I turned my computer tower over this morning and in the process my usb flash drive was bent. The metal tip came out on one side and now the device is not working at all. My life is on this device and I desperately need the data from it. Does anyone know a way to at least retrieve the information from the device??? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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There is a way to make it not inaccessible but that would require you to reformat it using the steps below:..
1. To verify that the USB flash drive is actually the cause of the problem by inserting the drive into a USB port on a different computer. Check to see if the drive remains inaccessible on the separate computer drive. Plug the USB flash drive back into the original USB port if it still shows up as inaccessible.
2. Please open the computer's Start menu and then click on the "My Computer" button to bring up a new window with a list of the drives connected to the PC. Find the "Map A Network Drive" button at the top of the new window. Click on the button and wait for another window to pop up on the screen.
3. Now click on the "Drive Letter" drop-down menu at the top left side of the window. Select a drive letter that you want to use for the USB flash drive. Click on the "Browse" button and then locate the USB flash drive. Click on the drive and then click on the "Open" button. Click on the "Finish" button and then restart the computer.
4. Please return to the Start menu and then open the Control Panel. Double-click the icon in the window labeled as "Administrative Tools." Scroll down through the new list of options that will populate the window and then double-click the "Computer Management" link. Click on "Allow" if your computer's operating system asks for your permission to open the Computer Management menu.
5. Find the "Storage" button at the left side of the window and click on it to bring up a new list of options. Click on the option labeled as "Disk Management" and wait for the list of attached disk drives to populate the panel at the middle of the window.
6. Right-click on the drive letter you selected earlier when you mapped the USB flash drive to the computer. Click on the menu option labeled "Format." Make sure that the "File System" heading is set to "NTFS" and then click on "Start" to reformat the drive. Volia.
7. Restart your computer once the reformatting process has completely finished. Attempt to use the USB flash drive again. If still no luck, try purchasing an entirely new flash drive if the computer still will not recognize the drive, as that will indicate it is defective or physically damaged somehow.
Boot up your computer and find an open USB port. These are small, rectangular ports typically on the sides or backs of laptop computers, or on the fronts or backs of desktop towers.
Plug your flash drive into the USB port. The drive will slide in only if it is turned in the right direction, so if you have trouble inserting it, turn it over.
Make sure your computer sees the flash drive. It should launch a menu, letting you know that it has found a new storage device. You can choose an option from the menu or close the menu if you don't need to immediately access the flash drive.
Install the flash drive's driver if your computer doesn't recognize the flash drive. The flash drive's packaging should include the manufacturer's website address. Open your Internet browser, go to that address, and download the flash drive's driver from the site. Install the driver on your computer. After that, your computer should be able to recognize your drive.
I had the same situation happen to me. My flash drive was in my computer on my coffee table and my dog tripped over the power wire for the laptop and it hit the floor bending the flash drive to about a 22 degree angle. I gently grasped the metal portion that inserts into the usb port and slowly bent it back to the original position and it worked fine. Two weeks later my dog ate the damn thing!! If you attempt to bend it back, make sure that you do not use pliers or any tool that may crush the metal portion or bend it out of shape. If you have an old computer or a usb port on a wire or hub, insert it, and bend it by hand. Good luck and I hope this helps.
i) try connecting it on the USB port present at backside or back panel of your computer tower, sometimes USB port present on the frontel panel of your computer might malfunctione or not working properly........