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Flash Drive broken, recovering files via word?

Question: Flash Drive broken, recovering files via word?

Long story short, I bumped my flash drive, it appears slightly bent but was no longer recognized in the computer. I had multiple places look at it and all said nothing is physically wrong with it. I found one place that said they could help me recover the files for a fee of $750. I have files application files saved on this that I was working on for medical school, the most important one, I lost about two essays, so I'm not sure how much I want to pay to recover these.

I found these files on my computer but they are all under the usb drive so when I pull them up, it says device not recognized. Is there any way parts of them have been saved in some form on my computer that I could recover?

I'm guessing not but I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. Also if anyone knows a data recovery place that doesn't charge so much money that would be great.

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Preferred Solution: Flash Drive broken, recovering files via word?

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Answer: Flash Drive broken, recovering files via word?

Here's what I would do. Proceed at your own risk! The jack being 'slightly bent' has probably separated a solder joint that connects the chip (what ever is in there) from the jack. If you know a tech who 'solders' he can 'bust' it open, put a drop of solder on the break (or make a jumper), connect the device and get the data off, then thow it away...Not really a $750 job in my opinion.

Another option is to get a USB to USB connector cable, connect your device to the cable. Now start bending the jack on the device ever so slightly trying to make the broken joint make a connection. After each adustment plug the other end of the cable into the PC and see if it recoginizes. If not recognized, disconnect from the PC and try again.

You want to use the cable because the bending of the jack may damage the the USB connector on the PC and you don't want introduce a new issue. I've actually used this technique and once we had to hold the drive in place manually to keep the connection (may require more than two hands).

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Recently, I've been having trouble with my flash drive. I was trying to converts some files on my drive, but I used another computer besides my own. While it was converting it said that some of my files were corrupt, which brings me to my first question. If files are corrupt can they be fixed?
Secondly, when I tried to open up some of my files, the names had changed from my orginal text to random numbers, and when I opened the file it pulled up a blank page like the document had never been written. It only did this to a few of my TEXT documents, not all of them. So my second question is, is there a system for recovering files on a flash dive? If so how and where do I find it?

Answer:Is there a system for recovering files on a flash drive?

provided you haven't overwritten the files, you need to use a file recovery program. There are many on the net, some better than others- there are also free ones.

To avoid file corruption on flash drives, do NOT hot-swap. Always stop the device before unplugging it.

NEVER store something on a flash drive that you cannot risk losing. Flash drives by their very nature are unreliable. They use static ram as a storage medium.

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Hello all,

I searched the site, but couldn't find anything directly about recovering files that have been deleted off of a USB Flash drive.

I've got a USB Lexar 256MB key chain drive. Any way to recover files off something like this? The drive is FAT.

Any way to recover files off something like this?



Answer:Recovering files off a USB Lexar Flash Drive

I can't help you directly, but a google search has revealed many possibilities, including paying $$$ to companies to do it for you.

Scroll down to about the 15th link and someone recovered theirs by using Linux.

Link is

Hope this at least gives you some alternative ideas.

A computer dealer advised me, quite strongly, not to save valuable files on USB memory sticks, but I have never had any problems with USB drives.

Main thing is to use the safely remove icon down by the time, bottom right.
I didn't use to bother but now use it as a matter of course.
PITA but it might help save a USB drive contents, in future. Bazza

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I have a 128mb flashdrive, I have used it once to back up pictures, but deleted them when I put them back on my pc. Is there any way to undelete on a flash drive? Preferably free software if not commercial. I have lost 6 months of photos because of a problem the other day and would really appreciate if someone knows how I can recover this from the flashdrive if its possible.


Answer:recovering deleted files of usb flash drive

I recommend using Final Data NT (but it's not free)
Other free software should work just fine, like UndeletePlus which
can be downloaded from MG's download section: "Data Recovery"

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I am facing two different complications with external usb's

Problem 1: Hardware (?)
This usb IS recognized and mounts - however, the files on it are damaged - possibly because of hardware erosion...
I think ddrescue and safecopy are supposed to be good programs for this type of failure, but I do not know how to use them

Problem 2: Software (?)
This usb is recognized in the device manager, but not in the My Computer (so it doesn't mount). I think I can reformat the usb to make it functional again, but before I do that, I want to recover whatever files are on the drives

Any guide on how i can resolve these two issues?

Answer:Recovering files from a damaged drive and recovering files from an unrecognized driv

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does anyone know of companies that i could send my Toshiba MK2006GAL Hdd to as it has broken Thank-YouMark

Answer:Companies for Recovering files from broken HDD

has it broken? is it no longer spinning up?

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I had a client of mine who wanted me to install microsoft word on a windows 8.1 acer laptop, but it cannot be done because you cannot install microsoft office, which has word, excel etc for free!

As an alternative to microsoft office, i installed apache openoffice 4.1.2 from this website Apache OpenOffice - Official Site - The Free and Open Productivity Suite Apache OpenOffice - Official Site - The Free and Open Productivity Suite[/url] on a windows 8.1 acer laptop from my flash drive!

he says that he cannot save any documents and then take them on a flash drive because it is a free version and it is open source!

i think he is saving the files as the wrong type, which is why he cannot transfer them onto the flash drive for use on other computers!

I have been told that you open the apache openoffice 4.1.2, then go to text document, go to file, save as, then type in a file name of your choice , then choose microsoft word 97/2000/XP (.doc) from the save as type drop down list (while making sure that the automatic filename extension box is ticked), then you highlight the appropriate flash drive from windows explorer and click on save to save the relevant word document on the flash drive, then click on keep current format

is this correct?

After the word document has been saved on the flash drive, (this is where I get confused) can this saved word document on the flash drive then be open and ready for use on another computer, or does this other computer also have... Read more

Answer:transferring microsoft word 97/2000/XP (.doc) files onto a flash drive

Open Office files are the same as any other files in Windows. Files created in Open Office can definitely be saved and copied to a flash drive. It's very likely the user is just doing something wrong.

To save the file as an Office file:

As an alternative to Open Office I often recommend people simply use Google Docs. Office documents can be opened in Google Docs and edited and saved in any Office format.

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Hello all, I am trying to rescue the files from a mostly-deceased ThinkPad T60 running Window XP. This T60 has the fingerprint reader, and I was foolish enough to place the files in a secure volume.When I boot Windows, it gets as far as the splash screen and then hangs there with the progress bar cycling endlessly. I did create a set of Rescue & Recovery CDs (actually two sets, one burned to CD and one burned to DVD) when I initially purchased the laptop, but these do not contain the files I want to recover (which were created at a later date). When I attempt to run R&R by booting either set of disks, the R&R software will load to the main screen but within a few seconds (or at most a minute, but in no case am I able to actually use any of the diagnostic/recovery tools effectively) the system freezes up tight and won't even respond to CTRL-ALT-DEL.I have also tried physically removing the SATA HDD and putting it in an external USB case. The drive is recognized when connected to another computer, but I can't access the files because they are locked inside that secure volume.Finally, I also tried to boot using a standard XP installation CD to see if running a chkdsk /r (after selecting the Repair option from the first screen) would help and get me past the XP splash screen. Unfortunately, after loading all drivers, etc. the WinXP recovery console says it cannot find any drives to repair. I assume this is because the secure volume simply doesn't exist as far as an OE... Read more

Answer:Recovering files from T60 with a broken winXP install

trohricht, welcome to the forum,
a seemingly difficult situation
You seem to have tried everything that I would have in a similar situation. Do you know the reason why the system isn't booting? Is it an HDD failure or software?
It would be worth scanning the hard drive with Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test in advanced mode. Use another system to create a bootable cd from the iso download available. If the drive is shown to be defective I would clone it immediately, if that can be done, to a new drive and then try to repair the installation on the newly cloned drive.
Not knowing your knowledge of these processes, (but judging by your first post you seem to be pretty savvy), I'll wait for your reply and questions before expanding further.

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I have an external hard drive that is a few years old. One day it just stopped working. I do not want to pay $300 to have geek squad recover the information. I have read on various websites that i can remove the drive from the case and install it directly into my desktop. The issue im having is that my new desktop uses the SATA and my external hard drive uses the ATA cable. My external hard drive has all of my college work, pictures from 5 years, videos, music, etc. Probably a total of almost 100gigs!!! Any recommendations would be great. I do not want to spend the money to have a pro do it but if that is my only option i understand.Thanks,Danny

Answer:Recovering Data off broken external hard drive??

