USB flash drive troubles

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by GMacDaddyTPO, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. GMacDaddyTPO macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2007
    I was wondering if anyone knew this one. I accidentally removed my flash drive without ejecting the other day, and now when I insert it into any Mac, it comes up

    When I open disk utility, it looks like the attached. I can't "Repair" it, can't erase it, nothing.

    Anyone have any ideas? Or is she dead for good?

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  2. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
  3. GMacDaddyTPO thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2007
    Yeah....that's what I was thinking...
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    I've never used it on a flash drive, but you might try GParted. It's a linux live CD (you can boot and run everything off the CD, when you're done, just reboot and eject the cd and you're back to normal)

    I've had pretty good luck recovering hard drives with this. but you'll need to know a few linux terminal commands, google is your friend here, the ones you want are

    ls - List files
    cd - Change directory (folder)
    "cd Desktop" for example to change to desktop folder
    "cd /" to change to the highest level of the drive
    "cd .." to go up a directory

    cp - copy file (or folder) requires 2 arguments
    cp some_file new_location

    you can use wild cards
    "cp * new_location" would copy all files - can also do "cp a*" all files starting with lowercase a.
    "./" current directory so "cp /some_file ./" would copy a file to the directory you are in.

    all this is only if you need to recover files, if you just want to reformat the stick, you don't need any of those commands as the format and partition program is all graphical

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