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Memory Stick Data Recovery
USB storage devices are cheap and reliable, however being relatively small and often of poor construction means these devices are susceptible to damage and failure. Here at Datlabs we have the specialists tools and test gear to service and recover data from all major types and capacity of memory stick: Lexar, Sony, Kingston, Toshiba, Integral, Busbi, LG, Transcend, Corsair, Videk, Dane-elec.
Memory Stick Faults.
Faults are generally due to PCB component failure, broken USB interface connector or poor construction.
USB Flash drives are prone to failures of many types leading to increasing instances of loss of valuable data. The easily portable nature of these devices mean they are vulnerable to physical damage from being dropped, crushed or suffering other traumas as a result of everyday life.
Damaged and bent connectors are THE most common failure type submitted to the Datlabs data recovery service.
USB Memory Stick Failure Symptoms
Common symptoms of failures range from:
- Being totally unresponsive and not detected by the PC.
- Being detected by the PC but with a message reporting “USB Device not Recognized.
- Detected by the PC, but with 0 Bytes capacity.
- Detected by the PC but with no access to the files stored.
Memory Stick Repair.
Repair and recovery amongst other things involves tracing electronic signals using a HF digital oscilloscope and replacing / repairing the faulty component with the aid of specialist surface mount soldering and de-soldering equipment.
Recovering inaccessible data from badly damaged memory sticks is possible by de-soldering and removing the memory chip from the PCB and subsequently using a dedicated memory chip reader to transfer the stored data to another device. The chip being handled in an E.S.D compliant workshop environment.
We receive a lot of devices where attempts have been made to re-solder broken connectors using a standard soldering iron unfortunately. USB memory sticks use multi-layer printed circuit boards with copper tracks that are microns thick /thin and these tracks literally disintegrate under the heat of a normal soldering iron. This is really bad practice and can result in permanent damage to components and permanent data loss.
In all these cases, where components and circuitry is intact, Datlabs have applications, tools and test equipment that can successfully recover the data.
Broken Memory Stick
Preparing a financial performance presentation saved to my memory stick, I knocked and broke the connector. Datlabs rescued my files and returned them on a new USB stick.