Data Recovery from Encrypted Flash Drives

Flash drives are common today. eProvided encrypted flash drive data recovery services make file retrieval painless. Technical expertise isn’t necessary to use data on a flash drive. Some USB drives become encrypted and some don’t. Basically, a user can encrypt their data before storing it in the flash drive.  Another way of encrypting is that the drive itself carries an on-board encryption software. This software helps with security and privacy issues. Suppose, you store an office document in your flash drive and it contains all usernames and passwords for your online financial records. Files such as credit cards and PayPal remains saved to this USB drive.

Encrypted Flash Drive Data Recovery & Password Protection.

Think about this, how bad would it be if your flash drive was to fall into the wrong hands? One way of avoiding this issue would be for you to encrypt your data or the USB flash drive itself. What happens when your drive becomes encrypted and you suffer data loss. eProvided manages encrypted flash drive data recovery for 20 + years.

Make it password protected so that you can add a level of security to your data. By doing this, your data stays safely stored on the drive away from prying eyes. It prevents hackers from easy access to your data.

But, what if the encrypted flash drive started failing and not working properly? For example, you plug in the flash drive, your computer doesn’t recognize it, or you aren’t able to see any of your files. Even worst, you’ve lost the password that you assigned to the drive.

Recovering Data From Encrypted Flash Drives.

Is your data gone forever? Data recovery from a flash drive itself can be problematic at times. This gets even more complicated when it comes to recovering encrypted data from a flash drive. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the data is unrecoverable. It’ll make it that much more complicated for a data recovery experts to retrieve this data loss. If you are able to find a data recovery expert specializing in flash memory recovery, then data recovery is possible.

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Locked out of Crypted Flash Drives, Headaches Ensue.

Once the problem is identified and it’s apparent that your data is not accessible, try this. Attempt a write-protection on your flash drive. By doing this, you can make sure the existing data cannot be overwritten. If data is overwritten, then you’re making the situation even worse, greatly reducing the chances of data recovery.

After write protecting of your flash drive, you can always try a file recovery tool, seeing really have nothing left to lose. As the data is write-protected. If you’re still unable to recover your data, you should immediately contact an expert data recovery company who specializes in recovering data from encrypted flash drives.

USB Physical Damage.

If your flash memory chips endure physical damage on your USB device, getting your data back will be difficult. There are different factors that determines if the drive can be recovered. The quality of your device, and quantity of data written to it, also what type of damage (physical, logical) can all be a deciding factor. Thus, you should realize that no flash drive is completely safe and dependable.

So, instead of having to run after data recovery specialist once your device breaks, you should always have a back up. By doing this, it’ll avoid all data loss related hassles. In fact, the encryption is not the real culprit here. When performing data recovery from encrypted as well as non-encrypted flash drives, they all share similar risks of complete data loss. It is true that encryption makes the process of data recovery more difficult. So, be wise enough to back up your data to save your time, effort and money involved in data recovery.



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SSD Drive Recovery, NAND Chip Technology, Solid State Drives & NASA

Bruce Cullen the founder of eProvided states NASA and consumers rely on SSD drive recovery. “Most all laptop computers, iPhones, smart phones, voice recorders, USB sticks, SSD drives, iMacs and notebooks have NAND chips and solid state drive technology onboard.” But there is much more to the story and a bit about NASA and the Mars Space Missions.

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Data recovery services provide recovery of files on a variety of operating systems and drives based on MLC or SLC NAND modern technologies. By design, current generation SSD controllers include ever-evolving innovations and top-level encryption protocols to safeguard the protection of stored data. It also supplies around 100% better data security compared to leading enterprise HDD’s. Can NAND chip technology work safely with the growing demand on fast, safe and rugged Solid State Drive Controllers? Time will tell. Most data recovery companies are having a tough time deciding the best methods to extract and recover data from these solid state storage drives. Meanwhile, for more information on NAND data recovery, click here!

The Future, NASA, (JPL) Mars Landings Rely on SSD’s & SSD Drive Recovery.

NASA (JPL Pasadena, CA) plans ahead for SSD failure. In a recent call to eProvided, NASA’s ‘Low Density Supersonic Decelerator’ team has asked eProvided.Com’s founder Bruce Cullen to assist in data loss prevention for future Mars space missions. The ‘Red Planet’ and new discoveries in science “need reliable Solid State Drives”, says Bruce Cullen. With a unique and extensive background in technology, business, Wall-street and amazingly enough dance music, Bruce Cullen based in Las Vegas, Nevada hope to assist in preventing data loss & future Mars Mishaps.

Current technology for decelerating from the high speed of atmospheric entry to the final stages of landing on Mars.

Low Density Supersonic Decelerators and NASA.

