12-21-2008 11:31 PM
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12-24-2008 12:51 PM
Oh, I wish that didn't happen to drives! Sorry to hear about your USB drive. Be sure you do not, I repeat DO NOT, wiggle anything plugged into a USB port. Jamming or wiggling the USB connector risks shocking the system and possibly breaking off the port from the motherboard. Loss of data can occur from static or when a device is not properly "ejected" or disconnected. In Windows there is a "Safely Remove Hardware" icon with a green arrow on the task bar near the clock. Click on it and select the device you want to disconnect. You may see a message "Safe to remove hardware" to indicate you should remove the device.
There are various software that may help you recover files but only purchase or download software form the manufacturer or a trusted retailer. I have not used System Mechanic but have heard others suggest this software as a possible solution. Drive recovery software may work occasionally if the data is still intact. Just do not get your hopes up as this does not work for physically damaged drives or may not retrieve whole files. Any additional suggestions?
12-24-2008 02:10 PM