You can buy an adapter for SATA-ATA I think. That may just be  a waste of money though. I fthe HD is damaged it may not work anyway.I'm not sure about this, but I think taking it out of the external encloser will only help if the enclosure is bad. You can also buy a new enclosure.

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I am trying to recover data from the hard drive of a broken Vista PC. I bought an enclosure and I tried to connect the drive to my Windows 7 PC but I don't see the drive on My Computer. I can see it in the Control Panel though? is there a way to find out if the drive is working fine and also to retrieve the data?

Answer:Recovering Data from hard drive of a broken Vista PC on Windows 7 PC

Not sure what you mean that you can see it in control panel. Do you mean under printers and devices?
Try disk management. If you see it there assign it a letter.

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Is there any way to receover the currepted word files,

Answer:recovering currepted word files

Searching google yeilds many applications that will do this. However, if the files are for office 97-2003, there is an easier way, just right click the corrupt file and go to open with. If notepad is listed there click it, if not click choose default program. Then go through the list looking for notepad. Select it and make sure the open all files of this type with this program is unchecked. At that point the word doc opens in the text file with jibberish around it but if you scroll down you will find the raw text. Feel free to take that and inject it into a fresh document by simply copy/pasting it and then you can reapply formatting and save. Like i said i beleive this works for all word doc types except the new .docx format.

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Hi everyone,

I have an XP and I deleted a file (.doc) and I wish to recover it; from what I understand when a file is deleted it's not "wiped" off the HD, just the path to it is gone. How hard is it to recover the file? Thank you in advance.


Answer:Recovering deleted Word Doc files?

Sounds as though you'll need a File Recovery program.
I haven't tested any of these personally, but here are a couple of free programs:,1295-order,1-c,downloads/files.html


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Good day,

I have a USB flash drive that suddenly stopped functioning.

Whenever I insert it into the USB port my computer does not see and I can not find a way to access it. Tried it on several computers to no avail.

Anybody have any thoughts on how to recover data from a Flash Drive/Removable USB drive or otherwise access it?

Many thanks,

Answer:Recovering a Flash Drive

Have you checked the Device Manager to see if it's seeing anything?

I recently was given a Flash Drive that was defective. But after several months it started working again. confused (Free 1gig flash for me! )

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Hi guys!

Yesterday, I accidentally dropped my flash drive on the floor. Today, I tried to open the flash drive, but got a whole bunch of different error messages everytime I pulled it out and reinserted it. Basically, the thing is messed up, and I was wondering whether any of you guys could help me sort out my problem.

The errors that I got:
1.USB device unrecognised. Usually, I just take it out and re-insert it and it sorts out the problem.

2.The blue screen of death, talking about a paging file or something. It starts up a physical memory dump. Basically, it counts up to 100 and then restarts the computer. I then opened my computer and checked the startup and recovery options, basically, to remove the restart, and so it gives me a proper error message.

3.I plug in the flash disk, drivers install and are ready for usage. When I open My Computer, all I see is the removable disk (there should be two, one is the removable disk, which stores nothing, and one is the actual drive, where all my files are stored)

4.The computer freezes... or so I thought! It acutally slows down BIG TIME. My computer is 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4, with a Ge force 4 64MB graphics card, so it is not the processor. I managed to wait and open the task manger to see which program caused a 100% CPU usage. It showed that a file called 'system' run by SYSTEM was using up the CPU usage.

I have also tried it on my Dell laptop, which is MUCH newer, but all it shows is #3. No crashes or anything. I th... Read more

Answer:Recovering data from a flash drive


Yesterday, I accidentally dropped my flash drive on the floor.

how old is it? warranty wise...

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My wife was working on her computer yesterday and had added 1200 words or so to her file in Microsoft Word 2010 (OS is Win 8) - she believes she had saved the file however the next day all her changes were gone.
I have attempted to find autosave files or recover unsaved documents - have tried a number of different methods for locating the files but to no success.
I have tried running recuva including a deep scan which has also not found anything.

Does anyone have any other recommended solutions?

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Hello, first of all, im not sure if this goes in the XP forums or IE so move it as you must.

Over the past 6 months my computer has been giving me more and more problems. Although I keep it in great shape it has lasted me 7+ Years.

In the last 6 months my ability to use Adobe Flash has been fluxuating.
It goes through phases where I can use flash then cant, then can use it again. Right now I cant use it and its been like this for a couple months, which is the longest yet.

I go and try to download flash and I now realize that I cant download any program from the internet, whatever it is.

I reccently tried to a couple hours agao and have a screenshot of what happens when I try to download flash from file hippo. (I cant download it from because the gold bar doesnt pop up).

This pops up on everything I try to download. Now that a ton of websites are converting to flash its really getting frustating.

Heres some information that could help you:

-Operating System: Win XP Home edition, 2002. Service Pack 2.
-No recent software has been installed.
- Did you do any of the following:
- Run a scan with an updated anti-virus program? Yes
- Run a scan with an updated anti-Trojan program? Yes
- Run anti-spyware scans with at least two freshly updated anti-spyware programs? (If so, which ones?) I use Antivir Antivirus

Ask if you need anymore information. Thanks.

Answer:Cant Download Files/Flash Broken


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Hey there!
For a few months I think I had a little speech bubble pop up whenever I went onto safari saying "The file or directory (file name here) is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility.
I ignored it, and just stopped using Safari (I prefer IE anyway), and the problem didnt bother me.
However, more recently, the things has been popping up for various things, particularly different Aol errors (like right now, link), msnmsgnr.exe and so on.
What's more, my no flash plays on my computer anymore, like youtube videos, games on Facebook etc...
Also, the other day the screen kept going black every few minutes for about an hour. From time to time (maybe once a day), the computer freezes, I hear a beep, then about 1 minute later it goes back to normal, beeps and unfreezes. And just before, the computer froze, my music playing kept repeating the same note (like a broken record sound), and whole computer crashed, with Microsoft telling me I had had a serious error.
So I tried to do a system restore to before the more serious problems were happening BUT knowing my luck, the computer wouldnt let me do it, telling me the system restore was corrupt and undreadable too...
So obviously Im having a problem and I dont know what to do!

I'm ok with computers...I can normally work out how to solve small problems, and as long as Im given directions, I can do most things without trouble.
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Answer:Solved: Corrupt Files, Broken Flash and crashes!

HAVING LOOKED AGAIN AT THE PROBLEM, I am reasonably certain it is a hardware problem. A faulty power supply or ram possibly, or maybe overheating.
Before proceeding as below. START - Right click My Computer - Properties, Supply the information shown on the General tab, deleting any personal details. If the computer is branded, supply Make and model no. please.

You either have a hardware problem possibly the ram, the motherboard itself, the processor etc OR you may have a virus.
My immediate advice is to backup everything you can, of your personal data, presuming you have a backup device.
Go to Event Viewer . Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Event Viewer - System on left pane and read the Error notification for the last time this occurred, by Left double click on the error. It will open and tell you what it was. Also read the Warning ones. Now do the same with the Application on left pane.
My guess is that you will need to run HiJack and refer this to the Security Forum.
Come back here when you have done this.
Going back to Backup, do you have the XP installation CD. If so, or if the computer has a recovery partition on the hard drive, at least the original installation can be put right if necessary. It may NOT come to that, no one will know until we establish the cause of the problem

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Hi is there software that I can download to retrieve files on a flashdrive that's not being read or is there a piece of hardware that I need?

Mz Mary J

Answer:Broken Flash drive?

sounds like the flash drive is shot, they do not last long.

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Question: Flash drive broken

i plugged it in really fast then unplugged it by accident and now it doesnt work, it tells me it isnt formated but when i go to format it it tells me windows cannot complete this formating. now i think something is wrong with the partition but all partition tools i can find dont work for USB drives.

does anyone know a solution to this or a program that can chang USB partition tables?

Answer:Flash drive broken

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i use real player the most i guess ,and i wonder if its slowing my computer

maybe i have 3 threads to start but computer is so slow it takes forever
did i start a thread on how to fix a flash drive? can anyone find it?

what i did to fix it was to take out my harddrive and to boot up with the flash and switch in cmos to do that and them i fdisked it with a windows 98 boot disc and formatted it and now it works again

i wonder how many dont know you can do this and they just throw away the flash drives

i am on xp with this computer 900 mhz with 512 ram shram the old type from 4 years ago i guess and i wonder if the ram chip is somehow weakend?

Answer:real player and a broken flash drive bad ram?

