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USB Flash drive broken

My USB flash drive USB connection broke away from the circuit board. Where I can I take this to be repaired? or can the chip be lifted and placed on to another chasie?

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Hi,
If the USB port is straight onto the motherboard then 'in theory' it can be repaired by soldering another one on, but I wouldn't expect to do fine soldering without damaging any other component on the motherboard, so there is no economical way to repair it.

If it is under warrenty say that it wore out over time, and you have just used it normally, they may replace it under warrenty...

Otherwise your best bet is to buy a USB hub if you need more USB ports.

Hope this helps

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If its broken off the circuit board (motherboard) then forget about fixing it back on......if its a desktop you've got and you have a spare pci slot then you can buy a pci card with usb connections (basically a USB hub)...... if you've got a laptop then you can buy a pcmcia card (like a credit card size USB hub)...both these cards will take the place of your onboard USB and won't cost anywhere near the amount to fix the broken usb ports on the motherboard

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If u take it in to repier in repeir cost u will buy a new pandrive

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Have to be taken to either your local PC repair shop or sent back to the manufacturer. I would send it back to the manufacturer because they are more familiar with your system. There is nothing you can do to fix it has to be fixed on motherboard.

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Flash drive repair


I am pretty sure the flash drive is bad.
There are some software than can read the contents of the drive if not then it is really dead. Commercial outlets promise to repair damages like the one you might have.
P.S Anything "usb" that you connect to a pc will show up in device manager as the piece it really is or as a "usb" because it can't communicate with the device.

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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

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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.

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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.

Please rate this solution if you found it helpful.

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Kind Regards
Stephan

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try putting the flash drive in another computer and if it does the same thing kiss the flash drive goodbye and throw it away.
If it works fine in another computer the problem exists on your USB buss and likely will do the same with any USB device. If this is the case you could try reloading all the USB drivers. If this doesn't help you probably have a short in the USB buss and will have to take it to a local repair facility or contact the PC manufacturer about repair options.

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How important is the data?
You may want to take it to a repair shop if is her doctoral dissertation, if not you can try to fix it yourself.
First , you will have to dissassemble it to expose the board and connector.
Check to see it the board is cracked.
If not , just try to resolder the connector (silver part) back to the board.
Of course , examine the connector first to verify it is in good shape, no broken pins , etc.
It should work at that point , if not , or the board is cracked you will need to find the same make and model USB stick (try ebay) and replace the chip with the data on it , the big square or rectangular one, with the one from the donor drive.
The soldering for that is a bit more daunting but can be done with some inexpensive parts from your local radio shack. Just remember never to leave the iron on the board for more than 5 seconds. Good luck.

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try plugging the flash drive into another pc and see if it works.. or if the usb hub is the problem try another flash drive or usb component on the same plug and see if your computer detects it.

your question was not very clear.. but if your concern is about the flash drive been broken there's probably not much you can do if you're the one to blame for the accident. flash drives are solid state memory that can't be removed for the case and put into another case without risking damaging the chips inside and the data with it... but if you need to try make sure you protect the unit from electrostratic discharge so get another unit just like your's that is not bent, try to open the broken one and see if your memory stick inside the flash drive is still intact and just replace the casing if possible (i never done it myself but I guess it's worth to try if you really need that data)

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Ok, What you need todo, IF the internal circuitboard of the usb memory is still intact, you will need to solder the 4 usb connector pins onto the usb circuitboard of the usb memory.
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This is not your device but you should get the idea, you need to solder those 4 connectors back into place, I marked them with red boxes, if the circuitboard is cracked or otherwise damaged, it may be best to give up. Or take it to a electronics repair man, but if the circuitboard is cracked and there are no good connection points the repair will be very difficult but not impossible.

you need to take the plastic cover off from the usb memory and inspect how the board is, you could even send me a picture here by using the attach picture button.

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