How can I get data off a pen drive that is not recognized?

Dr Ganesh October 26, 2010

My pendrive is not detected by my laptop. How I can extract the data inside the pendrive. Plz help me out.

  1. Aibek
    November 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Dr Ganesh,

    Did you manage to recove the files from your thumbdrive? Tried any of the above tips?

    Let us know


  2. Josh Fox
    October 27, 2010 at 4:13 am

    As Mike mentioned, it could be the USB port. Try plugging it into another. Keep in mind that almost all the time, USB ports are paired, so if you have 2 on the right side and 2 on the left, switch sides because the 2 on each respective side are probably on the same circuit.

    After that, I would suggest using a live Linux CD to try getting files off of the drive. I've had far better luck getting data off of failing (or on occasion, dead) USB drives with a standard file manager in Linux than anything available in Windows. If a full-blown desktop is alright, I would suggest downloading the desktop version of Ubuntu from for an all-around rescue disk. If you just want something small to get the job done, Damn Small Linux from should work.

  3. Mike
    October 26, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    It would be good to know if it is not recognized duo to an unsupported file system or faulty file system.

    Do you get any error or information when pluggin it in? Any confirmation that your computer recognized something being plugged in (maybe a faulty USB Port)?

    I had good experience rescueing data from a faulty flash drives using BadCopy ( and R-Studio (