Today I wanted to use a file that was stored on my memory stick and when I plugged the device into my computer it seemed dead and totally non responsive. I tried plugging it into a new usb port and again nothing. Tried it in a different computer just to ensure and it was dead on that system as well, I dual booted into ubuntu and its still not being recognised. If my device is dead is there any chance of me getting my files off the stick?
asked Feb 08 '11 at 09:57
Are you good with a soldering iron? If so, you might want to open the jump drive up and see if the solder joint that connects the "board" to the USB connector is broken. This is usually the case. If you can't do this, then, I hate to say it, there really is no way. (easily, anyway)
answered Feb 08 '11 at 11:19
try formatting it using FAT32
answered Feb 08 '11 at 10:26
I've had thumb drives that were so flimsy that when pulling them out of the port the connector came off. I've had them stepped on, I had one that was like 64gb and when I formatted it i suddenly could no long read it. No version of Windows would re-format it, I had to go to a Mac to force it back to a readable format. I've since learned that there are unscrupulous manufacturers that produce thumb drives that misreport how much space they actually have.
(BTW, especially bad idea to try formatting a thumb drive to NTFS, apparently).
Sounds like your thumb drive has bit the dust.
answered Feb 08 '11 at 11:27