recover data from usb drive

Posted on 2005-05-02
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I plugged in my usb drive (512 Mb, Fat 16) to copy some data from HDD (laptop).  Then rebooted with XP Pro cd to install a clean copy.  I then deleted the partitions.  Forgot I still had the drive plugged in the back and deleted that partition.  Can't seem to get the data back.  So far i have tried:

Active Undelete Enterprise 2.0
Disk Commander data recovery
File Scavenger Data recovery
Ontrack Easy Recovery Pro 6.0

I think thats it.

Any other "Free" products worth trying?  (would like data back, but not worth a lot of money)


Question by:JasonMcBee
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    I'll be honest with you, I had a similar situation occur and I was unable to recover the data. I had a hard drive go bad, but just one partition of it. Tried to use every one of those above, and still was unable to recover any of the data. After some frustration, I formatted that partition. i was able to see it again, but what bits and pieces those data recovery programs listed above found before, were now gone.

    I even looked at one of the pay services, cost about 100 dollars for 2 gigs of data recovery, and after a format it was not able to recover anything.

    I'm afraid there is not going to be a "free" way to recover that data, and honstly probably not even a software way to do it. It would probably need to be taken to one of those data recovery centers to have a chance.
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    Have you tried the Windows recycle bin?  Or, if you have Norton, the Norton Unersase wizard?  No guarantees, but I'd try those first.
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    You can try these. But if Ontrack doesn't do it, it might be gone for good.   : /

    File Recovery is a data recovery program that supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems. The current version 3.x replaces the previous version 2.x, which is now over 6 years old.


    For 9x/NT/2K/XP. Restore deleted files that are no longer in the Recycle Bin!

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    Assisted Solution

    i found this :

    Whenever you experience data loss due to accidental erase or corruption immediately STOP using the USB flash drive. Try to retrieve the data is through recovery software, such as Image Rescue 2 or Image Recall 2, which are available at computer retail stores.

    you can also try these :                                    Stellar                                    Restorer 2000                        Restoration                  pc Inspector                        flash recovery                                       Easy Recovery                                    Test Disk + utils                              zero assumption

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    I have gotten my data back!!

    In my original post, I forgot to mention PC Inspector.  But going back through the links provided, I noticed that I tried PC Inspector Smart Recovery (for flash media) and had not tried File Recovery.

    I tried several different products and none would work.  So I formatted the disk as none could find any partition info and was stopping there.  Then I tried PC File Recovery, and it worked.  Kept erroring out, but about the third or fourth attempt, it got all data back.

    I decided to split the points since both mentioned the software that worked.  I did however, give the first response a little more for being first.

    Thanks for you help!!

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    Expert Comment

    Thank you much.    : )

    Glad your data is back. I bet it will be awhile before you forget to unplug it again.   : D

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