You've formatted your computer. That wiped everything out, so it's impossible to determine what the problem might have been. Using a legitimate program doesn't not cause a computer to "slow down" over time.

You can use the search feature to find threads you started.

I have no idea what a flash drive has to do with the question.

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Earlier today, I tried to upgrade my computer to Windows 7 from Vista and ended up in an endless reboot loop when the installation failed. The normal fixes didn't work, so now I'm looking at having to do a clean install. Before proceeding, I tried to recover files from my hard drive by hooking it up as a slave drive to another computer. Problem is, I can't access any of my personal files (documents, music, etc). I assumed this was because my vista account was password protected, but changing ownership of the drive and all subfolders didn't help. As it is, the correct amount of space is occupied on the drive, making me believe that the files are still there, and all of the subfolders are where they should be, but the folders appear empty. Does anyone know what the problem could be? The computer that I'm working from (and have the slave drive hooked up to) runs Windows 7

Answer:Recovering files from slave drive?

Do you have the original Vista Disc and did you try a repair from that? (Of course if you can access your files in any way and have not yet, definately back them up first) If you can repair Vista OR do a safe boot right from the Vista disc and save your files, then a format/clean install would probably be best. And make sure you have all of your install media handy to reinstall everything else.

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Hi All,
I have a 160Gb SATA disk which used to be the first disk in a RAID jbod 320Gb drive. the second drive has failed so I've connected the first drisk to a new system as drive "E" The new system recognises the drive but will not display the contents as it thinks the drive is not formatted. Any ideas on how I can to the data on the disk??

The new system is a Phenom 9950 Quad core, Win XP pro x64

Many thanks,

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Following a crash I replaced C drive with my usb drive and reinstalled windows XP Pro. The old C drive was then housed in an external usb case. The system recognises the usb drive, the icon appears on "My Computer" If I try to access it I get "D:\ is not accessible. Error performing inpage operation". I have tried Tesk Disk and Drive Rescue but both fail to yeild any results. I am convinced that the problem lies in the master boot record or similar type of file, and the data really is there to be recovered. Any ideas for gaining access to the drive?

Answer:Recovering Files from "Dead" usb drive

Tesk Disk and Drive Rescue but both fail to yeild any resultsThis is because both programs struggle when using a USB the drive internally in the PC as a slave drive, and rerun the programs.

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What is the best and cheapest software to recover files from a formatted usb hard drive (WD Elements)

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I need help with recovering files from a hard drive with Windows 98 as the OS. This computer was my mom's old one. I moved the "My Documents" folder to a new computer for her by using the cut and paste method to a USB flash drive. I then moved the contents from the flash drive onto a new computer with Windows Vista. I deleted the files from the flash drive to let her use it for other purposes. So far so good. Then this:

1. The new computer had a problem with the power hardware and was sent back to the factory for repair.
2. Received the computer back with a reformatted hard drive (data not there).
3. Mom did not want to deal with Vista, so I swapped her computer with a new one that runs Windows XP.
4. The missing files contain medical history and vital pictures.
5. I live about 400 miles from my mom, so this is being worked on long distance.
6. She lives in a small town with very limited computer service support.

Here is my question. What is the best process to recover these files? I have the original hard drive here with me. I have Windows XP and Vista available on the computers at my house. I can also have the USB flash drive sent, but it would have to come via mail or UPS. Is there an issue with slaving a Windows 98 formatted drive to a Windows XP or Vista machine? Or should I take the extra time to have her send the flash drive and try to recover the files from it? And are there any special precautions to take when shipping a flash drive... Read more

Answer:Need Help Recovering Files From Hard Drive

First and foremost - don't do anything to any of the drives until you're ready to recover the data. Each and every access gives a greater risk of losing the data.

The original hard drive - does it still have the original files on it? If so, the best bet is to slave this drive to another system and transfer the files from it. You can either attach it to a free space on one of the cables on your current computer (with the proper jumper settings) - or you can get a drive enclosure to put it in and hook it up to a USB port on your system. Then it's just a matter of copying the files to your computer (and backing them up just-in-case to a CD).

Recovering deleted files is another story - and they're even more sensitive to the "more it's used, the more likely that the data is gone" theory. It takes special software and techniques - although there is some freeware than can recover some stuff for you.

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This follows on from my recent thread 'no video input signal'. click here As my wife needs a PC to do her school work, we have purchased a new Hewlett Packard PC, which I am in the process of setting up.In the now defunct PC, on the hard drive, are a number of files which my wife needs, but were not backed-up before the PC died. What is the best way to transfer these files and her email address book etc from the hard drive to the new PC? As far as I know the hard drive is not damaged only the motherboard.

Answer:Recovering files from a hard drive.

You could add the hard drive as a Slave, then move the f8iles over.Or, place the drive in a USB Enclosure to do the here

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I have an older HP and the computer wont boot up (the monitor is black). Before the black screen, the XP boot up screen had frozen up. I need some hard drive files from the older HP to put on my new computer. What process can i use to extract files from the non functioning computer hard drive, when i cant get the HP to boot up? Any advise?

Answer:recovering hard drive files

The safest method to accomplish this would be to hook up the old HDD as a slave drive in your other machine and retrieve the files that way.Pay attention that you get the jumper settings correct on the hard drive and make sure the BIOS sees it on boot up.

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my old xp hard drive was uber slow so i upgraded to a new one with a new xp install

Now i need my files off my old windows xp hard drive but it won't let me access my files saying ACCESS IS DENIED

is there any way to get those dang files

Answer:recovering files from old xp Hard Drive

you can try taking ownership of the files/folders

How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP

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I have 2 computers. A laptop and a desktop. I also connect a 250GB Western Digital external hard drive to it full of my programs, pictures etc. I recently reformated my desktop and I started installing programs to it via the external hard drive. I went out for a few hours and I tried to open my external hard drive folders but when I clicked on the drive, it said that the directory or drive is corrupt and unreadable. I really need these files but I don't know what to do... The very last thing I did was install Alcohol 120% from my external to the desktop and I resatrted the computer then I left the house. When I came back, it gave me these problems. Anyone have any idea on what I can do to save them or get the files back??

Answer:I need help recovering files from a corrupted drive

There are many recovery programs out there, unfortunately I've never found any free ones. Go to and do a search on file recovery.

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I recently purchased a cheap hard drive enclosure to house a drive from an old machine. The drive had previously lived in an Icy Box enclosure and had worked fine. Unfortunately the power supply for the Icy Box gave up and now I have bought this replacement.

When I started it up, the drive was recognised but without any of the files that were previously there. I have downloaded Pandora Recovery from Cnet and tried a deep scan. This has shown that the files are still there but crashes at about 1% of the scan.

Can anyone advise on any other freeware which can solve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard drive files need recovering

At this point... its a lost cause I would say, BUT!

You could always try making a mirror of the dead drive, and try to recover from that image... though not sure I would expect to recover the files

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Hi there guys,

My mate just gave me an old hard drive and asked if i could recover the files off it.

The hard drive is a Seagate ST35 | A/X, Amstrad 40Mb. [IDE]

Now when I connect it to my computer to try to start my Windows, I get this error:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll
Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Now this never happens without the old hard drive plugged in. And I'm not unplugging anything else to put this hard drive in.

I looked in my system32 folder and hall.dll is there.

Any help would be good, cheers.

Answer:Recovering Files off Old Hard Drive

Error message: "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem"


Error message 3
Winnt_root\System32\Hal.dll missing or corrupt:

Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Missing Hal.dll - Missing Or Corrupt Hal.dll Error Message in Windows XP - Fix Hal.dll

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I recently reformatted my computer and backed all of my files up on my iPod before hand, however, before I had a chance to put them back on my computer my iPod ended up going through the wash. I've been told PC Inspector File Recovery ( ) is my best bet. However, the site doesn't give very detailed descriptions expect do not install on the drive you want to recover things from.

So what exactly do I do? Or is there a better program out there to help me recover my files?

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I don't know what happened. I had a lot of school stuff on my jump drive (approx. 30 word docs and 20 powerpoints, one of which is due tomorrow) and I was cleaning my jump drive and I told it to delete the folder "documents" (completely empty) and instead it deleted "School Stuff"

I have a San Disk icro 2 gig drive....idk the model or w/e but it's black and the connection thing slides out....

PLEASE HELP ME! I'm in hell right now, finished the 40 slide powerpoint after a couple hours of work and it's gone!

