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Hi Guys,

i have a newly bought kingston 4Gb pendrive, i have bought it month ago and been working with it up to now, my whole acedemic work is on that!today when i plugged my ped drive to the windowsXp machine, it didn't worked, and windows says it need to be formatted? i can't format the pen drive because i have my assignments work on that,please help me guys, i'm in a big trouble now! :(

many thanks in advance!

regards, Rangana

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Can you check if it can detect on any other pc or laptop, maybe a friends. You will also need to use a recovery software like Recuva in order that you can retrieve the data.

And please stop using flash drives as your primary storage device, keep a backup somewhere if you do so.

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i checked it with serveral other PCs but not laptops, they all had the windowsXp operating system! all of them are giving the same problem! :( –  ranganaMIT Sep 7 '10 at 5:04
    
try one with a different OS –  rzlines Sep 7 '10 at 5:06
    
i tried it with windows 7 also, it didn't worked?? –  ranganaMIT Sep 7 '10 at 16:10
    
you should take a look at the answer in this link, it speaks of running test disk and it seems to have solved the problem superuser.com/questions/38382/… –  rzlines Sep 7 '10 at 17:50
    
Here's a link to download Testdisk cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk I hope this work out for you. the partition table of your drive could be corrupted. I haven't tried this, but its worth a shot if it was successful for someone else –  rzlines Sep 7 '10 at 17:54

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