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How do I recover data from my flash drive?

Asked by hiiiiiiii (121points) May 27th, 2009

I accidentally bent the bit that goes into the computer and now it doesn’t show up

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SirBailey's avatar

Is there no way to bend it back? A small screwdriver maybe?

Lupin's avatar

Oh I feel your pain. I did that once. Here’s how I fixed it:
First make sure it is the stick, not the pc, by inserting another one in. I will assume the problem is the USB memory stick.
I opened the plastic case by gently prying around the edge with a paring knife and snapping it open.
Using a magnifying glass, I looked at the leads going to the cirucit board. I could see two were broken.
I bought a pair of +3 diopter reading glasses so I could work close up and be hands free.
I used a precision soldering iron to carefully puddle over and reconnect the broken land. (The soldering iron was less than $20 at radio shack. Tell them what you are doing. )
The stick worked fine and I was able to save my data to my PC. Whew!
(I stopped using it and bought another anyway. Why push my luck?)

hiiiiiiii's avatar

The PC finally reconsider it just long enough to copy the files off, I’m buying a new flash drive soon.

Lupin's avatar

That is great news. I was thinking about you. Congratulations!

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