I tried 2 different undelete programs (winundelete and one by the same people as ccleaner) and they could "recover" the files, but powerpoint couldnt read them (I have 2007)

And winundelete can't even find another document that I've been working on for weeks....

Please help, I'm about to cry while sh*ting a brick!

Answer:Need help recovering dleted files from USB drive!

You could try this one:

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hi i have(now dead) 200 gb maxtor hd, i know i know bad disk to buy, now i know my brands, seagate all the way haha, ne ways i think the partition where xp installed got corrupted, and it wont let me do ne thing, it gave me that "your disk must be corrupted" warning when i booted up. Some pictures were on that partition, like wedding, prom, grad, and i was wondering, instead of formatting the whole drive, or even the partition, can i use like hard drive data recovery software like "Helix"? I came here to see if any body can help me out, or even show me an easier way, cuz from the looks of it Helix looks very confusing.

--thnx in advance

Answer:help recovering files of a dead hard drive


Not sure if you are in the uk, I have used this tool >>

You just plug the hard drive into it and the other end into a usb port on a pc and it shows up as an external hard drive. Depending on whether your hard drive is not completely gone.Then the data can just be taken off it. If its a sata drive they do one for that also

Another way is if you are putting a new hard drive in then put the bad one in as a slave drive then it wil do basically the same thing and show up as another drive and you should be able to access all your pics etc.

Data recovery tools are ok for accidentally formatted/totally shot drives etc but I would hope you wouldn't need to go that far

Hope it helps


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I?ve got a 40gb hard drive. And I had partitioned the hard drive into 4 parts. On the C: drive I had the windows 2000 and on the D: drive I had winXP. And the D: drive was partitioned as NTFS and the rest 3 as Fat32. So I wanted to Format the D: drive and install windows XP again. I used windows 98 start-up disk and formatted the D: drive. When I restarted the windows I realised that I had formatted the E: drive instead. Because the start up disk doesn?t recognise NTFS format. I had important documents on the E: drive. Is there anyway I can get them files back using any software?s?Thanking the helpers in Advance

Answer:Recovering files from a formatted hard drive

click hereHope this helps ;-)

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Greetings all,

First of all I would like to apologize should I be posting in the incorrect section(if so please some mod move this thread to the appropriate section)

So a few days ago my 750GB Hard drive in my Lenovo Y580 laptop failed (due to my setting it on sleep for a long time and taking the laptop with me outside for a prolonged amount of time)

When I got back home, I tried to turn on the laptop and I got 3 or 4 clicks("Click of death" I believe) so I bought a new 1TB Harddrive and used Lenovo recovery disks to get the laptop back to working order

Moving on, I bought a SATA to USB enclosure so that I might try to recover some files from my failed Harddrive, now the thing is, when I connect it, it doesn't give the click sounds anymore and it seems to read, however, here's the weird part, it only shows me the Lenovo recovery part of the drive

Here's how it looks like in my computer and disk management:

So my question is, what does the "OEM Partition" mean on my failed HDD(Disk 2)? and do you think it's possible to recover any data or does this mean all is lost? and if there is a chance of recovery how can I open up the part of the drive where the data was(which apparently in this case is the OEM paritition)

Right clicking on the OEM part only gives me the "Help" option

Best Regards,

Answer:Recovering files from a readable Hard drive.

Hi Raficoo,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Without asking any questions - there are many I would like to ask - let me directly get into action.

Please download, install and run MiniTools Partition Wizard Free Edition 9. MiniTool Partition Manager Software for Windows PC and Server

Does the File System of the 654.69GB partition of your "old failed hard drive" show as NTFS in the disk list?

If yes, rightclick on it > Explore. Do you see the files? Close Partition Explorer.

Rightclick on it again > Unhide Partition. In the next screen assign a drive letter > OK

Two operations will be pending.

Click on APPLY in the top menu bar. When changes are completed > OK and then close Partition Wizard.

Can you see and read the drive now?

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Anyone know of a good program for restoring files from a crashed hard drive.
I've already used Spinrite on the drive and can now access the drive. The bad news is some of my folders and files are now just a bunch of ascii characters. Is there a program that will allow me to recover these? This is a FAT32 formated drive of 120 Gb capacity.


Answer:Recovering files from crashed hard drive

This is great for some files. It knows over 80 types of files. I lost a drive and my main concern was pics. I used it to recover 1700 jpgs from a crashed hard drive. It also got various doc and odt files. I also recovered many mp3s and mpg clips.
Some of the mp3s are broken into smaller files, and I haven't looked thru them yet.
The mpg clips were large xvid files, so now I have many smaller clips, I could edit them together if I really wanted to.

It took about 6 hours to recover 45 GB of data from a disk.

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Well I thought I would finally get around to trying to recover files from a hard drive that crashed a few years ago. I opened up my computer tower that has a replaced hard drive which is the master boot. I put the crashed hard drive on the 2nd IDE connector to make the drive the slave drive. Plugged it into the power cable. With the manual I have it says to put the jumpers as cable select. Did that. Shut the case. Turned the computer back on and now it doesn't recognize either hard drive. So I took out the crashed hard drive and booted up again and all was well. Why didn't the computer boot up with a slave drive connected? Thanks.

Answer:Recovering files from crashed hard drive

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I pulled the hard drive out of a laptop and up it in a enclosure with USB access but i cant access the file under the user area of the hard drive. It say i don't have permission.

Answer:recovering files from laptop hard drive

Typically to access files on a HDD that is connected via USB it requires you to be logged into the computer as a administrator. Make sure the account you are login in on is an admin.

If this doesn't work, let us know.

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Yep. I've committed the cardinal sin

It was Win98 and I installed Win2000 over the top of it. The drive was formatted as FAT during the installation process.

Is there any way that I can recover data that was previously stored on the drive? There are some Excel spreadsheets that I'd like to get back.

I found this while looking through the threads for previous instances.... PC Inspector.

Will it do a job for me?

Answer:Recovering Files From Formatted Hard Drive

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I have a hard drive that was accidentally formatted with the Sony recovery wizard and a complete reinstalled was performed.

Can you please tell me about a good program that I can use free or paid to recover the data of a formatted hard drive?

I used the recuva application and only found deleted files. I need to recover if possible all the docs, pictures, music files before the recovery took place.

Thank you in advance,


Answer:Needs help recovering files from formatted hard drive, Please

Well unfortunately when a Hard drive is formatted and then something is written over that it is very time consuming and expensive to recover and then you may only get half of your information back.

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I had to do an f11 restart on my HP laptop. I was given the option to save my files to an external hard drive(Seagate Expansion) which I did. However when I come to restore the files, they are not in an accessible format. There is a restore option on the drive and also on the desktop and neitherof these work. Theres a source file list on the Seagate(notebook file) which lists all of the files. Most of them are music files or photos.
Thanks for any help

Answer:Recovering files from external hard drive

I did a Google search and found this:
HP Notebook PCs - How to Restore Backup Files Created During the F11 Backup Procedure

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My friend gave me her PC to reinstall windows on for her because it was infected with a virus that was preventing her PC from booting up, but before I do that she said she wanted me to recover some pictures off of the hard drive, I told her no problem. But I wasn't thinking at the time, is it really as simple as hooking her hard drive up as a secondary to my computer, would that cause my hard drive to become infected? I use AVG as my anti virus program, would this prevent my computer from becoming infected if i just wanted to burn her pictures to a CD from my PC?

Hope my question is clear enough, any tips/advice would be appreciated, and I apologize for my ignorance but I'm not too familiar with computer viruses.

Answer:Recovering files off of infected hard drive

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how can i recover files from a formatted hard drive, the laptop does not have a cd drive and has windows xp professional

Answer:recovering files from formatted hard drive

There are "special" dealers that can recover files for you, but it can be pricey.I can't think (off hand) of any program that may recover your files from a formatted drive.

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Long story short, I went away for a few days (Grandfather was in hospital) and I hadn't paid my electric bill. They shut off power and when it came back on the power surge got to my computer hard drive.

I can still access my files, but the drive has errors which were fixed, but I've experienced frequent lockups, slowdowns, etc.

I bought a new 320GB SATA drive since everything else seemed okay. Even the power supply showed good voltage, but I decided to put it all in a new case anyway with a Raidmax 450watt PS.

I hooked up the old drive temporarily to save some files to the new drive, but one thing I can't figure out.. how can I get stuff off my old desktop? It says it cannot be accessed. Probably because my account had a password on it.

There isn't much on the desktop that I needed anyway, but I was programming some Atari 2600 games and I had some files there I believe, and a few graphics I'd like to have.

