How to Retrieve Lost USB Pen Drive Data

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8/24/2011 12:00:00 AM

How to Retrieve Lost USB Pen Drive Data
Data loss can be a nightmare. USB pen drives are used to transport data between computers, back up important files, share pictures and much more. Regardless of what may be stored on the pen drive, you don't want to lose your data. Should the unthinkable happen, odds are you can retrieve your lost data. Data can sometimes be lost due to accidental deletion, a corrupt file from another computer or a bad sector on your USB pen drive. There is a free program called TestDisk that will help you retrieve your lost files.
Things You'll Need:TestDisk
      Step 1
Insert the USB pen drive into an available USB port.
      Step 2
Download TestDisk. Unzip the files. For Windows, right-click the executable, choose "Unzip" and press "Extract All Files." Open the extracted folder once complete.
      Step 3
Open the folder "testdisk-6.10". Your version number may vary.
      Step 4
Open the "win" folder. This folder may be different depending on your operating system. Choose "photorec_win" to open the recovery software.
      Step 5
Use your arrow keys to select the media to recover files from. Press "Enter" to continue. Your media will be named based on the brand of USB pen drive you have.
      Step 6
Select a partition type. If unsure, choose "None."
      Step 7
Choose one of the options from the bottom of the DOS screen. Most users will only need to select "Search". "Search" begins the file recovery process. Recovered files are stored in the "recup_dir.1" directory in the "win" folder from Step 4. "Options" determines whether to recover corrupt files or not. "File Opt" allows you to choose specific file extensions to search for. "Quit" exits the program

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 FAQ
The biggest trend that everyone's looking forward to is USB 3.0, of course! Super Talent has already released three SuperSpeed USB flash drives that take advantage of the new interface with reported speeds that are five to eight times faster than the fastest USB 2.0 flash drives. Expect more USB 3.0 drives from other manufacturers to follow shortly.
Another big development with flash drives is how hardware encryption is becoming more of a commodity than a luxury or enterprise feature, being built into flash drives from a range of manufactuers for as little as $20 USD. Drives certified against the FIPS 140-2 standard are almost as cheap, now available at the $60 USD price point from online retailers.
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is the next advancement in USB technology. (USB stands for Universal Serial Bus.) Most of your computer peripherals are probably operating via USB 2.0 (if you haven't updated in a while, they may be using USB 1.1). As with most things computer technology related, an advancement typically mean making it faster.
Naturally, this gets computer peripherals manufacturers very excited because they love it when technology makes their products work faster. So there have been many manufacturers jumping on the 3.0 bandwagon, and you'll be sure to see this increase as time goes on.
How much faster is USB 3.0?
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 is said to be 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Maximum USB 2.0 speeds are 480MBps, and USB 3.0 speeds are said to reach 4.8GBps. Even though it's unlikely that computer peripherals will reach the max in either standard, the improvement in speed between the two standards is quite vast.
What will USB 3.0 be good for?
Anything that requires fast transfer speeds will benefit from the new standard. Storage devices and webcams, in particular, will reap the profits because they require speedy transfer speeds for optimal operation.
USB 3.0 is also engineered to provide more power to devices while they're being used. This has many potential advances, including faster charging times for devices that use USB for charging.
Do I need a new computer if I have USB 3.0 devices?
No. Your SuperSpeed devices will work in USB 2.0 ports if it says they are backward compatible (and most, if not all, have been engineered so that they are). In order to get that extra boost of speed, however, your computer must have USB 3.0 ports.
Will my old computer peripherals still work if I have USB 3.0 ports?
Yes, your USB 2.0 devices should work when they are plugged into USB 3.0 ports.

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