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.
dawn1993Asked:
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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 https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

GetDataBack is free to try.

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

if you want a recovery soft, here a free one :  http://en.kioskea.net/download/download-3994-usb-flash-drive-files-recovery

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dawn1993Author Commented:
none of those worked. If I format it, will I be able to get the data back?
nobusCommented:
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.

-Larry
nobusCommented:
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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