Answer:Recovering files off old hard drive's desktop..

I am assuming that you re-installed Windows fresh on the new drive, Yes?

Follow these directions to gain access back to your files:


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So I am hoping there is a simple solution to this and that I am just overlooking or forgetting something.

I have an old PC that the Mobo died, I do not wish to get it functional again, just retrieve the data off the hard drive. I have a IDE to USB adapter and have hooked up the drive to another machine I have to copy the data. But the users on this drive, made there personal folders within windows private, C:Documents and Settings/(Username), and they show up as 0kb and when I try to access them it says I do not have the permission to access this file. How can I get around that? I have tried to boot from that drive but because the chipset is different, on my machine, windows will not boot. I have the usernames and passwords for the accounts that have the private folders but there doesn't seem to be a way to try and log in with that information.
Any help and ideas, would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Recovering protected files from an external drive

You must insure that your personal account is set as being an Administrator. Check the properties for your account. Then access the old hard drive and see if anything is in the source folders.

If you are an Administrator on the new system, and the Profile Folders on the old hard drive are still shown as empty, this means you were not Administrator on the old system and you cannot access other Profiles.

After you ensure you are an Administrator on your new system, try change the Security Properties for the entire old HD (you right-click the root folder on the old HD) and Add your new system User to that drive as an Administrator. Reboot and try to access the old HD again and check the Profiles.

The bottom line, you must be an Administrator on your old HD to access Profiles belonging to others.

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I have a 500GB laptop hard drive and I'm trying to instal it into my desktop long enough to get my music off of it. When I try to locate the files for the music they're not where I saved them and I can't seem to find them. Is there a way to locate the misc files without putting the hard drive back into the laptop?

Answer:Recovering files from a laptop hard drive

More than likely the reason for this is ownership on the HDD. You will need to change them so you can view all the files from another device. You just have to take ownership of the files. What OS you on?

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I have a portable hard drive...basically a 3.5" laptop hard drive that I put into an enclosure with a USB connections. I've deleted some files that I'd like to recover so I've stopped using the drive for fear of overwriting my data. I have a copy of Hiren's Boot CD which has several programs that allow for data recovery....PhotoRec, DetDataBack, etc. All are pretty good programs.

Here's my problem.

The data I'm trying to recover is about 60 Gigs worth of data. I only have 40 Gigs of free space on the local hard drive where the USB drive is connected. I have plenty of space on a my network server BUT I can't seem to reach that drive when booting from Hiren's Boot CD. So, my question is...How do I recover data from this portable drive and save it to a network location? The recovery process would need to write the data to my network share in real-time.


Answer:How To Recovering Deleted Files From A Portable Hard Drive?

I'm unsure if the Hiren's boot cd has network access. If not, you've got 2 possibilites:
- recover the stuff in Windows so you have network access (you can get copies of most recovery programs that will work in Windows - but they may cost)
- recover 40 gb to the hard drive using Hiren's - then boot into Windows to transfer it to the network. Then boot back into Hiren's for the remaining 20 gb.

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I can no longer access my external hard drive after my laptop had gotten infected with the NTOSKRNL-HOOK trojan, but cannot tell if my external hard drive isn't working due to virus-, hardware- or software-related issues. It is important that I recover my research data from either my external hard drive or from my laptop's old hard drive that was damaged from the infection.

Dell's regular support line and their fee-based virus support group weren't able to distinguish whether my external hard drive had gotten infected during my laptop's infection or whether my external hard drive had some kind of mechanical or software error, and I was referred here by a technician from TechSupportForum's virus area.

Can someone tell me in which area of TechSupportForum I should post a more detailed question, or should I take my external hard drive to a local repair shop to recover my data?

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I accidentally reformatted the document drive on a customer computer. I right click the drive and selected format. I meant to do so on another drive

I need software to recover her files. Most of my old recovery software software don't work on windows 7. They were for xp

Recover my files is crashing for some reason and Ontrack easy recovery disappears when I hit save the results

Help please

Answer:I accidentally reformatted document drive. Need help recovering files

Have you tried Recuva?

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Hi. Can anyone help me? I have an old 128k Lexar Jumpdrive USB drive and I am unable to recover files from it. I did try a program called Badcopy which did the job, but unless I paid up, the recovered files were not able to be made available. Does anyone know of a similar program but which is freeware?

If I try other similar programs they seem to stop half way through as they usually report "bad sectors" on flash drive and stop operating.

I do not know how to delete files from the drive as I suspect some tmp files may be causing the problem. Has anyone any idea how I can fix it.

I found a number of programs in addition to Badcopy that did the job, but unless you pay, even in a demo, you were unable to recover the files "processed" by the software. Also some times I get a Windows error message referring to an "I/O error"

So I am at a loss how to fix this. Any help would be most appreciated. I intend once I succeed in recovering the files on the flash drive to discard it. I now have a Cruzer Micro 1GB U3 flash drive and find this very good.

Thank you


Answer:Recovering Files from a 128k Lexar Jumpdrive USB Drive

Welcome to Major Geeks. One good thing that came from running BadCopy is at least you know the files are recoverable. There's several free tools here at Major Geeks and elsewhere:
Ultimate Data Recovery
TestDisk (I'm not sure if this supports USB drives)
PCInspector (works great!)
Smart Recovery

Of the above programs, I have only used PCInspector (many times) and TestDisk (once or twice) so I can't comment on the other two. But they're all free, so you really have nothing to lose.
Good luck! I hope this helps!

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Is it possible to import flash player files into Word?
In fact all I wanna do is to change a presentation created and saved as a flash file into a *.doc file so I can print it.
Is there any other way to print this flash player file?

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My Dell Studio XPS 16 motherboard failed but I was able to get the hard drive out of my computer and connected to my desktop using a case that makes it act as an external hard drive.

I now am trying to copy the old files from the Dell hard drive to my new computer's hard drive but some of the folders are password protected and didn't copy with the rest of the old C drive.

Clicking on some of these folder brings up a dialog box informing me I do not have privilege to see those files and I canceled out of the dialog box as I was worried I might accidentally erase the folder if I did not unlock it properly. Both computers were most recently running Windows 7 though the old Dell laptop originally came installed with Windows Vista.

What are the steps for recovering these files?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Recovering Files from Password Protected Laptop Hard Drive

See if this tutorial helps. Take Ownership Shortcut

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I'm one of those people who always knew I should be backing up my data, but never got myself to do it! However I have now finally started to do so and am going through each of my hard drives, one by one. Unfortunately it seems that I didn't get to one of them fast enough and it appears to have failed.

The good thing is that, using Recuva, I can see many of my files, despite a file directory that seems to have become somewhat corrupted. The bad part is that when I try recovering the files, I am faced with a cyclic redundancy check. The file is a RAW one and thus I can't use the CHKDSK /R or /F solution.

I've also tried switching to a 3rd party enclosure, but that hasn't solved the problem.

Any ideas on how I can recover my data?

Answer:Recovering Detectable Files Despite Cyclic Redundancy Check (RAW Drive)

May be try accessing the drive using Linux Live CD/USB and see if you're able to recover your files, hopefully it will overcome crc error and you will be able to get your data.

Hope this helps.

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Just recently I was hit with some sort of nasty malware that none of my detection software was able to detect (tried Norton, McAffee, Adaware pro, Spybot, AVG). This was causing my system to run well under speed. It was usable but terribly annoying. Finally I gave up and backed up all of my important files and used the transfer wizard on XP to my secondary hard drive. Then, I reformatted my C: drive and reinstalled XP home. Now, it will not let me into my backup drive (F: ) saying that it is not formatted and asking if I would like to format it now. I don't want to lose all of the backed up files and settings, and obviously formatting would cause this. Does anyone have any suggestions for what I can do in this situation?

Answer:Problems recovering\detecting files/settings on backup drive

Wht file system do u have on the F: drive

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I have an eMachine T3092 computer to which I added a Maxtor One Touch 160 gig drive, everything is out of warranty. OS = Win XP Pro w/ sp2.

Outline of problem: On 7/21 I left home with the computer and nanny cam on. Returned 2 hours later & found the following message on screen:

Windows Delayed Write Failed. Windows was unable to save all of the data for the file
J: \SMft. (J drive = Maxtor) The data has been lost. The error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or a network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.

