Jump to content
liquido

USB Flash Drive Problem

Recommended Posts

liquido

For some reason my Flash drive is not recognizable.All 3 USB ports are working on my laptop because other devices are able to work..I even tryed it in my tablet USB port but still not recognizing it..Its a 32gb Scandisk, that I have had for a couple years..I did have a habit of always leaving it plugged in if that made a differance..I do have some data on it that I would like to get back ...Is there a last ditch remedy that I could try before I smash it? Never had one crap out like this.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mikala

Did you try going to Control Panel, then Administrative Tools, Computer Management and then Disk Management to see if it's recognized there? I've had problems with USB drives before that I had to reconfigure using the tools contained therein. :)

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
liquido

Yes I have tryed that also with no luck recognizing it there...I do have another USB flash drive that works fine so I know its not my laptop or tablet..I really did not know that they can burnout or whatever..

Edited by liquido

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
liquido
18 minutes ago, Woolf said:

life expectancy usb flash drives

http://www.flashbay.com/blog/usb-life-expectancy

"Also, you should “Eject” the drive (Do a right click on the USB drive and select “Eject”) before removing it from your computer.

Do not leave it plugged to the computer for prolonged period of time. If you do not use it, just unplug it from your computer."

Im Guilty...

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
musicman666

Quite a rare occurrence ....I have accumulated a lot of drives in various forms over the years ...generally treated them badly and never had one go down ...I wish I could say the same for hard drives which I nurse like babies and for no reason they just disappear on me ...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rep1

tried other computers?

flash drive, like SSD, is certain to die after some amounts of writes. Non-recoverable, everything would be lost.

It's usually a good idea to backup important data in traditional HDD, which would give you lots of warnings before final death.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
musicman666
31 minutes ago, rep1 said:

tried other computers?

flash drive, like SSD, is certain to die after some amounts of writes. Non-recoverable, everything would be lost.

It's usually a good idea to backup important data in traditional HDD, which would give you lots of warnings before final death.

No ...hard drives can fail instantly as well...this much I know..a physical head crash can not only fail but trash the disk in the process....no storage is immune from immediate failure.

but having your data in two places at least is common sense.

Edited by musicman666
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
rep1
43 minutes ago, musicman666 said:

No ...hard drives can fail instantly as well...this much I know..a physical head crash can not only fail but trash the disk in the process....no storage is immune from immediate failure.

but only if you hit it hard?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
thebob

Last ditch attempt is to freeze it. Sometimes a trace gets cracked. Put it in a ziplock bag to keep it dry, put in the freezer, or a bowl of salted ice. Remove from bag and try immediately to recover data. Good luck.

  • Like 6
  • Thanks 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
broden
1 hour ago, thebob said:

Last ditch attempt is to freeze it. Sometimes a trace gets cracked. Put it in a ziplock bag to keep it dry, put in the freezer, or a bowl of salted ice. Remove from bag and try immediately to recover data. Good luck.

seen this work first hand

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
musicman666
8 hours ago, rep1 said:

but only if you hit it hard?

Not necessarily ...could be something like a power spike or a sudden power cut or maybe a build up of heat ...and sometimes they just fail for no apparent reason.

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
M.C.A.

I have one USB stick that has to be moved around in and out or side ways before it's recognized.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
lamoe
43 minutes ago, M.C.A. said:

I have one USB stick that has to be moved around in and out or side ways before it's recognized.

Check pin plate for dirt and if bent down (away from contacts)

 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
liquido
10 hours ago, thebob said:

Last ditch attempt is to freeze it. Sometimes a trace gets cracked. Put it in a ziplock bag to keep it dry, put in the freezer, or a bowl of salted ice. Remove from bag and try immediately to recover data. Good luck.

All I can say is YOUR THE MAN....It worked...I placed the USB drive in the freezer like you said in a ziplock bag for about 6 hours..I then took it out and promptly put the drive into my laptop..Right away it started blinking and all the files popped up on the screen..I immediately transferred them to my laptop..The USB drive finally crapped out in about 10 mins,plenty of time...Unfrickin believeable.....Thanks Again  

  • Like 10
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Adsbygoogle

    Advert

  • Adsbygoogle

    Advert

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, Guidelines and use of We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..