OK, I don't really know much about data recovery, though there are Pro's here, so maybe
start a new post with "how to recover data from corrupted usb"
or something like that...I do know that programs like testdisk, photorec are good
systemrescuecd, pmagic and similar all have them probably.
I don't know if you can recover files after formatting..
Since I use it with my Linux machines should I reformat it to ext3?
I have 2 usb's, a 2gb and a 4gb kingston data travelers.
no problems with either.
2GB is formatted fat32, whole device
4gb is formatted ext3, whole device
very good grub/ext3/usb install here
this works Flawlessly dude;
very important notes....
1) dis-connect hd when using above method.
2) don't need to partition usb
3) using grub, even pc's that can't boot from usb
can boot using plop bootmanager or a grub.iso(most pc's)
also, never put a swap parttion on usb, it's bad
other things bad for usb-
full installs, eg slack, debian, etc
using options like home=sdxx opt=sdxx etc
again, lots of writes
best to use frugal distro's
I have 7 distro's on ext3 4gb usb now
they all run good too, some with persistence.
you wanna experiment with playing with pmagic, clonezilla
and data recovery tools?
you need portable-qemu and install some shit and hack it down, then try to
see this post, and if you have a suggestion I'd appreciate it
and some single-partition portable distro's
like a fox
need help, I'm around