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whodoyoulike
04-09-2016, 05:58 PM
I recently had one of my USB flash drives fail (access and retrieval) drive not recognized. It was my first USB drive which I purchased 15 +/- years ago (250 mb). Wasn't aware they could fail since they had no moving parts. Here's an article too late for me but may help you......

http://www.datarecovery.net/newsletters/what-kills-flash-drive.aspx

tupper
04-09-2016, 11:26 PM
http://www.datarecovery.net/newsletters/what-kills-flash-drive.aspx
"But in some rare cases, the unsafe removal can also damage cells, which hold internal flash drive information, and cannot be accessed or repaired by operating systems. To extract information after this kind of failure you need help from a data recovery services professional."Meaning: "You cannot possibly recover the data yourself -- you must hire us."

LOL! Folks, don't react like sheeple to the FUD. Just use PhotoRec (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec). It is absolutely free and open source and it has been around forever. If PhotoRec can't recover the data, it is likely that no other software can.

After grabbing all available data with PhotoRec, you can use it's companion software, TestDisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) (also free and open source) to try and rebuild the partition (if the partition/journal is borked).

If PhotoRec doesn't work, then consider going to a specialist -- either there is no data to be recovered or there is probably a hardware/circuitry problem.

Zaf
04-10-2016, 01:25 AM
I recently had one of my USB flash drives fail (access and retrieval) drive not recognized. It was my first USB drive which I purchased 15 +/- years ago (250 mb). Wasn't aware they could fail since they had no moving parts. Here's an article too late for me but may help you......

http://www.datarecovery.net/newsletters/what-kills-flash-drive.aspx

I had a memory card fail as well, bummer the one time i was to Niagara Falls, stunning pictures, all gone :(

Z