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I turned my computer tower over this morning and in the process my usb flash drive was bent. The metal tip came out on one side and now the device is not working at all. My life is on this device and I desperately need the data from it. Does anyone know a way to at least retrieve the information from the device??? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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I would advise you to send the drive to Drive Savers in the US, or Seagate Recovery Services in Canada. These two companies specialize in data recovery, however it will not be inexpensive.

DriveSavers - www.drivesavers.com

Seagate Recovery Services - http://services.seagate.com/ss/

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