I could not get access to this file to save it elsewhere. I could not get the Add/Remove Software list to populate. I couldn't do a system restore. I couldn't save anything to the J drive and the computer has been more than a little finicky ever since - very slow to open any/everything, insist I allow popups to open links on the web, or throws me off the internet - things like this. Anyway, tried everything I could think of to fix it, tried the things RoadRunner and eMachine suggested. Called Microsoft & pd them $59.00 to fix it and spent the entire week morning to night on the phone with them till they escalated the problem to the research team who told me that the problem is likely due to a surge, that 515K of data on the Maxtor is available to me, and that approx. 57 gigs of data is on the drive. They said I should take the drive to a local tech to have them use recovery tools to remove the data from the drive th... Read more

Answer:recovering files/folders from external Maxtor hard drive

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Hey guys, I was working with my grandfathers computer. The computer would not boot, it kept getting the BSOD with "Unmountable Boot Volume" At the top. Annoyed, I decided I was going to just back up whatever files were on it (Just his favorites, he has absolutely no documents or anything else) plugging his HD into my home PC as a slave and copying them to my flashdrive. Then I would reinstall XP Home on his Desktop, and use the flashdrive to put back his files...Sounds easy enough right? NO!!!!.....Problem is, his user account on the computer (Ralph), was Password Protected so now when I try to access any of his files (using Windows 7) I get a message saying Access Is Denied. How do I get around this. It is not possible to boot his old computer to take off the password. Are his files recoverable?
Thanks for any help!

Answer:Recovering hard drive files from unbootable, password protected hard drive?

You don't have to do all that to overcome an unmountable boot volume error...try running chkdsk /r command on the drive.

Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X is the drive letter assigned by XP and with spaces between k and X: and X: and /) and then hit Enter.


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Thankfully, I haven't had to make use of this forum in a long time, and for once, it's not a virus issue! However, it is a concern to me, as I've lost valuable documents since this started.

Over the last couple months, I will occasionally receive an error when I am in Microsoft Word 2003, typing a document. I have gotten into the good habit of periodically pressing "Save" so that I don't lose my work. Ironically, the exact opposite has been happening. Every so often, when I press save, I will receive this message: "Word cannot complete the save due to a file permission error." It only gives me the choice to click "OK" or close out the box that popped up.

I save everything to a flash drive. Generally when I see this message, I can't touch the original document anymore, and when I click "OK" or close out of the box, it then says: "Word failed reading from this file (~WRL3289). Please restore the network connection or replace the floppy disk and retry." It changes the file name to something with a "~WRL..." and it doesn't let me save the document under any name whatsoever. Instead, Word closes the document but *doesn't* auto-save it as it would in a typical situation. It's not able to rescue these documents for whatever reason.

Sometimes I've been lucky and I've maneuevered my way around and opened up a read-only version of the document and saved it to my comp... Read more

Answer:Is the problem my flash drive slot or Word?

What I would do is just always save to the desktop or another easily accessible folder, then find the file and copy it to the flash drive. Then, if you want to verify that it copied successfully, copy it back to the hard drive and open it, and see if everything is all right.
The error message isn't clear enough for me to decipher it, but you may want to read the following forum posts, especially the part about the file system of the flash drive:

Also check for any updates to your version of Word; it wouldn't hurt.

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Have any of you encountered damaged MS Word .doc 's via stashing them on a Flash Drive?
I've seen two instances of this on a Flash drive used in a Real Estate office, and fear the drive itself may be inflicting the corruption. The appearance is that the first page or so of the Doc looks fairly intact, but everything below is rendered as damaged hex code. I tried using a couple of the "repair word.doc" packages floating about but had no good effect. The damaged file can be opened by a text reader or Word itself, but scrolling about through one of them will lockup Word [office pro 2000 in this case]

thanks for any feedback on this issue.


Answer:Flash Drive damaging MS Word Docs ?????

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Both laptops OS : Win 7

As above. I bought a new laptop recently and stupidly went to surf the net for a short period without any AntiVirus protection.

Soonafter, I inserted some flash drives to transfer stuff to my new laptop, but I realised that all the files in my flash drives are hidden and replaced by shortcuts.

I suspected a virus and inserted my flash drive back to my old laptop, which AVG immediately detected as a Dorkbot Backdoor. I recovered all my files in the flash drives already.

I installed and ran AVG full scan on my new laptop, it removed mostly Dorkbot Backdoors , trojans and 1 corrupted executable.

However, I tried accessing most Antivirus sites such as Norton to test, but I can't connect to it.

I think the virus is still present somewhere.

Any help is appreciated. =)

Answer:Dorkbot Virus infection. It converts all files in flash drive to hidden files.

Update :

I've decided to reformat my new laptop since it is new anyway. It isn't a painful process yet.

Will update if the traces of the virus is still present.

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Any files I move to external drives are converted to windows system files, hidden, and have a shortcut created.  Anything in a folder is not touched.  It doesn't seem to reinfect other computers that it is subsequently plugged into.  Tried Malware Bytes and it did not remove the problem.  Running Windows 8.1.  Saw a suggestion of using Combofix on another forum, not Windows 8.1 Compatible. DSS is not compatible either it tells me.  

Answer:Files moves to flash drive converted to system files and hidden

Hello,it's important that you don't open one of these shortcuts from now on. This leads to a re-infection.Please run a FRST scan to begin with:Please download Farbar Recovery Scan Tool and save it to your Desktop.(If you are not sure which version (32-/64-bit) applies to your system, download and try to start both of them as just the right one will run.)Start FRST with administator privileges.Make sure the option Addition.txt is checked and press the Scan button.When finished, FRST will produce two logs (FRST.txt and Addition.txt) in the same directory the tool was run from.Please copy and paste these logs in your next reply.

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I just bought a new Flash Drive, and i found a problem. I copy and paste all my files from my old usb. When i try to open the word documents that i saved, it opens and then it says That the file need converting (encoding), but after i encode it, it just come out blocky not letters. Why is this happening? When i try to open it in my other USB it works...


Answer:Flash Drive - Word Documents become corrupted need encoding!

Did you remove the new USB drive properly after copying the files? Using the "safely remove hardware" feature? If you unplug the drive while copying files or somethimes even when the copy dialog has closed, you will corrupt data.

Are you using the same computer for opening the files from your old and the new USB drive?

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I type my document in Microsoft Word on my laptop computer and put them onto a flash drive from my laptop. When i go home I put in my flashdrive to sent the document by email and it goes through, but is all garbled on the receivers end.

Answer:word document on flash drive garbles in email

There are a lot of steps in between. Does the file open on the flash drive? What about when copied to the computer? What version of Word was it created with? Using standard fonts? Any special coding? Does the receiver have the same version of Word installed? Is the problem with just one recipient?

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Howdy GuysMy Uncle built me a computer a few years back now and recently i had to replace the hdd because it broke down on me (dont know what was wrong with it) - i was wondering if there was a possible way to recover the data from the broken hddIt is currently not connected to anythingAny ideas would be very much appreciatedThanks Paulo

Answer:Recovering Data from a Broken HDD

Depends on how broke! Install as a slave into your PCHow-To StepsInstall Hard DriveStep 1:Turn off the computer and unplugg the power cord.Step 2:Remove the computer cover.Step 3:Touch a metal part of the computer to ground yourself, or use a grounding strap. A kitchen table is a great place to work on a computer because of the flat space and the lack of static.Step 4:Locate the ribbon cable connected to the existing hard drive.Step 5:Change the master/slave designation of the second hard drive.Step 6:Connect the second hard drive to the second connector on the cable (colored strip should be closest to the power cable). If the cable does not have a second connector, replace it with one that does, or use a second ribbon cable to attach the second hard drive to the motherboard (if a second drive port is available).Step 7:Connect an available power cable to the hard drive.Step 8:Insert the hard drive into an available drive bay and secure with screws.Step 9:Replace the computer cover.Add Hard Drive to CMOS SetupStep 1:Start the computer.Step 2:Enter the CMOS setup program (the system generally indicates which key to press), immediately after memory check.Step 3:Use arrow keys to select Autodetect option (or comparable option for your computer) if it is available, and press Enter. If this option is not available, see step 5 to manually enter the drive parameters.Step 4:In the Autodetect screen, enter Y to select the default settings for each drive that is installed and bypass set... Read more

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Note: This is in reference to the same unit described in this post:
but the problem is of an altogether different nature.