“Future robotic missions to Mars and eventual human exploration of the Red Planet will require that more massive payloads than the one-ton Curiosity Mars rover prevail to the surface. NASA is developing new large, sturdy, and lightweight systems to deliver next generation rovers and landers on Mars. Above all, these new technologies would be able to slow larger, heavier landers from the supersonic speeds of Mars atmospheric entry to the subsonic ground-approach speeds necessary for a safe landing.” ~

Bruce Cullen states “There are many benefits to Solid State Drives…”

  • Massive data transfer speeds.
  • Impressive read/write speeds: Up to 1500MB/s Sequential Read – Up to 1300MB/s Sequential Write & Up to 230,000 IOPS.
  • Storage Space, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, drives like the OCZ (Recently purchased by Toshiba) RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI-Express (PCIe) SSD.
  • New Advances in VCA 2.0 flash virtualization “software that allow certain direct memory access (DMA) and data management functions”.
  • Durability: SSD’s have absolutely no moving parts, it’s more likely to keep your data safe.
  • Solid State Drives couldn’t care less where its data becomes stored on its NAND chips. There’s literally no physical read heads involved. SSDs are much faster.
  • Combine 4 SSD’s in a RAID 00 system. Talk about quadrupling read write performance. Any heavy data user or music producer can export data/files at mind blowing speeds.

It’s no surprise, SSD drives are amazingly fast and efficient. This new technology has much room to grow, imagine this technology 10 years from today. In other words, everything is becoming faster, bigger and much safer for the environment.

“It amazes me where technology is going today, I am so pleased to be involved, this, the fourth time being called by NASA… recovering the mission data from the Helios mission after it crashed into the Pacific in 2003 was an honor. Taking a walk on the beautiful strip of Las Vegas Blvd, producing music and benefiting space exploration all at once, it’s a dream come true!” states Bruce.

Complexity of NAND Storage SSD Drives – SSD Drive Recovery, NAND Chip Technology.

eProvided SSD Drive Recovery and Solid State Drive Size and Form Factors

Example of some SSD Form Factors

The complexity and highly exclusive features can make some data recovery difficult when an unforeseen solid-state drive failure occurs. Unlike hard disk drives, many newer solid state storage devices have no proper data set relocating components. This creates an incorrect perception that data is much more secure on SSD’s, which, unfortunately, is not always the case.

Firstly, SSD’s have greater susceptibility to some defects that normal hard drives are not as susceptible to. This consists of sudden power loss, electromagnetic fields and electrical charges, static electricity, physical damage and surface mount controller oxidation issues when compared against typical HDD’s.

Due to the solid storage data having limited cycled patterns, the ability to create new data can eventually wear out and lead to possible data loss depending on the technology used. On Solid State Drives, when a block loses its ability to retain data or when data errors occur that cannot be corrected by the drive’s error correction algorithm (ECC – AKA: error correction code). The block is switched to a readily available block. When the extra blocks are exhausted, the solid state drive can easily reach a critical failure state. At this point, the SSD data is lost and the need for data recovery is imminent. Innovations in error correcting code, ECC, will extend the drive’s operating life. It also benefits system-level performance if the design is correctly implemented.

NAND Problems and Benefits, Preventing Data Loss, Risk vs. Reward.

A variety of problems can occur with NAND; however, benefits of NAND also exist. For more information, take a closer look at the list below.

NAND Benefits.

  • Up to 100,000 P/E cycles.
  • Fastest and highest density throughput of the various NAND modern technologies such as MLC and TLC.
  • Compatible with the ONFI concurrent interface.
  • Strong performance and endurance.
  • Enables large amounts of memory subsystems.
  • Increased power performance.
  • Increased bandwidth.

NAND Problems.

  • Disruption of Reading. The method used to read NAND wafers and controller chips could create close-by cells in the exact same memory block to gradually change the programming. The number of reads are in the hundreds of thousands reads between the eliminations of program operations.
  • Block erasure – can become removed from a “block”.
  • Memory wear – flash memory is limited to how many times the program (PE) cycle can be erased.
  • Bit Errors – makes it unreliable.

Federal Regulatory Demands.

As a result of modifications in federal regulatory demands, and the expansion of state rules impacting data protection and privacy, any third parties which execute key support functions for an organization that requires analyzation.

These audits determine if the provider’s data holding and processing controls are completely safe and secure in both their design and functional performance. Networks are becoming safer and secure by safeguarding private and vital business data from safety breaches.

After that the safety protocols and certifications are verified to ensure the business is qualified to carry out SSD recovery on gadgets that hold financial, healthcare, government, and various other sorts of very private information.

NAND wafers and controller chips have been the single biggest change to drive innovation in the last few years. NAND storage appears in data centers, high-end laptop computers like Apple’s MacBook Air and memory cards in mobile devices such as Apple’s usage of NAND flash in its well-known iPods and iPhones.

Flash memory chips obtain of either NOR or NAND gate entrances. Created by Toshiba, NAND flash works like a disk as opposed to memory. It has faster erase and write cycles, higher density and ten times the endurance of NOR flash. Its I/O user interface allows only consecutive access to data, which makes it suitable for mass-storage devices and much less beneficial for computer memory. Additionally, NAND flash forms the core of the detachable USB storage device. Overall, NAND wafers and controller chips create amazingly efficient flash memory and super fast solid-state drives today.

About eProvided.

eProvided handles forensic data recovery, NAND flash recovery, SSD drive recovery, microchip repair, USB recovery and chip replacements. eProvided specializes in advanced data recovery services for consumers, and companies worldwide. eProvided works closely with businesses, the military, NASA, US special agents, end users and officers of the peace. If you have any questions please contact us directly or Begin Service Now.

