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Broken Flash Drive ? , Flash Drive not working ? Dont trash it just yet.

Many people believe that when a flash drive stops working , you can throw it in the trash...this is however a expensive mistake to make as about 30% of drives can be repaired.

There are basically 3 causes for a flash drive to stop working.

  1. Partition is corrupted
  2. Broken electrical contact inside the drive
  3. Memory module is blown (no repairs possible)

#1 Partition is corrupted

If your flash drive's partition is corrupted you will not be able to access it. To fix this , do the following.

Go to My Computer
Right click on the flash drive
Select Format

Check the Quick Format option
Select Start

After the format is completed , test the drive. If it disappears or was never present to begin with , but windows detected when it was plugged in , try re-assigning the drive letter for the flash drive.

If you do not know how to do this , please follow the steps in the following tip i wrote : How to change a drive letter.

If the drive is not present in the disk management window , proceed to step 2.

#2 Broken electrical contact inside the drive

If the drive does not detect on your pc , this might be the cause.

What you need :
  1. Soldering Iron and Solder
  2. Magnifying Glass (Optional)
  3. Desk Lamp
  4. Superglue

Open the cover of your flash drive. This is normally done by pulling the two parts apart. Then have a look at where the USB is soldered onto the PC board. There will be four metal contacts soldered onto the board.

This is normally where a electrical fault will occur.

If you find one of the contacts are broken , simply solder it back into place and glue the cover of your drive back on.

If these steps fail to fix your flash , you can dump it in the trash with confidence that its dead.

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Kind Regards

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