how to recover data from dead usb the easy way
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I got a call the other day about a broken flash drive. “USB not recognized” message was popping up when a failed usb stick was plugged into the computer. Flash drive can stop showing up for may different reasons, from failed controller to bad memory and everything in between, so lets break it down.
One of the basic ways of recovering data from a non-working flash drive is to repair it. Certain components such as power input resistors, connectors, oscillators have a tendency to fail and leave you without access to the data. I checked the connector and resistor, and both were fine. For pen drive repair I could have tried to swap an oscillator, but I opted for something a little more “challenging”. One of the best ways to prevent data loss on flash drive is to have an identical working donor flash drive that can be used for the memory chip transplant. This client had purchased more that one flash drive, so I asked him to bring both of them in.
To recover data from a dead flash drive using a working donor flash drive is not a complicated task if you have the proper equipment. Both chips will need to be de-soldered. Good board and memory chip from failed usb stick would need to be wicked and prepped, and only then bonded by new solder. As long as the units are identical – it should work like a charm.
This process without fast-forwarding took me approximately 10 minutes to complete, and recovery was 100% complete. I highly recommend buying 2 identical flash drives specifically for this reason. It could be your best data recovery insurance next time your flash drive dies.
If you got a flash drive not showing up on your computer and you need data recovered from it. First, try to remember if you bought more than one of these flash drives. Second, contact us for flash drive recovery help.
Tools needed for this job.
Rework station to de-solder chips
Soldering iron with precision tip
Working identical donor
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