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    Angry Faulty Flash Drive Recovery

    Hi, any help on this would be really good....

    I have a teacher who has come to me saying her USB Flash drive is dead. Shes tried it at home, and on various computers at school.
    I said that the likelihood of me being able to fix it are very slim.

    After plugging into the computer, I get a USB Device not recognized warning message down by clock.
    No sign of the drive in disk management, but I notice in Device Manager Unknown Device: Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)

    This is the USB drive.

    I have a Hirens Network Boot disk and I am hoping there may be something on there which may help me.

    Does anyone have any suggestions. THis is my last day at work before the holidays and I would really like to get a resolve on this problem.
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    Hi,
    One of our teachers had the same issue with a portable external hdd. I used linux, which had detected the drive and was able to recover the contents. Try and see if that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by has View Post
    Hi,
    One of our teachers had the same issue with a portable external hdd. I used linux, which had detected the drive and was able to recover the contents. Try and see if that helps.

    H
    Hi good suggestion. I happen to have an system with Suse on. Just given it a go but nothing on linux. It is like the drive is not even plugged in

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    I've never done it, but it's possible to crack open the drive and solder the chip to a USB lead.

    P.S. Possibly a last resort technique!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    I've never done it, but it's possible to crack open the drive and solder the chip to a USB lead.

    P.S. Possibly a last resort technique!
    i have done this when a usb stick has been snapped at the connector, it might just need opening up and having the broken connections temporarily bridged to get the data off, either way the usb stick is junk afterwards.

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    photorec (on ultimate boot cd) will recover files from a file system
    testdisk (on ...... ) will recover partitions

    Soldering the connector will fix some physical connectivity problems.

    But there are also device failures that could be very costly to have recovered.

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    Tell her it's fine she should just use her backup........

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Tell her it's fine she should just use her backup........


    Teacher? USB Backup? I'll believe it when I see it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Tom_M View Post


    Teacher? USB Backup? I'll believe it when I see it!
    We had one diligent teacher, who backed up their usb to their userspace.

    8 Coppies of 4GB of data did not impress us!

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    I bet the usb drive is 'the backup' and the only copy

    Things to try not already mentioned: using it via a powered hub and try using either a really old usb 1.1 hub or an old PC that only has usb 1.1 on it.
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    @JJonas the thread is nearly a year old.

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    Is that a poisoned link?

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    I have a "dead" usb stick here at home but if I pop it in the freezer for at least half an hour I can read it for a while then it dies again.

    The regeneration lasted long enough to get all the data from it...

    [edit] oops just noticed the date on this...still the freezer story is quite good anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    @JJonas the thread is nearly a year old.

    Ben

    It still got a thanks

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