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I broke my USB flash drive in half so that the part that enters the computer is separated from the chip, are there any repair services available?

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I fixed my USB flash drive that broke in half and not only was I able to recover the information, but I could still use it if I wanted to. I took an old USB cable and cut off the end of it so there was the wire and the part to plug into the computer. I then separated the wires and soldered them to the flash drive and used electrical tape to reinforce it. You can also send your flash drive to a recovery service. Everyone told me there was no hope, but there was and I fixed it.

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Select the USB flash drive as the first boot priority device. Press the "F10" key to save this setting and exit from the setup menu.


Connect the USB flash drive to an open USB port on your computer.

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When the update is complete, you may be prompted to restart your computer, or it may reboot automatically.


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