Hot Deal An experimental way recover corrupted pendrive(might/might not work)

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Edit:This will erase data suggested by @deb3l bhai.

So, I removed my pendrive, while my laptop awoke from its slumber. I plugged it in again and it was showing the drive letter with nothing to show about storage etc. I tried using diskpart commands. list disk, select disk 2(assuming disk 2 is pendrive), clean. It threw some error and I gave up on the pendrive.
Yesterday, I used rufus to write Ubuntu image on another pendrive. It booted up alright. Then I shut down my PC and on next restart the Pendrive was corrupted. It wont show up in file manager and diskpart could not touch it. So, I tried to rewrite another iso on it by rufus, and I cancelled the operation in the middle. The pendrive is now working guys. I tried 4 different corrupted pendrives, they all work now except one.
So, guys try this and tell me what you got.
steps:



  1. download and run rufus

  2. need another bootable iso

  3. try to write the iso on the corrupted pendrive

  4. If it succeeds then cancel the operation in the midst
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Shared here : https://www.desidime.com/discussions/an-experim...

If you feel up to it, you can have a dekko at this small, old, but fairly robust utility called H2testw by Harald Bögeholz.

long back, came across it http://tpb.ee/user/maxfacto...0/

and seemingly the FTP download link of the compressed file still works🙂 ftp://ftp.heise.de/pub/ct/ctsi/h2testw_1.4.zip

okay, just checked… even the worldwide web-site too still is very much active https://www.heise.de/suche/?q=H2testw&sort_by=relevance

It is a simple utility that worked fine at-least for the (flash) media and (magnetic) drives of that era.
Helps do enough troubleshooting.

Seemingly, some users discussed or mentioned it as useful http://tpb.ee/torrent/4437316/utility%20to%20te...
[email protected] used to be the on-line contact of Harald Bögeholz.

Though they/he also had/has other great utilities, like those for formatting.
personally and as a matter of principle
i prefer formatting flash media, thumb drives, SD cards by using the recommend utilities released by SD Association itself (as opposed to using the native ones on operating systems; say Windows OS).


These ought to be more attuned to do the job, in my view. https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter/
https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter/eula_windows/index.html

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I have a pendrive which has all my important files in it. But i am not able to add, move, edit or delete any file. It’s become kind of a DVD now.

I am not able to format the pendrive too.

Any solution?

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Darknet_India wrote:

I have a pendrive which has all my important files in it. But i am not able to add, move, edit or delete any file. It’s become kind of a DVD now.

I am not able to format the pendrive too.

Any solution?

Bhai copy the contents of the pd to your pc. Try this method. If it fails buy a new one.

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You are lucky that Rufus is detecting it. Whenever I deal with this kind of crazy stuff, they go beyond Rufus way. In my case, linux or partition tools is the only to-go solutions. I’ll keep this in mind next time I mess any drive

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andromeda wrote:

You are lucky that Rufus is detecting it. Whenever I deal with this kind of crazy stuff, they go beyond Rufus way. In my case, linux or partition tools is the only to-go solutions. I’ll keep this in mind next time I mess any drive

Yes. Gparted is very powerful 🙂🙂

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Well similar happened with me but the pendrive was not even showing up and in the disk management it was there but no option to manage the partition.
After a long search and headache I was able to rewrite the drivers with the help of a software and pendrive is working fine.
The process of finding correct driver for your pendrive is quite hard I had tried everything and lose hope but this one really worked out.

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Ash-D wrote:

Well similar happened with me but the pendrive was not even showing up and in the disk management it was there but no option to manage the partition.
After a long search and headache I was able to rewrite the drivers with the help of a software and pendrive is working fine.
The process of finding correct driver for your pendrive is quite hard I had tried everything and lose hope but this one really worked out.

Driver you mean for your computer right? I beleive if you uninstall the usb drivers and hit the hardware scan button, windows will automatically detect and install

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andromeda wrote:

Driver you mean for your computer right? I beleive if you uninstall the usb drivers and hit the hardware scan button, windows will automatically detect and install

No I mean the system files of pendrive not drivers of my computer.

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Rufus is my all-time favorite ISO tool. Now this is another good way to make stuff work. smile
Thx for the twitch bro. 👏 Don’t have any dead PD to experiment. But will definitely gonna try this if it comes anytime. wink KP!

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Ash-D wrote:

No I mean the files of pendrive not my computer.

Ok firmware you mean, how do you write them to pendrive?

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Typical windows weakness in handling corrupted boot drives, it is always recommended to use a live linux install to check to rule out any software related issue because if the issue happens even with live linux then hardware is at fault.

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Will this step work for laptop Hard drive.I converted my old laptop hard drive into an external hard drive but it is not getting detected. I want to recover the data from it.

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Aravind_18 wrote:

Will this step work for laptop Hard drive.I converted my old laptop hard drive into an external hard drive but it is not getting detected. I want to recover the data from it.

Brother, this method ll erase data. 😔😔

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guest_999 wrote:

Typical windows weakness in handling corrupted boot drives, it is always recommended to use a live linux install to check to rule out any software related issue because if the issue happens even with live linux then hardware is at fault.

🙂🙂 I bet a lot of people have thrown their pds thinking that they are bricked. 2 pds I recovered had data, they got corrupted because of improper removal methods. Now they work like a charm. Maybe some bug in Win 10.

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Aravind_18 wrote:

Will this step work for laptop Hard drive.I converted my old laptop hard drive into an external hard drive but it is not getting detected. I want to recover the data from it.

Use linux and see if the partition can be accessed or fixed. Or try recovery partition tools and recover data.

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andromeda wrote:

Ok firmware you mean, how do you write them to pendrive?

