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I have a Dane Elec 256MB Flash Drive which gives me an error message that "The disk in drive E is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" I do not want to format this drive because I have data on it that I really need. Can someone please assist with this issue? Thanks Sunil

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I don't you can solve this at home. You need expert that have hardware and software to retreive your data for you.

The reason you get this message is because your flash drive lost the header to tell the computer how to retreive your info.

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