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.
- Partition is corrupted
- Broken electrical contact inside the drive
- 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
Check the Quick Format option
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 :
- Soldering Iron and Solder
- Magnifying Glass (Optional)
- Desk Lamp
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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