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How to retrieve data from a broken Lexar 512MB jump drive

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How to retrieve data from a broken Lexar 512MB jump drive

ltontz
My laptop fell off a table and the Lexar 512MB jump drive was plugged into a side USB port. The jump drive connector was bent where the 4 solder points connect to the green board. Can the flash memory chip be removed and placed in another jump drive to retrieve the data or ?

Thanks.
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    OH Smeg

    While anything is possible it's not recommended.

    Any Data Recovery House will use a Jumper Lead that has a USB Plug at one end and fly leads that can be connected to the existing Circuit Board to recover the data off the Chip.

    As these Chips are all Surface Mount Technology they require special Soldering Tools to remove them from the circuit board as they are first glued in place and then Ultravioletly Soldered in Place. These components are also Mechanically Placed onto the Circuit Board with a Special Machine which makes sure that all contacts are correctly aligned and that there is no cross connections that can happen when manually placed by hand onto the Circuit Board.

    Jobs like this are best performed at a Specialist Data Recovery House who has the equipment and Know How to recover your Data Properly without damaging the flimsy circuity and permanently loosing all your Data.

    Also this is a perfect example of why all USB Thumb Drives should be considered as Temporary Storage Only and any Backup should be done on another type of device. The Thumb Drives are convenient but are also fragile and they do fail far more often than most people think that they do.

    Col

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    ltontz

    Thanks for the detailed and prompt answer to my question.

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    Michael Jay

    done, a recovery house is what is needed and they are usually not inexpensive.

    As you say the damage was done by a table to floor drop, I have concern about the laptop itself, if it has a mechanical hard drive I would suggest a full backup of all data there followed by a thorough hard drive diagnostic.

    Of course if you have a SSD this is not so much of a concern, but backups of data are always a good idea.

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    ltontz

    Thanks for the detailed and prompt answer.

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    OH Smeg

    While anything is possible it's not recommended.

    Any Data Recovery House will use a Jumper Lead that has a USB Plug at one end and fly leads that can be connected to the existing Circuit Board to recover the data off the Chip.

    As these Chips are all Surface Mount Technology they require special Soldering Tools to remove them from the circuit board as they are first glued in place and then Ultravioletly Soldered in Place. These components are also Mechanically Placed onto the Circuit Board with a Special Machine which makes sure that all contacts are correctly aligned and that there is no cross connections that can happen when manually placed by hand onto the Circuit Board.

    Jobs like this are best performed at a Specialist Data Recovery House who has the equipment and Know How to recover your Data Properly without damaging the flimsy circuity and permanently loosing all your Data.

    Also this is a perfect example of why all USB Thumb Drives should be considered as Temporary Storage Only and any Backup should be done on another type of device. The Thumb Drives are convenient but are also fragile and they do fail far more often than most people think that they do.

    Col

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    ltontz

    Thanks for the detailed and prompt answer to my question.

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    Michael Jay

    done, a recovery house is what is needed and they are usually not inexpensive.

    As you say the damage was done by a table to floor drop, I have concern about the laptop itself, if it has a mechanical hard drive I would suggest a full backup of all data there followed by a thorough hard drive diagnostic.

    Of course if you have a SSD this is not so much of a concern, but backups of data are always a good idea.

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    ltontz

    Thanks for the detailed and prompt answer.