accessible before?

Whether your answer is a yes or no, irrespective, I am afraid that the free bird is dead.
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19 Nov 2014   #9
HarryCM

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Okay, thank you so much anyway for the help it is greatly appreciated, I'm going to just try formatting it and then doing a recovery and see if that works. Thanks again!
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19 Nov 2014   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Please keep us posted of your experiments. Nothing like not giving up easily and experimenting. Success or no success, it will atleast give out some consolation and satisfaction that you did your best. Good luck.
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