Having a flashdrive (or memory card) is extremely useful these days.
Since CDs and DVDs are going out of fashion (and Floppy disks are antiques now), flashdrives and such portable storage solutions are a must for those whose work is based on computers.
But what if you lose files on those devices – as in ending up with a corrupt flashdrive or accidentally deleting files?
Sounds scary, right?
Well, there are still some ways of working out a solution for such situations – and they are pretty simple.
- Ending up with an un-accessible flashdrive.
If the pendrive is physically inaccessible, don’t bother to read on. Try and find it. XD
If the files are not accessible on computers (with you probably using Windows as your OS), boot you PC with a Linux distro and voila! you might be able to access those ‘lost’ files.
These method is extremely helpful for recovering files from corrupt flashdrives or devices and backing them up. Sometimes, you might even be able to fix the device my formatting them in Linux (or even Windows).
If installing Linux seems like a huge task, you can boot Linux simply from a bootable USB or CD. You can use Puppy Linux for the same as it is a lightweight version of the OS.
- Accidentally deleted files.
Deleted files can be recovered from flashdrive and even from HDDs.
Transcend’s (yes, the flashdrive company) recovery tool called JetFlash is pretty good for recovering deleted data.
Another software, Recuva is also a good option. I succeeded in recovering some of my deleted files with Recuva and it turned out to be a really good tool. Plus, it’s free!
- ‘Access Denied’ or similar problem on Windows.
Sometimes, it so happens that the flashdrive gets affected by virus that doesn’t allow you to access the files.
In such a situation, using the ‘Explore’ option (instead of the ‘Open’ option) from the right-click menu in Windows often works for accessing the files. In the worst case, it won’t work. That’s where the Linux method comes in.
Hope the above tips helped you in recovering or accessing your files.
Stay tuned to i9finite for more such articles.
Happy storing files. (Okay, that was lame). XD