How can I recover files from a thumb drive that had an error while running chkdsk?

LeonardP April 5, 2012
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My thumb drive showed the message “files or directory corrupted”. I followed instructions from your site to run CMD, chkdsk e: /r, y to convert lost chains to files etc. All was going as specified until the message “Insufficient disk space to recover lost data” appeared
followed by:

7690152 KB in 1060142 recovered files.
Windows found problems with the file system that could not be corrected.
7,971,612 KB total disk space.
316 KB in 1 hidden files.
316 KB in 1 folders.
80,000 KB in 20,000 files.
8 KB in bad sectors.
240,804 KB are available
4,096 bytes in each allocation unit.
1,992,903 total allocation units on .
60,201 allocation units available on disk.

HELP! when returning to “My Computer”, the thumb drive is now accessible and no files are available. Please tell me there is a way to recover my files.

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  1. FIDELIS
    April 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Hello, try using recuva by piriform.  It is one of the easiest to use recovery programs, but do not expect miracles:

    http://www.piriform.com/recuva

  2. ha14
    April 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    perhaps they are hidden
    1. Go to control Panel, Folder Options -- select VIEW--- select Show hidden files and folders and uncheck Hide protected operating system files (recommended)  click APPLY

    or

    on "Start" -->Run-->type cmd and click on OK.
    if your hard drive as G: if not change it to yours
    Enter this command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:*.* 
    Then check if your real files will be shown

    now if the hard drive is formatted then you have to try some recovery soft.
    TestDisk & PhotoRec
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

    Recuva
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva