A 8GB USB stick with FAT32 has got corrupted (Windows 8). In a directory, instead of files, I see a lot of "byte garbage". Looks as if some information was written directly into the directory listing, instead of into a file.

Can you recommend a good tool which can rescue information and write it in ANOTHER place? (Nothing that writes to the USB stick itself.)

  • The software has to run on Windows 8? Or can it be for other operating systems, too (if yes, which)?
    – unor
    May 17, 2015 at 22:27
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    @unor Well, Windows is preferred (7 or 8); but I have also a Mac here; and if the software is really good, I'd also go through the hassle and install Ubuntu ...
    – user14394
    May 19, 2015 at 8:14

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For years now I have been using Recuva (from the author of Ccleaner) to do just that.

It works and it is free.

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    Thank you! Can't vote you up in the moment, because I need 15 rep points ......
    – user14394
    May 19, 2015 at 8:15
  • Well, when you get them, please accept this as the answer - not that I want the points, just to show future visitors that it is the answer. Welcome aboard. I am glad to have been of help.
    – Mawg
    May 19, 2015 at 8:25

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