How can you retrieve info from a flash drive that doesn't work anymore?


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PhotoRec might be handy, if your flash drive is still a bit more functional than lynnemade's was.
The connector is a likely failure point if you have read errors. Perhaps solder on the connector from another flash drive? If you are truly desperate, you could try to solder the chip you want to save into an identical new flash drive.
"If you are truly desperate, you could try to solder the chip you want to save into an identical new flash drive." Will this really work? can I take the NAND Flash memory then solder it to another identical flash drive with smaller capacity(16GB NAND to new 2GB flash drive).
I have not done this before, but I know that circuit boards of hard drives and other equipment are frequently sold on Ebay for this purpose. I do have some evidence that it is possible.

However, I am almost certain that trying to use a small-capacity control circuit on a large capacity chip would fail.
lynnemade (author)  NobodyInParticular8 years ago
The drive does not respond at all. Looks like no power whatsoever. And I've tried it on multiple computers (PC and MAC, I know it shouldn't matter, but it didn't recognize sometimes when I would switch operating systems when it did work), multiple times. I might have to try to connect it to another flash drive. I'm getting desperate for the info that is on there :/ Thanks :)
ac-dc lynnemade8 years ago
Examine the PCB, maybe you are lucky and a small power surge only burnt through a 0 ohm resistor used as a fuse, meaning it would read open circuit with a multimeter and could be bridged shorted (but if a failed IC caused it this risks overcurrent through your USB port itself which might trip another fuse but at least it's often a resettable polyfuse. If the data is valuable, sent it to a data recovery center. If it is not, it's unlikely the problem is recoverable through easy (end-owner) methods.
Nofew8 years ago
Geek Squad knows best. Seriously, they're miracle workers. Try them, and if all else fails get out a microscope and look very closely and try to tell if you see a 1 or a 0 and slooooowly copy it back...
Depends... how does it not work? Is the connector broken, or the chip broken, or what?