USB drive wont mount need help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mrkramer, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. mrkramer macrumors 603

    mrkramer

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    I am trying to recover some files from a USB flash drive for a friend. It is a San Disk 2GB, and it has some school assignments that she unfortunately did not have a backup of, so I need a way to recover those files. The drive just does not show up anywhere, it doesn't show up in the finder, disk utility or the terminal. When I plug it in it briefly will have the light showing it is connected come on but that will go off immediately. I took it apart and it does not appear that anything is physically broken on it.
    Does anyone know of any software or other way of getting it off? paying a Data recovery service to get it off isn't an option as she would have to redo everything on it before they could do anything.
    Thanks for any help.
     
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  3. mrkramer thread starter macrumors 603

    mrkramer

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    Unfortunatly since i'm doing it for a friend it is not mine so i don't know what file system, but it is probably whatever those drives normally ship with which will mount on a Mac. and this drive has been tried on windows PCs with the same results.
     
  4. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    Probably won't help, but spray the contact pins with some electronic contact cleaning spray. Could be some crud there? Try inserting it only 3/4 way too, that's worked for me before.

    And you're plugging it directly into your Mac, right, not into a hub?
     

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