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I have a 16 gb memory stick and had this in the USB port - it was working. However, the stick was bent while in the port - now it won't read at all. Have a lost all of my data which is very important to me? Please advise. Sheila Kerr

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You must have broken the solder contacts on the usb connection.
Your only hope is to open the pendrive up and see if you can re solder the contacts.
Other than this you would have to take it to a data recovery company, this costs lots of money

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