Thumb drive data

My thumb drive is full - I would like to retrieve the data on the TD.  The only option I get when clicking on the TD is to format it, which I don't want to do.

Is there a way to get into the TD so I can delete data?  If not, is there a way to export the TD data to a folder on my desktop?

Thank you.
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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
It sounds like something has happened on the drive to make it inaccessible. Have you tried plugging the drive into another PC to see if you get the same message?

If you plug the TD into another machine and are able to access the files, there is a chance that the registry of the problem machine is holding on to a mount from the TD. You can use something like USB Oblivion to remove the mounts from all removable drives...(available free here).
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Oops sorry pressed submit before I was ready...

If you plug the TD into another machine and get the same message you might have a bad TD. There are ways to attempt to access it again such as changing the drive letter and accessing it through command prompt. Lets hope for the best that it's the first thing I mentioned. If not, let me know and we can go further.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
The full drive must not prevent you from ready the data from it. So the file system of the drive gone bad. Try to scan the drive with data recovery tools designed for usb stick recovery.
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sounds like the drive is going bad. you might try and access in disk management.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Try TestDisk or Photorec from for data recovery.

If you want to totally delete and start again then try Rufus  This will allow you to format the drive (you don't have to make it bootable) and thus clear it out.  You'll lose all data going this way.

Also look at GetDataBack for data recovery.  Free to try and you pay for full functionality.
dpsmithersAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the assistance.  

I tried your suggestions with and  When the software finished, I wasn't told where the recovered data was.  

Recuva looks for deleted data, which is not my problem.

What other recovery software is available?
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
>>  When the software finished, I wasn't told where the recovered data was.

Yes, but did it show you the files that it could recover?
dpsmithersAuthor Commented:
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
So you pay for full functionality if you want to recover those files.
i posted several tools -  did you miss it ?
dpsmithersAuthor Commented:
No - I didn't miss them.  I'm trying to find a free one.  I don't think there are any.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Try this one:
You can install Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro trial version and in its full interface use Volume Explorer to browse the USB stick to copy out the data from it.
recuva is free
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