Four Most Common Types of Flash Drive Failure

Flash Drive Failure

As handy and as easy to use as they are, flash drives enjoy great popularity. However, it is all too easy to lose information if your lash drive is broken or becomes inoperative. The following lists the four most common reasons for USB flash drive failure. Ok ready to go.


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Broken Flash Drive USB Connectors.

This is the most common type of flash drive damage. Since the drive is normally sticking out of the front or side of your PC or laptop, it is easy to accidentally bend the connector. Sometimes, it will snap the USB connector completely off. Your USB port consists of 4 main data and power lines. When this happens it is essential to unplug the flash drive. Be careful not to plug it back in to any computer until it is repaired. Find a established company so that the data can been recovered. Power flows through the USB connector port, the possibility always exists that a short circuit can cause power to flow across components or data connections. By plugging it back in when damaged, you could completely destroy the drive and all of the data on it. What is worse, a power surges can destroy vital fuses on the printed circuit board (PCB). The single most common failure is bad workmanship. This leads to memory sticks that suddenly stop working. Yes, we know. It comes with no warning, so bookmark our website.

Common Failures to USB Flash Drives, A Broken USB Port.

Failure to USB Flash Drive, Broken USB Port.

NAND Flash Memory Wafers Become Dislodged.

Surface mount NAND wafers reside on these flash storage drives. eProvided has seen cases where excessive heat causes the surface mount NAND chips to fall off the PCB. These flash devices and the printed surface boards (PCB) are sensitive. Dislodged NAND wafers are very difficult to recover files from. You need expensive equipment and years of knowledge.

Some do-it-yourselfers might try their hand at soldering the connector back on themselves. However, the circuit board might have also been damaged and there might not be a good connection to solder it back together. If there is essential data on the drive, a professional can repair or rebuild the drive, allowing access to the memory chip and getting back the lost data. eProvided receives many drives where users attempted to get the data of the damaged drives themselves. Usually this type of attempt fails for the do-it-yourselfer. The more one fiddles with such tiny connection the more likely the data will never be retrievable.

Failed Flash Drive Components.

There are many small components inside a flash drive, and any one of them can fail. Micro-controllers, resistors and capacitors can burn out and need replacement. A professional might have spare parts on hand, or can use an identical flash drive as a source of parts to repair your drive and retrieve the data. eProvided is one such company that has accumulated over 25,000 different flash drives. The most common components to fail are the controller wafer. This resides on the PCB, it’s is almost always square. The NAND wafers are almost always rectangular. They can be surface mounted or have legs that connect to the board. The legs usually total 48 or 52. These NAND wafer legs connect directly to the printed surface board.

An important note: repairs may be sufficient for a data recovery firm to extract all your data. The final device is not the same as the original manufacturing process. Although the essential data can be recovered by a professional data recovery company, the drive itself should never be used again. It will likely fail, sooner rather than later.

Flash Drive File System Corruption.

Removing a flash drive that is still in the process of transferring files can permanently destroy your files. Flash media suffering a power surge, computer virus or other problems can all cause file system corruption. Usually the damaged data is corrupted on the master boot record. Companies like eProvided can rebuild by hand on specialized machines the MBR. When damage occurs professional storage recovery firms have an advanced variety of system tools. Repairing and recovering lost data is a seamless but time intensive process. This is very difficult. It is best to use the safety features on your computer to remove flash drives.

Since any of these problems can strike at the most inopportune time, it’s good to keep backups of all the data on your flash drives. However, in case disaster does strike, a professional at flash drive recovery may be able to safely recover your data. Corruption to your USB flash drive file system is solved every day at our labs. eProvided uses Dropbox to deliver and store your files after a success recovering your documents. We can help you understand the benefits of reaching out to a company like us. Feel free to send us a message.

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