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Need to format flash drive, but want to keep data

I have an old flash drive that has some data i need to access. however, whenever i attach it to the usb port, it says it requires formatting. is there any way to get around this or to format the flash drive, without losing the data?

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    need to get data off a flash drive without formating it

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Try 2 get a software caller get data back. format your flashdrive and retrieve back the data using that software. software is readily available on torrent site just download it. t.y.

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What process did you use? You need to make sure that the USB is formatted clean via FAT32 by right-clicking the drive and formatting it. Do not choose the quick format, and let it sit. Go watch some TV or something and then come back depending on how much data is on there. Then you can extract your ISO from the Original Windows 7/Xp/VISTA or the recovery Disc from Gateway to the Flash drive and reboot. Make sure in the BIOS (by hitting f2 when the splash logo appears) that you go to boot management and only select that the flash drive is the boot device or external device. Then when it boots up, and starts installing, the first time it restarts it will keep rebooting unless you remove the flash drive because the first time around it installs the image to the hard drive. Then re-plug the flash drive back in to keep the installation going only AFTER the first restart, then don't forget to go back to your bios and change your boot priority to the hard drive.

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How to fix No Bootable Media Error Message


FAT (File Allocation Table) is one of the most widely used file systems used now-a-days with various versions of Windows operating systems and memory cards. Every logical partition contains a FAT that consists of file allocation information and the information of free allocation units that need to be assigned to files. Although the FAT file system is reliable, corruption still occurs due to various reasons. In such situations of FAT corruption, your system becomes unbootable, resulting into inaccessibility of data saved in FAT based hard drive. To access the data after FAT file system damage, an easy way is to restore the data from an updated backup. But, with inaccessibility of data backup or backup falling short to restore the required data, an ideal option left is to use an advanced FAT Data Recoveryapplication that can recover the lost data.

To illustrate the above scenario, consider a practical case the below error message pops up when you attempt to boot your system:

“No Bootable Media”

As the above error message appears at the time of booting the system, you wont be able to access the data saved in the hard drive.

Cause:

The above error message because the FAT file system has been corrupted. Few main causes for file system damage are improper system shutdown, human errors, and virus attack.

Resolution:

To isolate the above error message and to access the data after the above error message appears, you will need to follow the below steps:

Run CHKDSK utility to repair the FAT file system. If the problem persists, format the hard drive.

While the latter resolution resolves the above error message completely, it also deletes the data saved on your hard drive. In such cases, if the backup is not available, then you can only recover your formatted data by using an advanced third-party FAT Data Recovery software.

A FAT Partition Recovery utility thoroughly scans a FAT based hard drive and recovers almost all data, even after formatting. The data recovery utility can be downloaded from the Internet.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is an efficient FAT Partition Recovery tool that recover lost, deleted, and formatted data from both FAT (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT) and NTFS (NTFS, and NTFS5 ) based hard drives. The detailed help manual attached with the tool allows even a new user to perform recovery easily without any technical knowledge. It supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.

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Is a flash drive good for saving documents on my computer? how would i use it if it can be used for this?


Yes , Flash drive is a good way of saving data from your computer it can also act as a back up of the data from the computer that you can access anytime, by simply connecting it to a USB port of computer.
Flash drive can be connected to a computer that has a USB port almost all computer has a a USB port including your computer.

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Reformat?????????


Whenever I install I prefer to do a fresh install and not select repair. I find I am much happier in the long run, unless of course there is data on the drive you are trying to save and then I will try to use repair get the data I need and then do a fresh install.

You can try repair again and if it happens again then I would suggest selecting to format it, do a fresh install, however your installation disc prompts.

If you need the information on the computer and know how to use DOS you can create a boot cd and use a flash/usb/thumb drive to copy the data you want to save. I you need to do this let me know and I will tell you what you need to do.

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