Tips for Consumers, Using Thumb Drives with Care.
Many of us today use thumb drives daily. Using them haphazardly, or without proper guidance will cause damage to your files. Thumb drive recovery can be avoided by following a few safety rules. If by chance you suffer any damage or breakage and need a thumb drive recovery specialist, we are here to help.
NAND Flash Based Thumb Drives.
Before getting into industry tips we learned over the years, let’s talk about the drives themselves. Flash drives, AKA, thumb drives are memory sticks which store data. You might call them a storage device or even a hard drive.
The most common USB devices are based on NAND flash memory chips. These NAND flash based devices have printed circuit boards (PCB) with various circuits baked onto the board. You’ll find fuses, capacitors and crystals on-board. These circuits control data transfer and communications. Avoiding thumb drive recovery, one must understand the differences between these devices in order to keep them safe from broken tips and other damage. Data loss can be expected without proper care.
About Monolithic Thumb Drives.
Flash drives, AKA: thumb drives, memory sticks, etc. are also produced in a single self contained epoxy wafer. Industry flash drive manufacturers call them COB’s (chip on board [COB] flash drives).
During manufacturing, producers layer the circuits to create one single unit. Many consumers referred to these products as monolithic USB flash drives. There are two types of flash drives produced (monolith based and NAND flash based). These two types are distinct and unique. Monolithic based memory sticks are commonly damaged by snapping the USB tip off or bending the USB storage device. They are more susceptible to serious damage due to their structure. These are self contained chip on board products. Thumb drive recovery companies will have a much tougher time as the entire device is one single square unit. You will not find removable NAND wafers on this type of product.
What if You Need a Thumb Drive Recovery Company?
Following a few very simple rules will prevent data loss from damaged or broken USB devices. Now that you know about the two types of memory sticks produced, let’s talk about purchasing the right flash drive. This will save you time and money.
When you purchase a thumb drive use a reputable source, avoid eBay. Many eBay sellers sell fake USB drives anyway. Contact Tiger Direct or NewEgg. eProvided primarily uses these two merchants, for purchasing recovery drives, for recovered data for successful cases. Both of these companies have a toll free number. They call it a pre-order customer service phone number. Call and ask them what products specifically are not Monolithic based. Tell them you want a USB device that’s build with NAND flash wafers. NAND flash wafers can be removed by thumb drive recovery companies such as ourselves (eProvided.Com). Removing NAND flash chips takes much less work and costs a bit less.
Tip #1. Prevent Bending The Tip of Your Own Thumb Drive.
Prevent kicking your thumb drive by accident. Be cautious if your USB thumb drive is inserted into your computer at the floor level. eProvided sees many cases where a consumer bumps the flash drive by accident, breaking the tip off at the USB port end. Another common cause for damaging your USB disk drive. If your storage device is plugged into a laptop be careful not to move your computer around. By moving your laptop you are susceptible to breaking it off while it is inserted in your PC.
Tip #2. Thumb Drives and Washer Machines.
You laugh but this is common. Many thumb drive recovery cases begin in the washer machine. I think this is self explanatory. Remember to remove your flash drive before it goes into the hamper. Water damage or even salt water damage to thumb drives causes serious file retrieval problems. Also avoid going swimming with memory sticks.
Tip #3. Flash Drives, Dogs and Puppies Damage.
Dogs damage thumb drives by the strong grasp of their mouths. Puppies love your homework. This excuse is real, we see it all the time. Do not leave any flash memory stick near a curious dog. Prevent puppies from damaging your hard work, keep puppies away from flash drives. Dogs cause serious damage, many times cracking NAND wafers with no chance of a success at data recovery.
Tip #4. Memory Sticks and G Forces. E=MC2, Remembering Albert Einstein.
eProvided recovers data for NASA, JPL space missions. In one case the Helios spacecraft crashed in the Pacific ocean. It was under salt water for a few weeks. We had a success, luckily, there was global environmental data on this craft that’s still important to us all today. We’re pleased they retrieved their files using eProvided thumb drive recovery services.
eProvided now consults for JPL /NASA to help prevent data loss from any type of memory drive or flash based media. G forces are found at unexpected times in life. You may be in a car crash and your USB flash drive may experience high G forces. Keep your flash media sticks in a safe compartment when traveling. Many times your storage device will be knocked around.
Discovering problems with a thumb drive? Whether a ‘The disk in drive D is not formatted’ message, or it’s unrecognized. Take it to data recovery specialists. At eProvided, our experienced team will assess the problem and do whatever they can to retrieve your data.
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