Damaged microSD Cards, Bent or Cracked are Recoverable.

Damaged, Broken, Cracked MicroSD Cards Data Recovery

Smartphones, tablets, cameras, PC’s, and all other devices are getting smaller. Consumers are taking advantage of the MicroSD large storage capacities. Damaged microSD cards or non functional, bent or corrupted MicroSD cards pop up everywhere.

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The most common failure to a MicroSD is when the device is inadvertently damaged or bent. Monolithic storage devices such as Micro SD cards can become corrupted. It doesn’t take brute force for monolithic storage devices to become cracked or broken. Thus, lost files & data become a problem.

If your SD card is cracked or bent, you need a Data Recovery Expert to physically work on your broken card to recover your files. Trust in a specialist. Broken or bent MicroSD cards can be restored.

A ‘software solution’ will not help your device. You need our help. Preventative planning can help tremendously.

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Micro SD Data Recovery Can Be Performed

Companies will tell you that once a computer is unable to recognize your MicroSD card, recovery is not possible. This is NOT TRUE. eProvided has been working at this problem for years. eProvided has developed cutting edge technology to perform pinouts on any MicroSD cards. eProvided now holds industry leading data recovery success rates. More on Micro SD data recovery here!

MicroSD Pinouts from Damaged MicroSD Cards

When the plastic casing on a MicroSD (any monolith device) is removed, it exposes circuits used to transport data within the MicroSD card. eProvided has developed the technology to “tie” into these circuits and extract the hexadecimal code. In doing this damaged data can be constructed back into files, photos, etc.

Granted this can be an extremely time consuming process. eProvided is one of only a handful of companies globally with this ability. eProvided is willing to attempt this procedure on all MicroSD cards! If your device is bent, damaged or has water corruption (the most common data loss cases asked about) you will have the ability to recover the files that have been lost. The flash storage wafers on these devices are delicate, microSD cards can be broken easily.

Avoid Data Loss, Be sure to Always Back Up your Data!


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  • Pinout of MicroSD Monolithic Storage Device

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Pin Layout Patterns For Broken MicroSD Card Recovery

There are hundreds of types of circuit layouts inside one Micro SD Card. Each layout requires us to develop a new pinout for proper data extraction. This is an extremely difficult process. Once developed a pinout can be used on ALL similar MicroSD’s. Damaged MicroSD cards are not the end of the road for your corrupted data. eProvided has access to hundreds of pinout solutions to recover lost photos! Each month there are changes to the structure of Micro SD storage devices. Patterns can change at any time. Recovery of broken SD cards from cracks and snaps is possible. Call eProvided if you have questions. You can reach eProvided Toll Free 1.866.857.5950.

eProvided Solutions For MicroSD & Monolithic Data Recovery

eProvided continues to develop solutions for damaged MicroSD cards. Find out more, Data recovery for MicroSD cards and Monoliths of any kind. We look forward to release more exciting news in the near future! Follow this blog to stay on top of current trends with damaged MicroSD cards. Data recovery on new monolithic devices is always a top priority. We go to extreme lengths to get inside your microSD card and extract the data sets. Let eProvided know how we can assist you.

What Photographers Can Do if They Have a Broken SD Card

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Broken SD card problems and the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International convention. Oddly enough, this hard working group of professionals often suffers from digital image meltdowns. Specifically those with a broken SD card or cracked microSD card. Therefore it’s a concern of great magnitude. A show not to miss, this (‘WPPI’ convention) held yearly in Las Vegas, Nevada. Being the owner of eProvided, I am fascinated talking with the attendees. I spent time with many wedding photographer professionals.

Broken SD Card Questions & Answers for Professional Photographers & End Users.

A Broken SD Card

Repair a broken SD card? Firstly, don’t attempt repair, contact a file recovery service.

Do not attempt to repair cracked memory cards. You wake up one morning after a photo shoot. You thought something was off the night before. As a consequence, your photos from the wedding shoot are missing. Regrettably, you do not know what to do. In fact, you contact your colleague who has no solutions either. Now you realize, what will I tell my customer? No doubt you must be truthful. The first step must be the right step. You call your friend Katrina. Katrina advises you to contact a data recovery company immediately.

Broken SD card media? How one can read data?

Plugging in a damaged SD card or broken SD card could result in a few scenarios. For this reason, be careful not to make matters worse. SD card recovery options diminish when altering files. When you plug in the SD storage drive be sure all your photos are extracting. USB connected SD flash card readers can extract files even if issues are present. Look at the files transferred to your PC. Anything looking wrong? If anything is missing then SD card data recovery experts should be called. Arguably, not all SD card readers are equal. Shop for high-rated memory card readers. Research programs that allow one to make an image of an entire SD card. If you can make a byte to byte image then do so. In fact, this is the first step to preserving your data.

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Options photographers have in recovering damaged files on cracked SD cards?

You’re a Pro wedding photographer. All things considered, you need a backup plan. Photo shoots disappear with faulty equipment. eProvided doesn’t recommend SD card recovery software. File recovery software can make matters worse. If you overwrite your files by accident, SD card recovery isn’t possible. As a result, you may have no solution. Consequently, your photos might be deleted for good. Prevent all of this.

