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My memory stick has stopped working and the drive letter that was associated with it has changed.

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I had a 16 GB Ryval USB stick plugged in and it suddenly stopped working. Tried in another pc - says it's malfunctioning and windows can't recognise it. The drive letter it was mapped to was I. Now I have a drive E that has appeared and is called memory stick, but it doesn't recognise the stick when I plug it in. The hard drive LED is now constantly flashing as well (I don't think it did before), I'm running a virus scan. Can anyone advise please? There is data on the stick I'd like to retreive if I can....

Many thanks in advance
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It is likely finished. This is not uncommon. If you are lucky, Badcopy Pro will recover your data. Download the demo to see, buy to recover.

http://www.jufsoft.com/badcopy/

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by:Juliamac
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Hi,

I just downloaded a trial version, should I stop the anti virus scan whilst I install it?
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Shouldn't matter. If you want to, disconnect from internet to be safe.

Chris B
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Thanks,

I just ran it but was warned that the disk was in a very bad state, and decided to stop it as no recoverable files were being found. Do you think that the LED activity could be related i.e. might it point to malware or hardware failure?
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