USb flash drive wants to format and has files on it.

I am looking for a way to get my files off a usb flash drive. when inserted it wants to format it.
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Larry BiedermanSoftware EngineerCommented:
Hi dawn1993,
Sounds like your FAT table may be corrupted.
You can try this to repair:

1- In windows, click start
2- if keyboard has windows button, press "windows" > R, then type "CMD"
    if not, in windows 7 or 8.x,  click start, then type "cmd" into search box
Either way, you're now at the DOS command prompt.

You can see the options by typing:  chkdsk /?
But, you'll likely want to just try to repair.

3- type: chkdsk D: /F   (where D: is the drive letter of your flask drive).
press enter, and it will evaluate the drive, and attempt to repair.

Worth a try!
Otherwise, Norton and others have disk repair programs.

-Larry (Lbiederman)
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Rather than chkdsk I'd use a data recovery application such as GetDataBack

GetDataBack is free to try.

If it works and can see your files, pay the money and buy the application and recover your data.
for valuable data, i would use a recovery service like this :

if you want a recovery soft, here a free one :

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dawn1993Author Commented:
none of those worked. If I format it, will I be able to get the data back?
formatting does not help to get the data back - on the contrary
if you need the data - use a recovery service like i posted, or select one in your neighbourhood
Larry BiedermanSoftware EngineerCommented:
If data is very valuable, I agree with Nobus - send it in for data recovery.
If not, you can format (which destroys all data), but the drive may be usable again.

sorry - he just agrees with me  -and i get no credit?
that does not seem ok
dawn1993Author Commented:
I sent the usb flash drive off and they recovered the files. Thanks for your help!
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