USB stick go die

  dvdcllns 16:09 02 Dec 2010
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I use a 2Gb USB stick for general use at work and then back it all up onto the desktop when at home.
Plugged it in at home yesterday, the light at the end flashed a couple of times then I'm told 'One or more devices isn't recognised' etc etc. I've tried it in a couple of machines but get the same 'not recognised' message.
Is this USB stick really dead (I seem to think so) or is there some clever free software out there that just might help out?

  BRYNIT 16:32 02 Dec 2010

If it fails on all computers it looks like its dead.

Software cannot read from a flash drive if a computer cannot see it.

You could try it in the computer at work. If it works try reformatting the flash drive before putting anything else on it.

  dvdcllns 17:14 02 Dec 2010

I thoughtas much, thanks for the response though.

  grey george 20:18 02 Dec 2010

If you think it is dead it may be worth poping the case and looking for a broken connection.

  Batch 09:05 03 Dec 2010

There is (free) software out there that can sometimes reset faulty pen drives, but these will not enable you to retrieve data from the drive - that will be lost.

Just google something like "software faulty pen drive"

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