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Old 09-26-2012, 09:15 AM   #1
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Default My Flash Drive stopped working mysteriously

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I'm using portableapps on my flash drive; so I use it daily. Suddenly few days back, the computer hung and i had to restart it

Then, the flash drive was mysteriously not being recognized by Windows. I tried in another computer and same problem. After I formatted it, it started working again.

Can a computer hang really render the drive unrecognizable? What should I do to prevent this from happening again

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Old 09-26-2012, 12:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: My Flash Drive stopped working mysteriously

If the drive was reading/writing to the USB stick than it's possible the file system on it or something got corrupted.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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Next time it crashes open disk management to see if it is seen there without a letter.

If it is not seen there you can run testdisk and repair the partition.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:37 PM   #4
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The drive letter was seen. When I double-clicked on it in Windows, it was saying "Drive not formatted"
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Then you would have to use testdisk to repair the partition
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:24 AM   #6
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now too late as I've already formatted it, next time will use testdisk. Is this a utility that I have to download or are you referring to the default windows scandisk?
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Yes I am referring to a third party utility
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