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Ubuntu doesn't automatically open my Sandisk 8GB pen drive when I insert it....

It was working very well until yesterday...mysteriously Ubuntu stopped opening it...When I go to System -> Administration -> Utility, although it is recognized,says 'Not partitioned'

How can I fix this?

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Have a look at it in GParted (which you might have to install first). It'll tell you if something's screwy with the partitions.

EDIT:

If so, the situation isn't good. You can use dd to make a backup in case you figure out a way to recover the data, changing sdx to the correct device and the of= filename to your desired backup image name:

dd if=/dev/sdx of=/output/file.img

Basically, though, your partition table is probably corrupted. The only thing I know to do, absent some specialized tools which may or may not exist, is to delete the partition table and create a new partition(s). Of course, doing this will completely erase your flash drive; hence the backup I mentioned above.

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Checked with Gparted...It says USB drive-Partition and Filesystem as unallocated with a warning "/dev/sdb-Unrecognized disk label " ... – ZAK Apr 20 '11 at 10:38
    
@ZAK: I've updated my answer to address your comment. – Scott Severance Apr 20 '11 at 13:12
    
Thnx...When i popped it in Windows,they asked me to format it,So the partition table is corrupted..I have formatted & created new partition... – ZAK Apr 21 '11 at 9:02

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