Thread: Flash drive no longer formatted
October 7th, 2008, 04:05 PM #1
Flash drive no longer formatted
Well, my Corsair flash drive decided to delete it's partition. It reads as being empty, and not having any bytes available.
Windows gives a 'drive not formatted' message, and Ubuntu essentially gives the same thing.
I did try a file recovery program, CONVAR & PCinspector Data Recovery Datenrettung recupero dati datarecovery récupération données , but it doesn't detect any data as well.
There are a couple documents that I would like to get off of the flash drive, and I am wondering if it is possible. I don't believe it is possible, but is there a way to restore the partitions?
Thank you for the help.
October 7th, 2008, 04:29 PM #2
Do you have another pc you can try the drive in?
Are you using the safely remove function to help avoid deal like this?The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
October 7th, 2008, 05:46 PM #3
I'm sure that you're aware by now, but just in case:
Flash drives/sticks should be mainly intended as temporary storage, not holding the main version of any data.
If you have kept the original/main data on this drive it could be gone, esp when noting that you've checked it in two computers, but test it in another computer to see what it says.
October 7th, 2008, 09:53 PM #4
I do use the safely remove feature.
I tried formatting the drive under Windows, and it doesn't work, I believe one of the "cylinders" is bad (892, at 38% of the drive).
It formats and checks out on Linux, and when I check the drive under Windows after the format from Linux, it says it is ok. I also then tried the drive format under Windows again, and it failed. Under Ubuntu Linux [GParted], and it works, and the drive's Filesystem is ok under both OS's.
The data wasn't all that valuable, just assignments that have been turned in and I have hard copies of.
October 8th, 2008, 05:53 AM #5
In Windows, try zapping the partition and then recreate it/format.The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
October 8th, 2008, 07:31 AM #6
October 8th, 2008, 07:37 AM #7
For whatever reason, Disk Management won't let me delete the Partition.
Any idea as to why?
October 8th, 2008, 08:28 AM #8
What happens/doesn't happen when you try?The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.
October 8th, 2008, 10:35 AM #9
October 8th, 2008, 07:29 PM #10
The flash is now dead.
It refuses to format under both OS's.
October 10th, 2008, 05:40 PM #11
Are you able to see it in Computer Management...?
I had this a little while ago with a HDD not showing/working properly. It showed up in Computer Management though. What I did was to right click the disk (grey bit on L - normally numbered "DISK 1" etc...) then re-initialise it - or something like that.
I can't remember it fully now as:
1) I don't have that option on the computer I'm using now
2) it was a couple of months ago
3) I've had a bit to drink...... (Anyone who knows me knows that I measure my spirits vertically, in inches up the side of the pint glass....)
October 10th, 2008, 05:52 PM #12
I ended up RMAing the drive, as Corsair said that if you can't format the drive via the command line or Windows, then it needs to be replaced.
October 10th, 2008, 05:53 PM #13
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