You need to protect your photos. In fact, contacting a professional SD photo recovery company is the best option. DIY types really could damage their data or photos forever. Now what? A microSD card recovery expert will handle the entire process.

Can a Corrupted SD card be recovered?

Broken SD Card Data Recovery for Professional Photographers

Broken SD Card Solutions for Photographers.

You have a corrupted SD, maybe SDXC or SDHC drive. MicroSD, microSDXC and microSDHC camera cards are all the same. The difference is speed to write files. SD card data recovery companies take the same exact approach. Any SD card that is broken is a standard SD card or a microSD card. One is much smaller, the microSD based storage drive. Furthermore, it is important to delicately handle any microSD card damage. SD cards are finicky. The keyword is micro. Micro is smaller, treat with extra care. An SD card recovery service company can recover photos and recover files. Broken SD card retrieval services are lifesavers. In conclusion, don’t give up.

Damage to an SD card, the causes?

SD card damage happens from force & bad workmanship. These are the two most common corruption causes. Strangely enough, they happen without warning. Most cases that arrive at eProvided are due to users bending and cracking the SD card. Be careful, do not apply force to the micro SD. Bad workmanship strikes at random. microSD cards can stop working for no reason. Accordingly, heat and water damage causes failure. Bending a microSD or SD card will damage the drive.

The type of damage occurring on microSD and SD cards?


SD card damage severity depends on each circumstance. On a microSD flash drive, the inner circuits are tiny. A broken micro SD card can have numerous shorted circuits. A bend on the SD card will break hairline sized traces in the circuit board. Scratches from blunt trauma will disconnect connectivity pads made of gold. By and large, microSD and SD cards suffer from misuse. Damaged data and lost files can be caused by user error. Corrupted data stems from files that are deleted by accident.

SD card data recovery experts agree. Arguably, corruption of files on SD flash drives are common. Furthermore, users must practice care to back up all thier data.

My broken SD card isn’t detected, can I recover my data?

The simple answer is yes. In addition, photographers need to contact the client and give them hope. It is important to keep the client abreast of any problems. By the same token keep yourself on top of the case. Data recovery companies like eProvided provide real-time updates on case progress. A professional photographer will find a professional file recovery company.

As a matter of fact, when an SD card is not detected eProvided will put the device in a lab. Using a microscope, broken solder joints are soldered back together. Do not try this at home. This is painfully complicated. No doubt, some try, almost all fail.

Can damaged microSD cards in Android smartphones be recovered the same as in an iPhone?

Of course. Damage from bent microSD cards is similar on Android and iPhone smart phones. Accordingly, the issue will be the same on both a microSD or SD card. Damages, bends, corruption, and cracks happen often on both. Android and iPhones have a microSD card slot. You plug in the storage device (micro SD) into this port. Consequently, smartphone ports become damaged. Actually taking time to carefully insert a microSD os microSDXC is quite important. Above all, don’t rush anything. Insert SD cards carefully & with care.

Smartphone data storage is your best friend. Spend some time cleaning your storage slots. Air cans will remove dust from ports. Regrettably, photographers fail to clean all points of contact on storage drives. By and large, it is important to manage your smartphone correctly. In addition, be sure to keep up with new and higher performance SD cards. SD cards become smashed when not handled properly.

Can experts recover lost data on broken SD card drives?

Sophisticated data recovery firms are your answer. You need an experienced team. File recovery companies have years of experience. Furthermore, years of drive use produce thousands of parts. File extraction is less complex when parts are available to temporarily bandage broken connections. Stay with a data recovery service with an extended background. At the same time be sure to research who does. Arguably the longer a data company exists the more successful they are.

One Consideration in choosing a microSD card. Chose higher Speed Classes.

SD Card Data Recovery Class Speeds.

Class Speed of microSD Cards and SD Cards.

This little circle to the left is important. The SD Card Speed Class indicates slowest writing performance. Also, it describes the write speed of streaming data. In addition, it explains how it saves HD video data at a higher rate of speed.

A broken SD card that’s not detected, with a higher class speed, more likely holds video files. This is important if you have multiple damaged cards. Many use the higher class speeds for shooting video. Yes, our SD card recovery team has many such cases.

Your SD card not detected, now what?

The moment your SD card is not recognized is the moment you stop in your tracks. Accordingly, now’s the time to contact a storage recovery specialist in recovering data. Do not mess with the device. If you are a professional photographer, take the next step properly. Strangely enough, most do not follow their own advice. Place the drive into a bubble wrap envelope. In addition place the card inside a static free baggie. From here, protect the drive. Do not place it near any heat or moisture. SD cards that are not detectable can be saved.

Recovery software does not recognize my device?

Do not attempt using file recovery programs. Many photographers actually make the problem worse. Furthermore, why bother getting deeper in the hole. At this point, preserve your lost photos. Your clients want the images of this special day. Don’t risk anything here. Recovery software won’t solve advanced failures. Micro SD card recovery services require hands-on work. As a result, you want to hire the pros. Contact one and ask questions. At the same time get answers. Above all make yourself comfortable.

