Recovering / Formatting MicroVault

Posted on 2004-11-18
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
My MicroVault thumbdrive is behaving strangely.  Win XP is able to recognise the drive but the usable space is 0 byte.  Therefore I am unable to write to the thumbdrive.
What can I do to recover the thumbdrive.  I have tried the format option in windows explorer but it doesn't seem to have any effect.
Question by:jasonpng
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    Accepted Solution

    My Microdrive is formatted as a FAT drive so one of these might halp

    File Recovery

    When a file is deleted either from the Network, By a program or from the Command Line, is does not get put into the recycle bin. However the file is NOT erased, instead the information that points to the file is erased. By erasing the pointer, the file becomes "Invisible" to the Operating system. Using Third party software these files can be recovered.

    NOTE: remove the offending Hard Drive and fit in in a working PC as a slave drive - Deleted files get overwritten FIRST so just installing recovery software can over-write them.

    **********Freeware Recovery Tools**********

    Deleted File Analysis

    PC Inspector
    (FAT 12/16/32 NTFS)

    (Also have a Netware version - NOT FREE)

    **********TrialWare Recovery Tools**********

    Undelete 3.0 (30 Day trial available)
    (NT/2K/XP) - Can run direct from the CD

    File Recover

    (FAT12/16/32 NTFS NTFS5 and Ext2FS)

    Recover My Files

    **********Shareware Recovery Tools**********

    File Scavenger
    (NT/2K/XP) - Supports Reformatted Volumes -Limited to 32Kb file size!

    GetDataBack for FAT
    (FAT) Works Even After FDisk and Format, Can run Over the network.

    GetDataBack for NTFS
    (NTFS) Works Even After FDisk and Format, Can run Over the network.

    Active@ UNDELETE
    (FAT 12/16/32 NTFS) Runs From MMC Console

    Active@ UNERASER
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    FinalData Plus

    ************Commercial Products************

    File Restore ($39.00)

    HDR Data Recovery ($485.00) Trail available

    **********Good Link to More Info***********

    If not Its a safe bet your snookered - sorry

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    by:Pete Long
    microvaults are formatted at FAT32 (I have three of them) the tools above can recover the files providing they have not been over-written

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