Windows XP Media Center SP3 32-bit
Toshiba Satellite A105 S4084
Intel Pentium M T2050 1.6 GHz Dual Core

Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition
PeerGuardian 2 Beta 6b (09/18/2005)

My new 64GB Lexar? JumpDriveŽ TwistTurn USB Flash Drive has just come back with me from an Amazon adventure, and it turns out I wasn't the only one to get all varieties of bodily jungle nasties. The first issue I discovered with this drive while I was still abroad was all of the root folders suddenly having an .exe extension appended to them. They would open when double-clicked, but I was wary of the change, wondering if each request for folder access was initializing some clandestine executable. That problem was described here, moved to another part of the forum than where it was initially posted, and ultimately never addressed. Deleting these folders managed to solved the problem, or so it seemed. The original folders without any .exe were restored upon the suspicious ones' deletion.

The issue I face now is that while attempting to back up data from the drive, I notice another peculiarity; an arbitrary selection of my files have been permanently hidden. They are visible with 'Show Hidden & System Files" enabled, but the 'Hidden&#... Read more

Answer:Flash Drive Files Changed to System Files

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SystemLook 30.07.11 by jpshortstuffLog created at 20:57 on 03/09/2013 by RoldanAdministrator - Elevation successfulWARNING: SystemLook running under WOW64. Use SystemLook_x64 for accurate results.========== file ==========Cdvmvo.exe - Unable to find/read file.========== reg ==========[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN\CDVMVO](Unable to open key - key not found)-= EOF =-

Answer:all my files in my flash drive displayed to shortcut files

Hi roldan,Refer to the link mentioned below in which a similar issue was fixed: & RegardsManshu S#iworkfordell

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Continued from

Any and all help is appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Flash Drive Files Changed to System Files

Sounds as if you may need to take ownership of the files in question...
I believe MCE works the same as XP Pro...

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i am looking for a way to do this it is very costly using some co to do it

Answer:how can i extract my files from a broken hard drive on a lap

What? Please proof your posts before posting. And provide more detail.

From what I do understand, you will have to tell us how broken the hard drive is, or is it the laptop that is broken? Depending on how bad it is it may not be possible, but if it's a few bad sectors you may be able to connect it into an external USB dock or external USB hard drive enclosure, or even connect it internally to a desktop PC, and you may be able to simply copy the files off it.

Also, local shop can do some data recovery for fairly cheap, regularly hourly rates.

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my computer will no longer turn on as the switch is worn out. Can I take the hard drive out of it and put it into another computer and still access my personal files? It is about 3 years old and the computer I want to put it into is about the same kind and age. However, the computer I want to use had a bad virus and will not boot up. Will I infect my hard drive if I put it into this computer? Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Broken computer, need files from hard drive

You could try booting the computer from a Linux live CD.

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So I upgraded my computer with a new motherboard and CPU, which caused Windows 7 to bluescreen on startup every launch. I ended up deleting the partition with the system files (by booting from the Windows 7 disk) but when I went to reinstall Windows 7 I realized I only had 10GB of space left on my hard drive, whereas I needed 25GB.

What's the simplest way to access my HDD and delete some files I don't need?

Answer:Access files on hard drive with broken OS?

If you can get to the CMD(dos) window, that may be an option.

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I've had a successful setup with a MyBookWorld 500Gb blue ring NAS which has just been dropped by one my kids. I couldn't get it working so have now resorted to removing the hard drive from the enclosure. This seems ok and in a drive dock gives my pc access to the basics in Windows disc management, however it is not visible in Windows Explorer, which is to be expected as it uses a Linux file format. Does anyone have any suggestions for a program which will give me access to the files themselves so I can move them back onto a disc in my Windows 7 64bit pc?
Many thanks! Mark

Answer:Recovering data from broken MyBookWorld

It may be of good use to use a linux OS to copy the data to your C:\ drive - Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer

I understand your machine isn't dead but it shows how you can access a drive using Linux without the need to install it

Hope This Helps,

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Hello there,

I have couple of excel/word files that I store on my Jump drive, but I would like to synchronize it with my hard drive, I.e. keep a second copy of it on my hard drive. whats the easiest way to do it? and on the bigger note, How to synchronize certain files between laptop/desktop/jumdrive(USB Flash drive) and PDA??



Answer:How do I synchronize files between My Jumpdrive(USB flash drive) and Hard drive

Welcome to TSG.
The easy way to sync the files is to use the Briefcase for the files and the jump drive. The PDA part, I no can help with.

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It's a hard drive I use for music/videos/games etc.  I tried to update my iPod one morning to find that I was unable to update it and when I checked in windows explorer the folder which contained my music had changed it's type to file, and hence windows was no longer able to access the mp3's within the folder.  If I select all the files on the hard drive in explorer and right-click to find the size it says there is 929mb on the drive, however If i view how much space is taken up on the drive then it claims to contain 460Gb of data, obviously the two figures don't match!  This tells me that the data is still there but I am unable to access it.So I ran a check disk on the drive on the drive and it returned the message attached.  The gist of this message is that there isn't enough free space on the hard drive to restore these files on the hard disk.  So what I was wondering was would it be possible for me provide another hard drive which contains enough space for the dat to be restored? or am I able to access the data through msdos and move the data onto another hard drive that way?Also would this problem with space mean that purchasing data recovery software would not be worthwhile?I am running an HP G70-120EM which is running windows vista.  The hard drive is an elements 500 gb formatted to FAT32.Guess I learnt to back up the hard way!thanks for any help you can provide it is greatly appreciated![attachment deleted by admi... Read more

Answer:The links to files on my external hard drive are broken...

try and see if you can access the files in command prompt first. if so it should be possible to copy them over that wayits an odd problem i'll give you that!!sorry im not much help!andy

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Hi. I am in the process of trying to recover files. My whole D drive (the 78,148MB - see jpg attached) says it needs to be reformatted and so all the files are gone. I download a recovery program (thanks to suggested from this forum -tks!) and it shows that the files are on my computer. Now I guess I have to have somewhere to put all the files when I recover them.

I am picturing I just need to purchase a 100MB removable hard drive. Then I will just have to plug it in via USB and then transfer using the recovery program. Kind of just like when I transfer music to my mp3 player. Obviously my level of computer knowledge is NOVICE. Is that all I will need to do?


Answer:Help recovering files... recovering relocation?

what is your question? if you want best way to do it i figure a external harddrive and an os that works should do. if the windows that you have installed is not working. you can try knoppix a linux that boots from a cd

and resize your pictures

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Hi there

Just a tip (but use carefully). If you find that you have a corrupt VMDK virtual disk - on vmware it may be possible to rescue a lot of the data on it.

This is what to do :

1) Start vmware to open ANY VM (Linux or windows VM) - or f you haven't got any spare VM's then create a new one (Linux distro is probably easiest for a quick VM - although any Windows VM will do.

2) In the config file add new Disk -- ==>choose existing Virtual disk. Choose the BASE vmdk file i.e the one without the numbers like suffix -nnn-vmdk

3) power on the VM.

Now you should be able to retrieve most of the data (unless the VMDK file is totally 100% hosed up).


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When I use DVD Flick Burning files mpg files or Nero burning audio cd from mp3s.
Does it matter whether I burn from source hard drive or flash drive ?

Is it better to copy files to hard drive first before burning ?
Is it less chance of getting errors ? Or doesn't make any difference ?

Since flash drive doesn't have any parts to wear out.
Is it better to use flash drive as source or it doesn't make any difference to wearing of the hard drive ? I think it still wears out hard drive in any case regardless what source you from, but does it make any difference ?


Answer:Burning files from hard drive or flash drive ?

It makes no difference. You can use either method. Flash drives can transfer the data to the cache and DVD drive fast enough to avoid any buffer underrun errors.

If you're worried about getting errors, just drop the burning speed down a notch from maximum.

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Hi everyone, new Lenovo user here! So, I've recently ordered a U430p (no touch) online about 2 months ago. About a week ago it randomly glitched on me while I was simply browsing the web. I got the whole sad-face Microsoft blue screen of death and everything, and it said that it would restart the laptop for me. It wasn't doing that, so I got scared, and decided to manually shut the laptop down using the power button because that usually solves the problem for me. When I turned it on though, there was no longer any output on the screen, and the keyboard/laptop would light up for a second and turn off. This repeats, on and off, and the hard drive is still running fine very quietly.  HOWEVER, that's not my real question since I'm still under warranty I'm just going to send my laptop back to see if Lenovo can fix it. What I'm really wondering is, if I'm able to bring my laptop to a local computer repair store so that they could open up my laptop (the battery is on the inside) and transfer my files from my hard drive to an external one.  Is that possible without voiding my warranty in any way?? Just wanted to make sure Much help appreciated, thanks!


