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How do you determine whether a flash drive is dead? I cannot find it on disk management.

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Hello,

I have a USB thumb drive that is not being detected. I am trying to retrieve files from it but I cannot connect to it. I don't see it on "My Computer" and I can't see it on Disk Management.

The USB drive lights turn on as soon as you plug it in but I do not see any reaction from the computer.

I have tried it on multiple computers and all have the same result.
Is this thumb drive no longer functional? Or is there another way to check to see if its still working?

I checked on Windows XP / 7.
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>>  I have tried it on multiple computers and all have the same result.

If they can't see it and they can see other flash drives it is dead.
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may want to try testdisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) to see if it can seen.
if not, suggestion is to backup data using getdataback (http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm)

Some forum has suggested changing of format to NTFS but I still think it is better to backup data
also if at bios bootup, you may be able to see it (at least confirm it is not totally dead
@ http://www.pendrivelinux.com/setting-usb-boot-options-phoenix-award-bios/
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Tried testdisk and it worked. Thanks
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