My broken SD card has a lock or write protection. Does this matter if I try to recover data?

Your microSD card is locked, out of the blue. Consequently, the card is damaged. Accordingly, write protection is an option one can turn on and off. Read the manual that comes with the storage device. SD card data recovery is needed when a user can not switch the option back and forth. No doubt this shows card corruption has happened. Make sure you follow the manual guidance. Test the switch for write protection. Locate the lock on the left of the SD card. Next, check that the lock switch is facing upwards (the unlock state). At this point, you can’t delete files on a memory stick if locked.

Is it possible to fix my broken SD drive without formatting?

A broken SD card does not need formatting. In fact, never format a drive unless you are sure you want to delete data permanently. Presently proper methods to recover data from SD cards will not require formatting files. You can fix the problem by contacting a file recovery expert. Ultimately file recovery not the formatting of data is what you need.

There is a difference between a low-level format and a standard default format. Therefore it’s important, only if you want to delete files permanently to chose a low-level format. In addition, ask yourself, do I want to wipe this data out forever?

Default formatting options on devices vary by device. Some DSLR cameras have a low-level format as a default. Some smartphones have a default format option that is not a low-level format (LLF). Consequently, if you don’t know, find out before you start a format operation. So, what Is High-level Disk Formatting? It’s the method of writing a file system, partition label, cluster size and so on for a recently created partition or volume. A cracked or broken SD card might not have an option to format. Therefore, always use caution in any decision you make.

Can you repair a damaged microSD flash drive using the CMD option?

First things first. You have lost or damaged photos correct? Repair to a microSD is temporary. The CMD option on Windows rarely solves any problems with data loss. In fact, as an expert, I do not advise messing around with this. You do not want to rewrite data, scan and make changes to anything at this point. Moreover,  you, as a professional wedding photographer must stay above the fold. Preserve your photos. Do not make mistakes at this time. Consult with professional SD card recovery professionals.

SD card damaged Vs. cracked, what’s the difference?

SD card damaged Vs. cracked

Is Your SD Card Damaged or Cracked?

Everyone calls eProvided asking the chances at retrieving files. In particular is your microSD or SD card damaged? The difference between a crack and damage is important to understand. 1) Cracked micro SD or SD cards have a higher failure rate with data recovery. 2) The storage card is damaged. In this case, there are no signs of cracks, the success rate increases by 40%. If your SD card has bent but has no visual cracks, the same goes. A micro sd card broken in half does have a chance at document recovery.

Black epoxy plastic type shells surround each storage unit. Sometimes you might not notice the crack so look closely. If you notice a crack call a file recovery expert. Notice a bend? Your SD card is damaged. While plugged into your PC or Smartphone, if it’s not recognized you will need a file retrieval expert.

Understanding the key point. Generally, a damaged SD card experiences two important damage types.

  1. Cracked, and Maybe Bent, Mangled, etc.
  2. Not Cracked but Damaged, Bent or Corrupted.

Many sources, online, Best Buy, the manufacturer are not knowledgeable. Cracked microSD storage drives are recoverable. There are many variables. Above all, data retrieval experts at eProvided will get to the bottom of it.

My SD card broke in half, it’s cracked. What you can do.

MicroSD and SD cards do break in half. You only have one option now. Reach out to a photo recovery expert. Do not make the situation worse. Put the SD card carefully into a static free bag and place it in a bubble wrap mailer. At this point, this is the only option. Accordingly, contact your client and be honest. Tell them this will take at least a few weeks to a few months to solve. This allows the data recovery experts to have proper time to diagnose and solve the case. Finally, broken SD cards do have a chance at restoration. Arguably, you must follow this advice.

When the data recovery expert has the broken SD card in the lab they will attempt data dump extraction. Trial and error takes time. Recovering lost photos is not a simple task. The expert will attempt a clean dump of data sets from within the MicroSD or SD card. The file recovery professional will unscramble algorithms. In addition, they will then turn the dumps back into user data. Therefore the files will be the same state they were in before the damage took place.

Know when your SD card has damage.

When you plug in your microSD card into a card reader and download the data a few things may happen. 1) You find photos, you see a thumbnail but the image won’t open. 2) You see a thumbnail, the image is open, half the image is blurry. You see strange colored lines. 3) No drive letter appears when plugging the card into a card reader. 4) The drive shows up as a new drive letter but with an improper size. 5) The file names include strange non-traditional characters. 6) In addition, broken SD card drives will not transfer data.

All these symptoms point to the need for a professional SD card data recovery expert. Similarly, all these symptoms require the photographer to take great care to avoid further damages to the media.

Can I learn to fix my broken SD card by myself?

Damaged microSD cards with symptoms mentioned above are difficult to recover from. Accordingly, years of experience and specialized tools will get you started. eProvided file recovery is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Questions about anything you read? Call us.

Author: Bruce Cullen, as written about in Popular Mechanics Magazine. Bruce regularly consults with NASA. eProvided recovered the SD card data for the famous Helios mission. Bruce recently consulted with NASA on the Future Mars Missions. The basis was to improve data storage techniques & recovery in case of disasters. eProvided, in business for over 18 years. Clients list: The White House, Army Chief Of Staff, FBI, Jet Propulsion Laboratories (NASA), US Special Agents and more. Toll-Free 1-866-857-5950.

