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How to Repair a Flash Drive

Brian Ernst - Sunday, March 31, 2013

Engineer Repairing Flash Drive

USB flash drives are great for transferring files from one computer to another, backing up important documents, or even as a storage device as long as you use a flash drive backup program. Since you are reading this blog post, that last bit of advice is probably a day too late. As you have discovered, flash drives are fragile little devices that can break or stop working in the blink of an eye. The good news is that there is a very good chance you are a candidate for successful flash drive recovery. So go ahead, breathe a sigh of relief, and read on.

Fixing a flash drive with logical damage

Repair Flash Drive With Logical Damage

Logical damage refers to flash drive failure at the file-system level. Bad blocks in the memory chip or a lost or corrupted MBR table are two causes of logical damage. Some common indications are a USB device not recognized notification, a drive that says it needs to be formatted, or a drive that doesn’t show up at all.

Fixing a flash drive with logical damage can often times be accomplished with inexpensive data recovery software like FDP Wizard. If your drive is not showing up at all, try following the steps in this blog post.

How to fix a physically damaged flash drive

Physically Damaged Flash Drive

In most cases, flash drives become physically damaged either due to impact or failed components. Fixing a flash drive that was bent while inserted into a USB port usually involves replacing the connector or in some cases rebuilding a damaged circuit board. If we suspect a failed component or components, we will search our database to see what are the most commonly failed components for this particular flash drive and also use other troubleshooting techniques to identify the parts that need to be replaced.

Repairing A Flash Drive

If we can’t identify the failed components, don’t have the part in stock, or if the circuit board is damaged beyond repair, our next step is to remove the memory chip from the flash drive and either place it on a new flash drive or, as a last resort, place it on one of our NAND memory chip readers.

NAND Chip Reader

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