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HELP ! USB drive not readable!!

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I have a 4gb usb drive that worked fine at one point. I think I ejected it wrong and when I try to use it now, a prompt comes out with the following: The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer. Then it provides me with initialize, ignore and eject. When I initialize it takes me to disk utilities where I would be able to attempt and repair this disk. But when it goes to the disk utility page all of the buttons are grayed out. I am not allowed to do anything. I checked the info on the device and it reads the following:
Name : SanDisk U3 Titanium Media
Type : Disk

Partition Map Scheme : Unformatted
Disk Identifier : disk1
Media Name : SanDisk U3 Titanium Media
Media Type : Generic
Connection Bus : USB
USB Serial Number : 1738121618C02EF8
Device Tree : /PCI0@0/EHC2@6,1/@2:0
Writable : Yes
Ejectable : Yes
Mac OS 9 Drivers Installed : No
Location : External
Total Capacity : 3.7 GB (4,022,337,024 Bytes)
S.M.A.R.T. Status : Not Supported
Disk Number : 1
Partition Number : 0

I'm really freaking out, there is loads of important stuff on that drive that I haven't backed up in 2 months. Is there anyway where I can either reformat or get this drive repaired so I can retrieve my data. If anyone could please help, I would truly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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If I were in your shoes, I would try attaching it to a Windows and a Linux machine to see if you have any luck that way. I've seen OS X be too quick to write off a corrupted disk before.

Another option might be some data recovery software like Data Rescue 3:

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