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Help needed after "repairing" usb stick -16gb

132 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 6, 2012 12:43 PM by LexSchellings RSS
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Dec 6, 2012 11:58 AM

Hi there,

currently have a problem with my Lexar usb stick, approx. 2 years old, 16gb stick. I went for the usual cleaning method of removing files, and checking sizes of folders etc one day, and then decided to check a folder, right clicked and went the usual "get info" started to think...and then ejected the usb stick. Plugged it back in, and did the same thing...same result. So the third time i plugged it back in and decided to do a repair disk in Disk Utilities.

It ran its course, and then it ejected by itself, thinking it was done its job. i unplug it from the side of my Macbook Pro...running Snow Leopard...and then plugged it back in...and nothing came up...

Usually a little light on the usb stick lights up, but nothing happened....tried plugging it in a few times, nothing.

Tried a variety of PC computers....the only thing i can see is that the disk keeps ejecting itself from the device manager....but i cannot mount it or anything.

I need help, as there are crucial files on it.

Also, when I try to do a boot to windows from Mac, when you hold option/alt down, it thinks and keeps thinking but never shows the drive. ....assuming its why can windows at least see it, just not connect it as a drive.

Whenever I try running recovery programs it does not find it.

so again, I cannot do much, but would really like to just put it out there for anyone who has successfully taken care of these problems in the past.


Thank you for anyone who helps me out.

much appreciated.


I've tried running Linux as well, but not too familiar with the usb stick does not even connect there either.

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MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 12:43 PM (in response to doomsterm)

    USB stick is Flash memory you should not delete files often, the only thing you should if you need to free space on it is FORMAT.

    You can try and connect it, Disk Utility should see it. Do erase and use format FAT32.

    If Disk Utility does not see it, try the same on a windows PC; if that does not work either... gone:


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