Jump to content

Return to Piriform.com

Photo

Question about flashdrive reformatting and data recovery


  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 OFFLINE sth_txs

sth_txs

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:54 PM

I have a flash drive that is found by Windows and if using Linux only shows up in the devices. It is identified by both operating systems as a US Best USB2 flash storage device.

I believe what happened is that I was trying to load a PDF file that was too large and had exit out of the program. Somehow, something became corrupted. It indicate 0 bytes available even though it is a 2GB flash drive.

I did not delete or do anything else to the flashdrive.

Is it possible to reformat the flash drive and then recover data?

#2 OFFLINE CTskifreak

CTskifreak

    Power Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1,423 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:CT, USA

Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:14 PM

I would try to use Recuva on it. Do a deep scan with it and try to pull your files off of it. It will be harder to recover the drive once you format it.

AJ

#3 OFFLINE sth_txs

sth_txs

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts

Posted 12 June 2009 - 02:00 PM

I would try to use Recuva on it. Do a deep scan with it and try to pull your files off of it. It will be harder to recover the drive once you format it.

AJ


I tried that. Since Recuva is beholden to the OS, it will not allow me to access the card for scanning or anything else for that matter.

I select the usb drive and press scan. 'Scan in progress briefly flashes' and then it says 'the parameter is incorrect'.

I was wonder if there some linux/bash tricks to do this.