Many times this message is seen in hard drives, disk drives, flash drives, and external USB thumb drives that have lost their formatting. Most likely (96%) a large portion or all of the files still exist, but the index and/or the formatting and partition information is missing, damaged, or corrupt, preventing your machine from recognizing the files that still exist. The next few steps you take are critical:
- Do NOT format your drive if you want to retrieve all your files
- Do NOT ask anyone at Dell, HP, or Gateway tech support how to recover your files, this goes for all other “phone tech-support” organizations. The results will be catastrophic.
- Do NOT attempt to recover the files yourself if they are important to you, unless you know exactly what you are doing
- Attempting recovery using software may be more expensive and risky than using a professional and affordable data recovery company
Always consult a data recovery expert before attempting any recoveries yourself. You may be surprised how affordable the process really is. Find out what other steps to take and get a free data recovery quote by contacting the Data Recovery Experts