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USB Device Not Recognized, Meanings, Solutions, Fix

USB Device Not Recognized Error Messages.

Each one of us have come across this problem at one time or another; we are of course talking about the “USB Device Not Recognized” error message. When trying to install any type of USB Device into a laptop or desktop computer, you might come across this little error message: “USB Device Not Recognized”. What should you do? How would I go about fixing this problem, and, what do they mean? What is your best solutions to solving this.

Well for one, the first thing that you can try is to power down your machine, unplug it from the wall power outlet and wait roughly 30-60 seconds before turning it back on. What this does, is that it basically refreshes the system and it allows the computer to cool off. You can also uninstall all the devices in windows and let it re-install them all.

USB Device Not Recognized, Meanings, Solutions, Fixes

USB Device Not Recognized, Solutions, Fixes





If the first method didn’t solve your problem, you can try uninstalling the drivers for this particular device and re-installing them. This might be able to solve your problem. Just to be on the safe side, reboot your computer once more.

Reinstall USB Drivers.

If you are still not successful, the next thing that you can try would be to go into your “Device Manager” and uninstall all of your USB Ports. Use caution with this method if you are using a USB Keyboard or Mouse. Below is an illustration of what your Unknown Device could look like in the Device Manager.

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If you still see USB Device Not Recognized and If none of the above methods resolved your problem, you should then think about contacting professional help.

PC’s, tablets, Netbooks, etc. that pop up this message time and time again have a serious problem. At this point the USB drive, if it’s important will need data recovered. Usually the main reason for this is circuit failure. Of course, the main culprit is usually tiny fuses or resistors that fail. The lines that connect the USB controller and the NAND wafer could also be severed. For example, the motherboard might have a crack. There may also be chips that have become dislodged. Do not let this problem drive you crazy. More help with Thumb drive recovery solutions.

USB Device Not Recognized, Meanings, Solutions, Professional Help.

eProvided specializes in USB Device Repair and Recovery. Send in your device and enjoy a peace of mind knowing that your device is safe with a company such as eProvided. has over 20+ years of experience in the Device Repair and Recovery Industries, and we can solve just about any type of device issue.

When to Use a Flash Drive Recovery Service.

USB Drives & Thumb Drives. Problems Which Lead to Flash Drive Recovery Service.

Flash drives are handy little devices we use in everyday life. They allow us to transfer data between computers with ease. With this in mind, transistor technology improves with time. Therefore, storage capacity and reliability of flash drives increases. These improvements have allowed larger amounts of photos and files to be stored on flash drives. Large quantities of vital data are now at risk if a problem arises. So that, a simple bend or accidental kick will break a USB drive.

Unfortunately, there is no way to make flash drives indestructible. It’s a natural drawback of making a storage device so small. For those cases where your flash drive is badly damaged or corrupted, the use of a flash drive recovery service may be necessary. Below, five examples.

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Broken Connectors, Short Circuits & Bent Thumb Drives.

Flash drives get knocked out of their sockets at times. A stray knee or lack of caution by the user can break off the USB connector. As a result of repeated use, the connection can slowly wear out and break. Humid conditions also mirror this effect by creating shorts in the circuit board and separating the components. These connections can be rebuilt and the memory accessed. For instance, the do-it-yourself route is dangerous. Without specialized equipment and training the drive can sustain further damage and data will be lost. Skilled flash drive recovery service professionals know the dangers and possess equipment to recover data. In other words, take it one step at a time. Call a file recovery professional if you must.

Corrupted Data and Overwritten Files on USB Flash Memory.

This is a common problem with flash drives. The data can be corrupted in a variety of ways. If the files on the drive are being accessed or modified by a program when the drive is removed, the data is partially overwritten and cannot be accessed. Sometimes corrupted data is a symptom of a larger problem. Flash memory storage and USB drives can overcome corruption. Both external and internal drives, with the help of an experienced technician, can be sorted out.

Worn Out Flash Memory Sticks and Flash Memory Thumb Drives.

A flash drive’s ability to store data is not permanent. Over time memory in the drive wears out and loses its ability to store data. Only partial files will be available in this case, resulting in corrupted data. Storage in humid conditions can also cause file loss. Humidity damages memory and corrupts data. A flash drive recovery service can correct both and piece together your damaged data.

USB Thumb Drive Device Not Recognized or No Longer Recognized.

A USB device not recognized issue can be caused by improper removal or a flash drive formatted for a different system. A PC will be unable to access the device until the problem is resolved. Be cautious in these situations, as this error can sometimes lead to the next problem.

Reformatted Flash Drive Recovery Service.

When is recovering reformatted data required? Your data is completely missing, although the markers the computer uses to find the data have been shifted. The data is still intact on the drive as long as you do not use it to store more data. A flash drive recovery service routinely handles situations like this and tracks down file references to recover data and restore files. They are lifesavers with such problems, incurable “device not recognized” errors.

All of these problems are preventable with proper backups and care, it’s impossible to avoid all mishaps. There is also no way to make indestructible flash drives or perfectly secure networks.

