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Data Loss on Thumb Drive

Hi Experts,

I am having a PEN Drive (Kingston Data Traveller G3 - 16GB). In the morning I was using the PEN Drive on one of my PC's and it was working fine. Then I Shut down the system and plugged my PEN drive on to another system. And it gave the message like that "The disk is not formatted. You need to format it now". When all other methods failed, I formatted the drive and from then onwards its size has been changed to mere 8MB. I have no clue how that happened and need to get the data back.

The drive had a hidden 2GB volume encrypted with the help of TrueCrypt algorithm which could be mounted using only a password.

Regards
Kanwaljit
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sjl1986Commented:
What operating system are you using? You need to plug in the drive and go to "Computer Management" under the control panel > administrative tools. From there look under the "disk management" category and you can see the disk drives that you have plugged in. If you are lucky, you didn't format the entire drive and you can see the partitions listed there, but usually if you have formatted it, you have lost everything.

You may be able to use some tools however to save the data. Try this tool to repair the Boot Sector  - TestDisk

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

You can also try tools like : Recuva or Glary Undelete to recover the deleted files individually. If you are able to recover the entire TrueCrypt partition you could possibly open it and get your files out.

All in all, I'd say you have a slim chance at recovering any of the files. I hate to be brutally honest, but sometimes that's the way it goes with data recovery and formatting. I cannot stress enough the importance of backing up your data and backing up your backups. You never know when you'll have a failure or a natural disaster that takes everything. So always perform onsite and offsite backups.
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Kanwal_No2Author Commented:
I am using Windows XP SP3
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Kanwal_No2Author Commented:
I have tried as you guided above. Following is a screenshot attached. My drive is listed as Drive I
Disk-Mgt.png
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shahzoorCommented:
use paragon partition manager
www.partition-manager.com

It will show all hidden partitions
then Format it in NTFS
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sjl1986Commented:
If you format it in NTFS, you will lose your data if it is not already loss. This is just a warning, otherwise shahzoor's comment will likely recover your storage space.
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Kanwal_No2Author Commented:
My drive is showing incorrect size. Is that a hindrance to successful recovery ?
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shahzoorCommented:
not its not, you need to make sure that you dont have any important stuff in your pen drive
Then use paragon partition manager
www.partition-manager.com

It will show you if there are any hidden partitions
Using the same software you can format it in NTFS format
Since the size of your Pen Drive is 16gb, you must format it in NTFS

Somehow the filesystem has been changed to Linux readable volume, thats why windows is not recognizing it
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Kanwal_No2Author Commented:
There are lot of versions available, which one I need to download.
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shahzoorCommented:
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Kanwal_No2Author Commented:
Operation Format Partition is not available in Demo version.
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shadowmantxCommented:
Download Knoppix or Ubuntu there is a QPART system utility similar to Partion Magic...and best of all it's free!  You can boot the OS off a CD.
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Kanwal_No2Author Commented:
Hi Experts,

I was not able to recover the partition or data, as the partition could not be resized. But I think that was the only solution.

Thanks a lot :)
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