Data recovery from memory sticks ?

was just curious as to the best method of data recovery from a memory stick thats about to fail ?
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gecko_au2003Asked:
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yessirnosirConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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yessirnosirCommented:
...typo, s.b. PC Inspector Smart Recovery.

works great on most flash memory products for video, photos, sound files.   Have used a couple of times after unintentionally deleting photos.  Also successfully recovered files twice from SD cards that had been damaged somehow and were unreadable with normal tools.
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David WallConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Pc inspector is good for images, if it fails and the data is none image based try using getbackdata providing you can open the file on the machine i.e  have app to open file you should be able to save back to host PC otherwise you need to buy the app.

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A. Cristian CsikiConnect With a Mentor Senior System AdministratorCommented:
http://www.restorer2000.com/      -- Restorer 2000
http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizardpro/index.htm            -- Data Recovery Wizard Professional 3.0
http://www.finaldata.com/                                       -- Finaldata

This were the best I used in recovery from harddisks and memory sticks with deleted data or formated partition.
Hope it helps. Cheers
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Gary CaseConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
"... best method of data recovery from a memory stick thats about to fail ? " ==> Hi Shane.   Since you are apparently psychic and know it's "... about to fail ...", then why not just copy all of the data off of it and stop using it :-)

... but just in case it's actually failed, I've also heard good things about PC Inspector Smart Recovery, as suggested above.
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
i support Gary here : if it still works, just copy the data, before it fails, and only use it for non critical data
if it does not work anymore, depending on the failure, recovery is harder, or not possible at all.
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gecko_au2003Author Commented:
LOL @ Gary

At the place I work ( A school ) we had a teacher come to us and she was having a hard time getting any machine recognize it, when I plugged it in it was flashing ( literally every second it was appearing and dis appearing ). Rebooted windows because it popped up saying it had to reboot in order to install some drivers for the device, so I rebooted and it managed to keep the memory stick in my computer but it refused to copy one file ( which was lucky ), she obviously couldn't get windows to install the drivers since she is a restricted user on the network which uses Active Directory, Group policies etc.
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Gary CaseConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
If you've recovered all but one file with a simple copy your teacher friend is lucky ... you probably don't need recovery software (depending, of course, on just how important the unrecovered file is).

Glad the memory stick decided to "fail softly" ==> it's always nice when you get some warning of impending doom and can act on it, as you did :-)    [It still amazes me how many folks have, for example, hard drives that start acting strange (random sector failures) ... but still have no backups when, a few days later, the drive completely fails.]
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deaditeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'd agree with the PC Inspector software.... works great.  Also, if you are having trouble reading it.... here is a good utility that copies everything including corrupt files:

Unstoppable Copier
http://www.roadkil.net/unstopcp.html
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gecko_au2003Author Commented:
" [It still amazes me how many folks have, for example, hard drives that start acting strange (random sector failures) ... but still have no backups when, a few days later, the drive completely fails.]"

@ Gary

I think thats the point where you just smile and wave LOL

Or at least thats what they do to there data , they are like oh its ok its just my very critical data that I need or else but heck its a computer it will live LOL
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