How can I recover a disk that my computer detects but won’t read?

Algirdas R July 18, 2013
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My PC detects USB drive, but can’t open it. When I go to Computer Management I see all my disks, but for this particular disk the computer displays “No Media” and that’s all. I have tried a few things to fix it, but nothing helped.

So what can I do?

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  1. Ailsa J
    September 5, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Try reinstall the USB drive program, and then connect the USB drive again to your computer.
    If you want to recover files from USB stick, maybe this article can help you:
    http://www.kvisoft.com/tutorials/recover-files-from-usb-stick-with-usb-recovery-software.html

  2. Andrea G
    July 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I would also try connecting the HD directly or with another enclosure. It happened to me a few times that external enclosures stopped working properly, I guess due to power issues.

    It could also be that the drive is (nearly) dead, better consider the hypothesis. If that is the case, and if you manage to get it to work, make a full backup right away and try a full-reformat and surface check to see how bad it is.

  3. Hovsep A
    July 18, 2013 at 7:27 am

    try this microsoft solution
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Tips-for-solving-problems-with-USB-devices

    also try your usb device on another pc to be sure that it is not your windows problem.