Retrieving data from USB Drive

Posted on 2006-04-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
We have a user that has broken the tip of their USB Attache flash drive so that it no longer can be connected to the usb port on the computer and be recognized.  Is there any way to retrieve the data that is on it now that it is not useable?
Question by:sim2k_support
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    Expert Comment

    No way...

    If you find a way post it on this website...

    How did you break the end of the drive like that..Dont waste your time the data is gone..
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    You might be able to get help from a recovery agency, like gillware, which is the best and probably also most priceworthy:

    Otherwise you can try soldering and at least temporarily repairing the drive so it can be recognized on a USB port...
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    Accepted Solution

    Luckily a USB port only has 4 connectors so depending on how it broke, it could be an easy solder fix.
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    Yes, there is nothing magical to resoldering the connector, if you are handy with a hot iron, and use some thin telephone wire, you can resolver from the PCB to the connector, and get it running again.  This is something you can do to make the USB workable in the future, if you plan the connections before soldering.
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    i did it on a 512 Mb stick, and i had no problems.
    However, it depends on what broke loose exactly. Mine was only the connector broken loose.

    Author Comment

    Going to try the soldering, thanks.

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