Preventing Damage, Mitigating Risk & Skilled File Recovery Professionals.

The best answer should one of these problems occur is to contact a professional flash drive recovery service. It’s a recurring theme when discussing these problems for a reason- it’s effective and reliable, with far less risk than simply recovering the data on your own. Professionals know how to mitigate the risks and safely recover data without causing further damage.

Contact eProvided at 1-866-857-5950, see our live chat on any page of our website. Don’t put your data at risk. Remember these tips when problems occur.

Is it possible to recover a Shattered USB?

While many of us use cloud storage nowadays (Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox etc.), USB drives (or flash drives) are still popular. Small enough to fit in your pocket, cheap, and easy to use, these are a dependable form of storage. But what happens if you drop one from height, or accidentally sit or stand on it? Your shattered USB may be ruined. Does this mean all of your data is lost?

Broken and Shattered USB Flash Drives

Broken USB Flash Drive

Not necessarily. There may yet be hope.

Some people make the mistake of assuming otherwise. So don’t toss the drive in the trash. This eliminates any chance of recovering your files. They should check if it’s in working order. No matter what level of damage the shattered USB has taken, it’s worth investigating the chances of getting your data back.

There are two types of damage your USB drive may face: physical, and logical.

USB Drive Physical Damages

Physical damage is easy to spot. If your USB drive is shattered, or the metal USB port connector is broken off, you’ll be unable to connect it to your computer to access files. Instead, you’ll have to try another route. Depending on the level of technical prowess you have, you may be tempted to perform a little DIY operation. But this is best avoided if you want to recover your lost data. Instead, you may want to take it to a professional data recovery firm. Professionals will be able to recover the components and ensure your lost files lives on in another form.

On the other hand, if the shattered USB drive has been broken so severely that the NAND memory chip (visible as a little black silicon wafer) is damaged, then you may need to face the sad fact that your data is lost. However, it’s still worth your time (and expense) to consult a professional group of data-recovery experts – they may still be able to work some magic.

Broken USB or Shattered USB Drive

If your flash drive is broken by such technical problems as file corruption, or it simply doesn’t work without you being able to know why. A recovery service may be able to access your data by fixing the USB controller connections. A USB drive which is physically fine but not working may be fixed by removing its capacitors (outer casing should be taken off). Each file recovery professional will have their own preferred methods.

If your drive is encrypted, then recovering data may be a little more difficult. While your files may be recovered from a shattered USB, a technical failure may make it more difficult. Because of the way in which the data is stored, failures can lead to complex damages.

Data recovery on USB drives is common in the industry. That being said, you should then have access to your files again in no time. Prevention is better than cure. However, make sure your USB drives are safe and secure. If you carry them in a rucksack, or drop them into smaller pockets, avoid leaving them loose with various heavy items or drinks bottles. Liquids could leak causing water damage to your USB drive. Keep them in a zipped pocket (in a coat or your trousers) to prevent them from falling out if you go jogging or are active. Be sure not to confuse your USB drive with your lighter. Keep the drive in a dry area.

Also, embrace cloud storage. Open an account with a reliable provider (check around to find the best choice for you) and back-up your data on a regular basis. Ideally, whenever you make changes to a document, save a copy.


Data Loss, Leading Causes: I Bumped my USB by Accident

Data loss continues to be a major concern for businesses, particularly with so much vital information now stored digitally. This creates a more efficient, convenient, and “greener” way to work. Allowing everything from accounts to holiday records available between colleagues with a tap of a few keys.

Storing digital data on hard drives and USB drives remains a huge problem today. Data solely relies on the technology performing properly. Through faults components or human error, problems can occur, wiping important information within seconds. In worst-case scenarios, this data-loss may cost you money and time as you try to recover or reproduce the vanished materials; in best-case scenarios, you can bring your storage equipment to eProvided data recovery services, and we’ll do absolutely everything we can to recover from your data loss.

Data Loss on USB drives, they tend to get bumped leading to lost data.

Data loss experts and the leading causes of damage from bumped drives.

With two decades of data recovery, we’ve helped numerous clients, giving back files that appeared lost forever. USB sticks are cost-efficient, convenient, and pocket-friendly. USB sticks can easily become damaged. Simple mistakes affect performance, accidental bumps can create lost data.

So you’ve Bumped your USB?

Data loss, it’s easily done: you’re working away on a document, immersed in your words or images, lost in your own thoughts; you reach down to scratch an itch on your ankle, or to pick up a dropped pen, and bump the stick with your hand or wrist.

Now, various factors may determine how serious this is.

Need a Data Loss Expert, Have you Broken your USB stick?

Depending on the force with which you struck the USB, you may well have snapped off the port. At first, you may think this is reason enough to accept your data is gone for good, toss the stick away, and start afresh. This is a HUGE MISTAKE. Data loss experts will tell you otherwise. Broken USB sticks can be recovered.

You should always try to retrieve lost files you need, by taking your stick to experts (like us!). In addition, the device may seem damaged beyond repair. Furthermore, data itself may remain safe, even inside a damaged casing. Specifically, eProvided retrieves all data loss. No matter how you damaged your USB stick, eProvided executes such a service.

Have You Bumped the USB Drive While Writing Data?

