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    I need your help to rescue my USB flash drive files?

    Last night, in order to upload the USB flash drive files to my computer, I attached it there and tried to open it there. But, I was given a message saying that I needed to format it at first. But, my files there had not been uploaded. I knew it was dangerous to format it at first. The formatting process could clean all my things there. So, I came here and want to find a solution to rescue all my USB flash drive files back. Do you have any idea? Please, help me!

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    The quick and simple first:
    You can attempt to repair it;

    If you have hyper important files on the flash drive you don't want to loose, I would recommend that you image the flash drive first.

    The last option would be a low level format (quick format) and a data recovery application to go to work on it, or the image of the drive.

    *With flash drives there is no guarantee that anything will work.
    So remember to never rely on one single medium for important data.
    Last edited by CLiNT; 2014-04-21 at 02:13.
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    "in order to upload the USB flash drive files to my computer, I attached it there and tried to open it there"
    --- How did the data get onto the flash drive?
    --- Were you working your data on the flash drive itself?
    --- Were you working on another computer, transferred the data to the flash drive and then brought the flash drive over to the Win7 computer?
    --- It sounds like the Win7 computer just wanted to format the flash drive, but how were you trying to upload the flash drive data to the Win7 computer?
    I did a web search for computer wants to format flash drive and got plenty of hits
    --- I cannot tell which choice that might apply to you but try a search
    If you did format the flash drive, that's another story but I'm hoping it's really a matter of finding out how to get the Win7 computer to work with your flash drive without formatting
    Do you have another computer to try your flash drive on and at least save the data
    --- As Clint mentioned: "never rely on one single medium for important data"

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    Try this from

    [Parted Magic Linux Boot was the best solution for me. I booted to a Parted Magic Linux Desktop, using these instructions ( a boot CD, mounted the corrupt drive, and after a few seconds of churning, Linux showed me all of my files and folders exactly how I last saw them. I mounted a secondary USB drive formatted as NTFS, copied everything without a hitch. After the copy, I checked all the files on both my Mac and my PC, everything was perfect.
    Last edited by RetiredGeek; 2014-04-21 at 12:00. Reason: Fixed quote tags.

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    All right, my steps may help you:
    1). Do not format or overwrite this USB flash drive in case of data loss.
    2). Connect this USB flash drive to a computer and check whether all your stored files could be restored by using some data recovery tools like Recuva, 4Card Recovery, iCare Data Recovery Free, EaseUS Data Recovery and more.
    Just select a proper one for your files over the internet carefully.
    3). Save and back up all restored files on another drive in case of data recovery failure.
    Note: Never forget to save all important data on different drives or locations in the future.

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