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Beginners Guides: Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection

Beginners Guides: Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection - PCSTATS
Abstract: One of the major benefits of flash memory is that they are compatible with many of the data recovery programs designed to retrieve accidentally deleted files from computer hard disks.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Apr 06 2011   Mike Dowler  
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Recovering data from a Formatted Device

If you have formatted your flash device since it last had the file(s) you are looking for, it's time to bring out the slightly bigger guns. If you've read PCSTATS critical Beginners Guide on hard disk data recovery, you'll know that CGSecurity's TestDisk program is one of the best freely available data recovery programs out there. It's not that easy to use, but it gets great results.

Unfortunately, TestDisk does not work too well on flash memory devices, but the good news is that more recent versions of the program come with a second piece of recovery software called PhotoRec. PhotoRec is especially designed to recover pictures and other file formats from flash memory devices. Lucky us.

Using CGSecurity PhotoREC

Download the latest version of TestDisk from the CGSecurity site. For the purposes of this article we used version 5.9, but the latest version available is 6.11. Extract the archive to a directory on your hard drive. Open the directory in explorer and go to the 'win' subdirectory.

Ensure that your flash memory device is inserted and detected, then double click on the PhotoREC icon to run the program.

Ahh! No GUI... don't be intimidated. PhotoREC is considerably easier to use than its sibling program TestDisk, as there are far fewer options.

The main screen displays a list of the physical drives attached to the system, including your flash memory device. The easiest way to tell which is which is by looking at the size of each drive, which is listed in Megabytes. The program will list installed hard drives first though.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
 Pg 2.  The Perils of Portable Memory
 Pg 3.  Flash Data Loss... or Theft
 Pg 4.  Recovering Erased Data From a Flash Memory Device
 Pg 5.  — Recovering data from a Formatted Device
 Pg 6.  Using CGSecurity PhotoREC
 Pg 7.  Attempting recovery of data from a corrupted drive

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