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Recovering documents off a USB memory stick

samthorley Avatar
banned9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
I have an easydisk USB memory stick, which contains LOTS of documents and important stuff...including my cv which i need pretty urgently.

Problem is, when i plug in my memory stick now...nothing happens. It doesn't light up, the PC doesnt recognize it as a removable drive, and you can't tell its plugged in. Its completely lifeless.

Does anyone have any ideas...been in a similar situation...or can think of a way that i will be able to recover all my stuff?

Thanks a lot.
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banned9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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#1
reboot the PC and try a different USB port.
#2
Does it make a sound like a usb device being accepted, then a sound like you hear when you remove a device, straight after?
banned#3
Stora, thanks have tried that, and also tried a different pc - nothing happens.

t0mm, Nope it doesn't, no recognition at all of it being plugged in.

Thanks anyway
1 Like #4
Start > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager.

Find the USB ports in there, uninstall the drivers, reboot your pc, it will reinstall the drivers then hopefully that'll fix it.
#5
Does the other PC you tried it on recognise other USB devices?
banned#6
Yep, they both do.

t0mm, thanks i'll try it later and let you know what happens
#7
Iom-RF
Does the other PC you tried it on recognise other USB devices?



If it does insert the working mem stick and then swap it for the one it can't read.
1 Like #8
I'm inclined to think the USB drive is dead then, Have you not got the important documents backed up?
1 Like #9
Iom-RF
I'm inclined to think the USB drive is dead then, Have you not got the important documents backed up?



That's true. This also happens when the FAT is corrupt.
banned#10
Iom-RF
I'm inclined to think the USB drive is dead then, Have you not got the important documents backed up?


My thoughts aswell. :-(

Most are backed up, but some have been done on other computers which i may not be able to get access to again.

My CV backed up on pc isn't as updated, not including insurance number and other phone numbers etc... I could do it again but thought i would ask here first, incase anyone knows anything.
#11
Usually on Pen Drives, the connection for the USB Plug is quite flimsy on the connection to the PCB and the ground does not usually tin well with the solder.

Due to a lot of in/out plugging, it can loosen them off.

So, try putting it in the USB port and slightly push against it in one direction (not too hard) to see if this creates a contact and try to hold it whilst you get the information off.

If pushing one way does not work, try the other way (but remember, not a heavy amount of pressure, otherwise you could just totally remove it from the board).

If neither of these work, see if you can find someone who is decent at soldering and have them open it up and check it.

If the connection looks good, it could just be the flash chip that has died, but in my experience, it's mostly the connection problem.
#12
Had a couple break due to flexing of the board - badly designed pens can 'flex' the PCB when they are in a pocket etc and this can cause the solder joints and surface mount components to break. If Browni's suggestion doesn't work you may be out of luck :-(

As a general rule to all never rely on flash drives (or any single item of media!) as the only backup of your documents, if you can always save important documents on at least 2 different hard drives, and make regular backups to DVD. Flash drives are great for transfer documents between systems but never rely on them to store the only copy.
#13
jah128
Had a couple break due to flexing of the board - badly designed pens can 'flex' the PCB when they are in a pocket etc and this can cause the solder joints and surface mount components to break. If Browni's suggestion doesn't work you may be out of luck :-(

As a general rule to all never rely on flash drives (or any single item of media!) as the only backup of your documents, if you can always save important documents on at least 2 different hard drives, and make regular backups to DVD. Flash drives are great for transfer documents between systems but never rely on them to store the only copy.


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within a few years, you won't have a choice in the matter :roll:

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#14
Shouldn't be such a problem when its in a drive (as it doesn't get moved about/disconnected so much), and also it is generally improving reliability wise - SSD and hybrid drives certainly are the future (for laptops at least...)
#15
You shouldn't ever rely on a single device for storage regardless of what that device is.

I agree that flash drives should only be used for transport, as is the nature of any portable device they can be easily broken or simply lost.

I think Browni's suggestions are spot on as I find the most common cause for one of these flash drives to fail is a loose connection.

John

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