If you simply knocked your stick while it was sitting in the USB port, without writing data, your saved work should be fine. However, if data was being written when you nudged the stick, you may well have caused issues.

While you can still save your work to the internal hard drive, this may be a problem if working on a computer which isn’t your own, such as at a public library (in these cases, you would be best to email the data to your account, or save it as a draft).

Other Problems Affecting USB Sticks and Data Loss.

Of course, just bumping your USB drive as it sits in your device is not the only problem they can face.

USB Stick Data Losss

USB Stick Data Loss

One key lost data issue, which many of our customers have encountered, is dropping your USB drive. Data loss experts say, depending on your location, and your method of transportation, this can vary in severity: for example, if you’re walking on a carpeted floor, and your drive falls from your pocket, it’s unlikely to experience much damage; however, if you’re standing in the middle of a crowded train carriage, and your drive drops onto a steel floor before being promptly trodden on (perhaps even by yourself), then the damage may be extensive.

Another problem may be a technical fault, without any involvement from yourself – NAND memory flaws, damaged USB ports etc. This may happen with no clear warning or reason, it’s important to avoid using the storage drive. In short, you could make the problem much worse. Lost data due to physical damage is common today.

Regardless of the cause of your lost data, you might notice issues with USB stick performance. Bring your USB stick to an expert data recovery specialists immediately. At eProvided, we’re committed to helping you get those files back. We use any techniques needed. Our file retrieval experts have over fifteen years of experience working with damaged USB drives. Give us a call toll free, 1-866-857-5950!

Flash Drive File Corruption, What’s A Common Cause?

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Flash Drive File Corruption Causes.

Cloud storage is a popular option for businesses today. Flash drives continue to play a vital role in day-to-day business. In addition, these are cost-effective and convenient to store & carry.  Furthermore, many come with varying capacities. Flash drives are useful to have around the office. There are various types of USB flash drives available on the market. USB sticks and SD memory cards are used with cameras and tablets. Flash drive file corruption can be avoided. Physically broken USB sticks are serviced daily. Let’s discuss what methods and best practices can be applied.

Whether holding documents or media, flash drives are an essential method of storing and transferring data. However, flash drives can prove problematic. For example, technical and physical flaws will cause flash drive file corruption. Cracked casings or failure to be recognized by a computer occur. Failures lead to data loss. In addition, flash drive corruption prevents access to the work you need. File corruption is one such issue. When there’s no way to retrieve the data you need, frustration rises.

Damaged USB Flash Drive

eProvided has an expert team boasting the knowledge and the experience to retrieve the data you need from your corrupted flash drive. Below, we take a look at the causes for such corruption, and how it can best avoided.

NAND Write/Erase Cycles.

Rechargeable batteries can lose power after being reused again and again. Likewise, a NAND flash drive can experience problems if used heavily. For example, after thousands of write/erase cycles, flash drives may begin to struggle with retaining data. Likewise, your files are likely to be stored incorrectly. Your flash drive might not save the files correctly every time.

You should change your drives after years of extensive use. But what if you don’t realize just how much use they’ve gone through? You may try to save important files, which are corrupted during the process. Likewise, you may fail to realize this until you access the data at a later date. At this point it’s likely you already erased it from the original device. Concurrently, you have no way to view your files now.

Environmental Factors.

This may seem like an unlikely cause of file corruption. Condensation, due to high temperatures or humidity, may damage the USB drive circuit board. Humidity and moisture corrodes the USB circuits and contacts. To avoid this, you should keep your flash drives in a cool, dry place, and never let it become exposed to water, or worse, salt water.

Incorrect USB Flash Drive Removal.

Incorrectly removing a USB flash drive without preparing it for disconnection is not advised. This is an easy mistake to make. In fact, it will cause damage to files, and render them inaccessible. The item itself may need disassembling to recover data. Swapping broken USB components is common. Therefore it’s important to click the option ‘remove storage device’ before unplugging the USB drive from your PC.

Flash Drive File Corruption. Tips for Avoiding Data Loss.

At eProvided, we understand just how frustrating and upsetting data loss can be. Whether you feel you’ve wiped a set of beloved family pictures for good, or caused an important document to vanish, we’re dedicated to helping you recover the data. No matter how complicated the techniques may be, we get your data back.

To ensure you get the best use from your flash drives, and to avoid data loss wherever possible, we’ve provided the below tips:

  • Backup wherever possible – this may sound obvious, but many people become complacent when using flash drives, and forget to save files elsewhere. This may mean creating multiple copies on your hard drive, uploading to the cloud, or saving the files as drafts in your email account.
  • Take care when carrying your flash drives – whether you prefer to keep drives in your pocket when taking them from one place to another, or you zip them into your bag, always make sure they’re safe and secure. Not only could you accidentally drop them or allow heavy items to push up against them, you could even cause them to overheat in certain climates.
  • Pay attention to storage capacities – never overload your flash drives; as powerful as NAND systems are, there is only so much space available.
  • Switch between drives – try to alternate between two or more drives frequently, to ensure you don’t wear one out in a short time, without realizing.

Want to learn more about our data recovery services? Call us, toll-free, on 1-866-857-5950!