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      • #2335591
        WSjcgc50
        AskWoody Lounger

        I’ve been trying to view the files on a PNY flash drive. I’ve tried with three different Win 10 computers. It doesn’t show up in windows explorer. I can see it in device mgr. It was listed as some Innostor Flash Drive. I tried uninstalling the device and was able to access it once afterward but didn’t have an external source to copy the files to at hand. Haven’t been able to repeat that again.

        Here is what I see when I access its properties. Any suggestions?

         

         

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      • #2335597
        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        It’s likely the flash drive is corrupt.

        Do you have another flash drive available?

        Do you have the flash drive contents available on another drive or device?

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      • #2335619
        WSjcgc50
        AskWoody Lounger

        I agree that it is likely corrupt. I do have other drives that work. However, I would like to rescue these files. They wouldn’t be a critical loss.

      • #2335706
        WSjcgc50
        Guest

        I agree that it is likely corrupt. I do have other drives that work. However, I would like to rescue these files. They wouldn’t be a critical loss.

        Thanks for the suggestion. I downloaded and tried the software. It sees the drive but when I start the process it gives me an error message and suggests that I unplug the USB and plug it back and it still doesn’t work.

        I’ve previously uninstalled the device on all three windows machines. That worked the first time and I wish I had tried to copy the data at that point. I can see the device in disk management but it simply says there’s no media. I’ve tried changing the drive letter as well.

        It may be time to pitch this drive and move on.

      • #2335867
        WSjcgc50
        AskWoody Lounger

        Try rescuing the data with the free Portable Recuva app.
        Use ‘deep scan’

        • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by Alex5723.

        I downloaded the Windows version of the app and the problem is that none of these programs can see the drive because it doesn’t show in windows explorer.

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      • #2335893
        anonymous
        Guest

        You could try Photorec, it is free , but it may also not see the drive.  https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step

      • #2336232
        EP
        AskWoody_MVP

        @WSjcgc50

        looks like your PNY flash drive is pretty much dead & is non-recoverable
        get a new flash drive from a different manufacturer like either SanDisk or Kingston

        I had that happen to be once with an old PNY 16gb usb drive a few years ago where none of my PCs can no longer recognize it after using that flash drive for several years

      • #2336244
        mn–
        AskWoody Lounger

        Every now and then it’s possible to read one of these in Linux. Other times that doesn’t work either.

        … and then there’s that one failure mode where you can make Linux keep retrying in raw mode and get something at a rate of about 2 to 8 Mbytes per day, which is just no fun at all… and then it turns out that you got zeroes from that particular block that should’ve held the actually useful data. BTDT, was an ancient 128 MB drive.

        • #2336248
          Microfix
          AskWoody MVP

          ah yes, that has happened to me in the past with a toshiba 16Gb flashdrive. Windows refused to see it, tried it in GNU linux and wow, things were there long enough to get the data copied (unfortunately not all) as the flash device had some sort of corruption.
          I didn’t try anything else, took the dataloss hit and just disposed of the flashdrive at the local recycling centre along with other electronic waste.

      • #2336267
        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        For what it’s worth, this method has been recommended with failing hard drives, but I don’t know if it will work with flash drives. Place the flash drive in the refrigerator a few hours, then try to read from it. I never tried placing any hardware in the refrigerator.

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