USB Flash drive no longer recognized in any computer

Posted on 2014-04-15
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Last Modified: 2014-06-19
My CPA's flash drive (8 Gb Sandisk Cruzer) was working fine until a couple of days ago.  After trying to see it in 3 computers I opened the case to see if there were any broken solders or burned chips - negative on both.  I uninstalled all the root hubs and rebooted with the flash drive inserted.  Windows re-installed all the hubs but still doesn't see the drive.  Any ideas?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Flash drives can go bad.  Go to your backups.  Don't have them?  You can try data recovery but I don't think the odds will be very good to recover (though I've never tried).

And you can try some of the solutions here:

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Broken solders are the most common cause. The breaks can be hairline or smaller - did you examine with a strong magnifying glass?

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I did look at it with a magnification visor.  Was trying to avoid the time and expense of data recovery service but looks like it's time to bite the bullet.  Thanks for the ideas.
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it looks like a bad one- but you can try these; EZrecover has "repaired" a couple drives for me
http://www.handyrecovery.com/            handy recovery
http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/Other-DRIVERS-TOOLS/Others/Sony-EzRecover.shtml                EZrecover
http://www.snapfiles.com/download/dlsmartrecovery.html                  usb key recovery

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Sorry for the delay.  Just found all the notifications in my junk mail.  Data was recovered by Sandisk recommended LC Technology.
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don't forget to close this Q then !

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Sent flash drive out to lab for successful recovery.  None of the suggestions worked.

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