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Answer:Broken U430p - Can I transfer my hard drive files while still under warranty?

hi tn28,
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
AFAIK, the warranty will not be void as long as the backup process is done flawlessly.
If you haven't contacted lenovo yet, you can report the current problem with the unit and inform them that you need time to have your files backed up first before you send the machine to the repair center.
More info:
U430p Maintenance Manual (see page 34-40)
Support phone list

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I have a Win98SE. PC and I wish to transfer "My Docs" etc. from it to a newer Win XP-Pro machine with my pen drive.

The XP machine sees the USB device, but gives me a warning that it would work faster if connected to a USB 2.0 hub

When I click on the device in My Computer, it is empty sometimes, and sometimes it shows the &#8220;My Docs&#8221; folder, but this folder is empty.
(1)The version is Service Pack 3&#8230;.so it should be USB 2.0 right?

(2)The files appear on other computers, how can I get them to appear on this one?

They are FAT32 files and the receiving PC is NTFS. Is this an issue?

Many, many thanks


Answer:New PC won't see my Flash Drive files

It sounds as though you may not have the correct motherboard drivers running under XP.

1) Yes it should, but with the above proviso.

That the drive is FAT32 (as it has to be for 98SE) makes no difference.

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files on my usb have suddenly disappeared as i was using it. i was using my flash drive from a bus card on a laptop. I was also trying to install wireless connection on my computer, theyadvised me to save the settings on my flash drive. when i tried to open the flash drive everything disappeared. when i connect it to my desktop it shows me that the flash drive is still using space.

the steps i have taken to try too recover the files:
currently using a data recovery programme, however i the files are untitled and i can only open them if i purchase the product.. . and i am uncertain as to whether it will recover the exact files i want ( my assignments)

does anyone know what to do?
do you think i should purchase the prog?
Thanksin advance to all who looked at this

Answer:Files On My Usb Flash Drive Have Gone --please Help

These tools are free:Smart Media RecoverySmart FAT recoverySmart NTFS recoveryRecovery Manager

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user gghff
wiindows xp

I have a sandisk 256mb flash drive and when I get up tp 50 MB or 80 Mb I can't fit any more information on it. I checked on properties and I still have 150 MB or more space left.
The files are movie clips,pics, text files etc.. Why can't I fit more on it? Thank you.

Answer:flash drive-files won't fit


There was a long standing limit of 512 files in the root directory of removable media, floppy zip etc.

This carries over to USB flash drives.

Create folders and store the files on the flash drive in those. Not in the root folder.

Should sort things out.



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Ok this is a really weird problem I can't yet figure out.  I have a Dell Dimension 4700 with XP and an almost full hard drive (could this have to do with my problem?).  I have a 6.3 GB ISO file (already on the hard drive)that I have been trying to put on my 16 GB OCZ Deisel flash drive.  The flash drive has over 10 GB of free space, but whenever I try to put the ISO file on, it says there's not enough space.  I wondered if I needed that much space free on the hard drive to copy it, but even when there was more than 6.5 GB free on the flash drive AND the hard drive, it still said that there was not enough space on my flash drive to put it on.  Any suggestions?

Answer:Cannot put files on Flash Drive.

I am not expert at this, but I don't think the central processor should need hard drive space to move a file to your flash drive...   Please don't be offended:  you are sure of the error message?

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Hello Guys!

I tried taking a file off of a friend's computer to transfer it to another...

I plug in the flash and it comes up....I copy over the file and I see nothing

so I plug out the flash and plug it back in....and I notice that the usual name for the flash is no longer there and nothing is seen on the flash....

I checked the properties of the flash drive and I see that it still has some stuff on it....but I don't see them when I open the window.

What do I do?? I need to get those files....They're EXTREMELY Important!

If there's any program that can take off these files and place them on a computer...or if I can just see the files that are on the flash again....That would be a great help!

Thanks in Advance!

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A client needs me to provide a USB flash drive full of files that they dont want to be able to be deleted.
now i have been playing around with formatting with NTFS then setting permissions. I managed to do it on 1 flash drive. now for some reason that flash drive is write protected and corrupt... cant format cant read files from it...
does anyone know of a quick easy way of setting permissions so this can be done?
and what can I do about the corrupt flash drive?
any tips?

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for the past few years I have listened to old radio files loaded in numbered order on a USB flash drive to play in the in dash unit in my truck. Lately, the desk top I use will load the files and when reviewed on the PC, they appear in correct order, but when I play them in my truck on the Pioneer in dash, they appear out of sequence, even though the random setting is switched off. At the same time, an mp3 CD plays normally.
Thanks in advance, John

Answer:Solved: mp3 files on a USB flash drive

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I am trying to copy a bunch of files to a flash drive, JPGs actually about 300 photos.

I select all the files I want copied, select the destination (flashdrive) and select paste.

It starts out allright but after 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through I get an error saying "the destination folder cannot be created"

I've tried moving, coping, another computer, dragging and I cannot copy all the files over onto the flashdrive. I also tried another flashdrive.

The drive is no where near full.

I give up any ideas?

Thank you

Answer:Cannot copy files to flash drive..

If you are with Vista select all the files you will move right click the files and click ""send to" then select the flash drive and it will do it for you.

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Is it possible to reformat a flash drive, I have a folder in it that has about 2GB of corrupted files that I can't delete. Have tried just about everything...thanks

Answer:corrupted files in flash drive

i'm sure you can format a flash drive...else, these things would be 1 trick ponies

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how do i download drivers to a flash drive? i had to reformat my hard drive and re-install windows xp - now i cannot get on internet - i was told to download drivers to a flash drive. How do i download drivers to a flash drive - only getting option to download now - don't see a save or save as option?

Answer:Download files to flash drive?

do not choose the download manager chose the use browser option.
When you reload your drivers make sure you load them following the steps listed HERE

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I just added to established files saved on my flash drive.  I now want to modify them and they won't open.  I'm using Libra Office 4.1.  I have an HP ProBook 4540s using windows 7 professional.My husband who is much more computer knowledgeable than I am, just sent one of the files from the flash drive to his computer.  He was able to open the file.  He sent it back to my computer and I could not open it.  He thinks that Libra Office is the problem.  It can't open the file (even though it did about an hour ago).  He thinks that I should down load a new version of Libra Office.  I'm now doing a complete virus scan of my computer.  Next will be down loading Libra Office.

Answer:Can't open files on flash drive

All fixed.  Nothing showed up in the virus scan.  I uninstalled my old version of Libre Office and installed the latest version.  Everything is working now.  Some how the old version must have gotten corrupted.

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I'm new to this forum and i have a problem that i need some help with...

I've bought a 8gb pen drive but it is corrupting my files!

I connect the pen drive to pc and windows recognizes it, so i open up windows media player and tell it to sync all my music stuff to the flash drive.
The sync goes okay and after everything is completed i use the "safely remove hardware" crap and remove the pen drive from usb port.
But when i connect it back to computer it shows like 70% of the files that were transfered as corrupted, and i cannot open or play them as well.

I already tried "format" and "chkdsk" from dos but had no luck. Also tried to change the allocation size when formatting but also no luck.

I think its some kind of bad cluster problem, am i wrong?

What can i do to fix this?


Answer:Flash drive corrupts my files!

tuninho said:

I connect the pen drive to pc and windows recognizes it, so i open up windows media player and tell it to sync all my music stuff to the flash drive.
The sync goes okay ....Click to expand...

Have you tried using Windows Explorer to copy the files to the pen drive? With what result?

Have you tried a similar operation on another machine? With what result?

(BTW -- I'm assuming that only the files on the pen drive get corrupted, and the files on your hard drive are not getting corrupted. Is that accurate?)

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How do I install all of my files from my flash drive, like IE8 and all of my book marked favorites? I have 2.4 g on my flash and some I have installed (the easy ones).

Answer:install files from flash drive

you want to install to your USB flash drives or do you want run installation from flash drive?If you want to run installation program from flash files, why don't you just copy the installer to the desktop and then run it?

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I just reinstalled my OS and inserted the flash drive. It installed properly, but after I checked it the files looked like in the screenshot I attached and I can't open them. I don't want to format it because I have a lot of important files on it. I'm not sure but I think it has something to do with Virtualbox which I installed before inserting the flash drive but overall, I really don't have a clue about what's happening with it so can someone please help me?

Answer:Cannot access files on USB flash drive

I think that's just the shortcut file.

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