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    Default Is there an application to repair pen drive ??

    i m having pendrive of kingston datatraveler c10 of 4gb capacity and recently it stopped working and now its not even getting detect is there any software to repair the drive as i m having my important research data in that drive and i m freaking out Help me Out !!

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    Default Re: Is there an application to repair pen drive ??

    When you say it is not detected, do you mean not even with fdisk ? Can you give the output of fdisk -l ? If you see it as /dev/sdc1 for instance, you could try to repair it with : dosfsck -Vv /dev/sdc1
    If this does not work you could still try to create a new partition on it and toggle it into b (W95 DOS)

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    Default Re: Is there an application to repair pen drive ??

    On 2012-01-15 09:56, soni shrikant wrote:
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    > i m having pendrive of kingston datatraveler c10 of 4gb capacity and
    > recently it stopped working and now its not even getting detect is there
    > any software to repair the drive as i m having my important research
    > data in that drive and i m freaking out Help me Out !!


    There are companies that do that for money.

    Software to repair if not even detected? I doubt it. Not mounted, perhaps.

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    Default Re: Is there an application to repair pen drive ??

    Complete failure of thumbdrives is not an uncommon occurrence, particularly with off-brand media, and I've had six or seven thumbdrives fail on me over the last few years in exactly the way that you've described.

    Though I haven't proven it yet, I suspect that the cause is hardware failure, probably a broken solder. In this case, there's no application that will recover the data from the broken drive.

    Easiest thing to do would be to restore the data from your backups.

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    Default Re: Is there an application to repair pen drive ??

    On 2012-01-15 15:36, leisa wrote:


    > Though I haven't proven it yet, I suspect that the cause is hardware
    > failure, probably a broken solder. In this case, there's no application
    > that will recover the data from the broken drive.


    The cause is that all thumbdrives will fail. The number of writes you can
    do is limited, so the more you use them, the earlier they will fail.

    > Easiest thing to do would be to restore the data from your backups.


    Absolutely.



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    Default Re: Is there an application to repair pen drive ??

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    The cause is that all thumbdrives will fail. The number of writes you can
    do is limited, so the more you use them, the earlier they will fail.
    Sure, in theory. But this is surely not the case with the vast majority of thumbdrives. Modern flash memory can easily take 100,000+ write/erase cycles without wearing out. I haven't done the math but I imagine that it would take an awfully long time (years?) to cause that kind of damage. I could possibly see it eventually happening with a solid state drive that is installed in a machine that is running 24x7 and subject to constant write/erase cycles but not a thumbdrive that is typically plugged-in, written-to, then unplugged.

    I'm actually looking at an 8GB no-name thumbdrive that I purchased in June, 09. It failed in October of that year after having been written to exactly four times. It's not the flash memory that's worn out. I've had several bargain-brand thumbdrives that have suffered similar fates, literally lasting only weeks.

    On the other hand, I still have my 512MB Verbatim thumbdrive that's probably close to ten years old and that was used as a daily backup drive for years until just recently. Now it's been relegated to hosting a bootable version of Clonezilla.

    Still, fact is that I don't trust any storage media not to fail. My most important data is backed-up to two locations off-site (online) locations as changes are made to the data, several times every day. I also backup that same data daily to two different thumbdrives. In addition, I backup my entire home partition to an external hard drive regularly, usually every couple of days. Overkill perhaps, but I've learned not to blindly trust the reliability of storage media.

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    Default Re: Is there an application to repair pen drive ??

    Nah that's a dead drive now
    i didn't even got the chance to recover my project stored in it
    but hopefully i found a backup copy of my project in my college So No Worries Now
    AND DON'T TRUST THESE PEN DRIVES
    i bought it coz it was of Kingston a big brand and it ditched me !!
    Now i Store Data in my Sky Drive

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