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    Help - Memory Stick Data Recovery

    Hi All

    My google fu skills are lacking , I could have sworn there was a post on edugeek a while back where someone posted some useful things to do to try and get a USB Memory Stick to work again ref either soldering or reflowing the solder on the memory stick or something to that effect

    The memory stick I have been given is not getting any power or being detected by any computer what so ever, I will obviously need to take the USB Memory stick out of its plastic enclosure etc but wondering if someone could post the relevant link and any other things that may help ie data recovery software ( I know about test disk / photo rec ) but think there was another utility or two that have been mentioned in the past

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    you'll need to get the pc to detect it first before any software will help, check the solder joints from the usb connector to the pcb and this is the most common failure

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    I started this thread...Fried memory stick...

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    Think I was a bit too heavy handed - the pcb board was glued to one side of the plastic enclosure and was trying to get it out, I now have 2 parts

    A PCB Board with a usb connector and then what appears to be a memory chip with a lot of different contacts that originally made contact with the PCB Board. Will try and attach a photo later, hopefully some way of getting the two back together with the correct pins etc and getting something off of it ?

    Should have done a google or something before trying to remove the PCB board - originally thought it was some kind of heat sink to keep the chips cooler, then saw the pins and was like aahhhh crud

    Maybe ship it to a fellow edugeeker who is better with repairing / soldering of memory sticks to see if they can get anything off of it ??
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    For what its worth, I have found R-Studio works well at recovering otherwise unreadable flash drives, but yes, the PC has to recognise a device first.

    Perhaps this should serve as a salutary lesson for the owner? Return it, along with information about your preferred cloud storage options.

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    @nephilim and @localzuk not sure what Tony's EG Handle is ( Doh ! ) - Any chance one of you could help with this memory stick as I can't solder to save my life
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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    not sure what Tony's EG Handle is
    @localzuk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Think I will just go home and call it a day, typical, I could have sworn it had an under score in his EG Handle, take that out and it tagged him straight away after seeing his actual EG Handle that you posted

    Thanks @Arthur


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    Wait, so what I'm reading is that you've somehow managed to remove the surface mounted flash chip from the PCB?

    I'm good at soldering, but I don't think I'm that good. I also don't have a rework station to aid me.

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    I've repaired a fair few USB sticks usually with a soldering iron and also have a hot air rework station. Can i help at all ?

    It's usually broken contacts in the USB connector or a broken crystal.

    Have you got any pics ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    I've repaired a fair few USB sticks usually with a soldering iron and also have a hot air rework station. Can i help at all ?

    It's usually broken contacts in the USB connector or a broken crystal.

    Have you got any pics ?
    photo 1.jpg
    photo 2.jpg
    photo 3.jpg
    photo 4.jpg
    photo 5.jpg

    Photos are pretty much similar as taken one after the other

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    Err... I'd say "you're out of luck!" with that setup!

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    Although blurry, it does look like it has pulled off some of the contacts from the pcb. Depending on how valuable the data is, there are several companies that can read the flash and extract the data from it.

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    Any idea on how much your talking to get the data off of the flash chip ?

    Also which companies , any links to there websites ?

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