This software:
https://www.usbdev.ru/files/chipg...s/
Get this and find details of your pen drive to find appropriate firmware.
Then use this website to download the right firmware and flash it.
http://www.flashdrive-repai...m/

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bikidas2060 wrote:

Brother, this method ll erase data. 😔😔

Pls mention that in the op as well – to try with Linux before trying this, for the safeguard of data.

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Ash-D wrote:

This software:
https://www.usbdev.ru/files/chipg...s/
Get this and find details of your pen drive to find firmware
Then use this website to download firmware and flash it
http://www.flashdrive-repai...m/

Got it. Usually manufacturers prevent or in other words it gets difficult to take control over the chipset through standard USB port unless the manufactures enable bootloader or some similar layer on the drive. This will be an overhead for both the firmware and hardware.

So they usually resort to provide access to update firmware via some test points on the drive PCB. It is little hard to decipher without proper device datasheet, but they are pretty standard serial data transmission protocols. And the USB drives have become so cheap that most manufacturers do not even provide this due to cost saving or motto to increase sales

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Oh Mahn this Rufus always too have problems for me. I too had similar problem when i was trying to mount my file on Rufus but somehow i did it right lol.

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andromeda wrote:

Use linux and see if the partition can be accessed or fixed. Or try recovery partition tools and recover data.

Thanks bro.I need to install Linux and check.Apart from Diskpart any other recovery partition tools available?

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Aravind_18 wrote:

Thanks bro.I need to install Linux and check.Apart from Diskpart any other recovery partition tools available?

Minitool

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Aravind_18 wrote:

Thanks bro.I need to install Linux and check.Apart from Diskpart any other recovery partition tools available?

I found easeus tool to be most useful in my experiments. And that too a specific version, remember it is 4.xx

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bikidas2060 wrote:

https://www.desidime.com/forums/dost-and-dimes/...


↯↯on a side note↯↯

Bikiଭାଇ🙏🏽
If you feel up to it, you can have a dekko at this small, old, but fairly robust utility called H2testw by Harald Bögeholz.

long back, came across it http://tpb.ee/user/maxfacto...0/

and seemingly the FTP download link of the compressed file still works🙂 ftp://ftp.heise.de/pub/ct/ctsi/h2testw_1.4.zip

okay, just checked… even the worldwide web-site too still is very much active https://www.heise.de/suche/?q=H2testw&sort_by=relevance

It is a simple utility that worked fine at-least for the (flash) media and (magnetic) drives of that era.
Helps do enough troubleshooting.

Seemingly, some users discussed or mentioned it as useful http://tpb.ee/torrent/4437316/utility%20to%20te...
[email protected] used to be the on-line contact of Harald Bögeholz.

Though they/he also had/has other great utilities, like those for formatting.
personally and as a matter of principle
i prefer formatting flash media, thumb drives, SD cards by using the recommend utilities released by SD Association itself (as opposed to using the native ones on operating systems; say Windows OS).


These ought to be more attuned to do the job, in my view. https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter/
https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter/eula_windows/index.html

Bikiଭାଇ, should you feel any of ↿this↸ is relevant, you may add an addendum to the main post or as a Wiki.
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Aravind_18 wrote:

Thanks bro.I need to install Linux and check.Apart from Diskpart any other recovery partition tools available?

You don’t need to install anything on hdd, live linux works directly from a pen drive. Also don’t do anything before doing thorough research & read some tutorials available on major tech sites else you might end up destroying any small chance of data recovery. Always keep in mind that if you want to recover data from hdd then you must not write any new data to it.

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Ash-D wrote:

This software:
https://www.usbdev.ru/files/chipg...s/
Get this and find details of your pen drive to find appropriate firmware.
Then use this website to download the right firmware and flash it.
http://www.flashdrive-repai...m/

this is what i got for hp pd which does not show as drive in explorer but shown as unidentified device in device in printer

Description: USB Mass Storage Device
Device Type: Mass Storage Device

Protocal Version: USB 2.00
Current Speed: High Speed
Max Current: 300mA

USB Device ID: VID = 03F0 PID = 5607

Device Revision: 1100

Controller Part-Number: Unknown

what to do next

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Easeus recovery tool try kro

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dearajay wrote:

this is what i got for hp pd which does not show as drive in explorer but shown as unidentified device in device in printer

Description: USB Mass Storage Device
Device Type: Mass Storage Device

Protocal Version: USB 2.00
Current Speed: High Speed
Max Current: 300mA

USB Device ID: VID = 03F0 PID = 5607

Device Revision: 1100

Controller Part-Number: Unknown

what to do next

You have installed chip genious?? Link below
https://www.desidime.com/links?ref=discussion&u...
It should show up more information like chip vendor, chip part no. then only can look for the correct firmware.

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You missing anything here bro?
I mean kindly mention how 4 of your PDs got corrupted at 1st place? smile

I strongly believe that most of them were rendered undetected only after you made them bootable via Rufus. Isn’t it?
Asking as it happened with me last month and Rufus only was the culprit. Although I fixed the issue somehow.

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happydeals wrote:

You missing anything here bro?
I mean kindly mention how 4 of your PDs got corrupted at 1st place? smile

I strongly believe that most of them were rendered undetected only after you made them bootable via Rufus. Isn’t it?
Asking as it happened with me last month and Rufus only was the culprit. Although I fixed the issue somehow.

Used Rufus a lot.
Never faced this issue. Hopefully this isn’t the problem with Rufus.

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Chandler_Bing wrote:

Used Rufus a lot.
Never faced this issue. Hopefully this isn’t the problem with Rufus.

Me too using since 2015. Happened 1st time last month confused

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