My USB pen containing valuable data has gone corrupt. When plugged it it is recognised by the computer but when trying to access the files i get the message "insert a disk into drive E" and or "the disk in drive E is not formatted would you like to fomat?" How can i get the data back?
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Re: USB device corrupted
Sometimes this is caused by a bad upper and lower filter from cdrom burning apps. try plugging it in to another pc or.. http://www.cdr-zone.com/forum/about4719.html&highlight=filtercheck the 4.6 removal tool. if that didnt work then recoverymanager might. http://vaiosoft.com/products/recoverymanager.html
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This always depends upon how valuable the data is.
fixmbr in the recovery console will not harm the drive IF you can get into it by way of the USB interface. You might consider removing the hard drive and putting into a desktop , directly connected to the SATA IDE controller to eliminate the eSATA USB interface as the cause of the problem.
Run chkdsk /r as soon as you find a way to get access.
Use command line options that you know what they do, but I would tread lightly since more damage can be caused.
The error 10 is an indicator of a drive gone bad. But, there are a few on there that say they were able to get them working again. If you device is under warranty, try working with Seagate support first for a replacement. If you have data on them, you may need a recovery specialist to salvage that data.
I have a 250 g ext.drive. I moved all my pictures from my pc to it and now the hard drive will not open. It is nearly full. It acts like there are no files on it. What should I do, unplug it?, restart the pc, plug it into another usb port on the pc.....help????...all of my pictures are gone!!!!!..........RB
Well, in your case you should format the external drive and then try some so-called data recovery software.
First of ALL - Connect your hard drive to your personal computer. And install this software Wondershare Data Recovery on the computer in order to perform data recovery. Get the program from its site. data recovery (for Windows OS) Mac data recovery (for Mac OS X)
Good luck. I hope that my reply has shed some light on the problem!
I've had this same problem with a number of Cruzer Titaniums. In my case, it seemed to have been due to data corruption. There seems to a section of the flash that is dedicated not to storage but to helping the computer recognize the device. Once this gets trashed, I don't know of a way that the end user can fix the problem. What a waste, because in all other aspects the device is probably still ok. Kind of like a PC with a corrupted BIOS image.