Typical USB Memory Stick Queries:
USB Memory sticks are delicate pieces of storage equipment that can fail for a number of reasons. Chiefly however when it comes to memory sticks the reasons for failure are either physical damage or onboard firmware failure. Dropping a USB memory stick might not cause it any immediate harm but you should be aware that over time the chances are that somewhere within that device a tiny capacitor may have become loose. If you have damaged a USB memory stick inadvertently by dropping it, standing on it or one of many other accidental ways of damaging it, please contact us so that we can help you plot out how best to save your data.
USB Memory Stick Crystal Oscillator Deprivation:
Crystal Oscillators are tiny little components on the memory stick’s chip that allow for the passing of binary information which is then compressed down for safe keeping. Just like a memory card a USB memory stick compresses the information you save to it by breaking the data down into a series of multiple 0s and 1s. If the crystal oscillator is damaged or access to it restricted then it is almost impossible for the chip within the memory stick to replicate 0s and 1s in binary thus making the reading or writing of information almost impossible. Here at staines data recovery we have up to date chip reading technology that allows us the ability to reconstitute your data where it might otherwise seem lost.
USB Memory Stick Damaged NAND Flash:
USB memory cards and sticks operate using what is called NAND flash memory. This is memory that cannot be deleted even after the device has been removed from its power source, making it much more stable than RAM. However even though it is more stable than RAM it is still susceptible to damage especially if the chip has been broken or introduced into harsh climates where it would not normally be required to function. Excessive heat, cold and magnetic interference can damage the NAND flash and thus make it impossible for your device to read. We here at staines data recovery have many years of experience when it comes to recovering data from damaged chips such as these and recommend you contact us if you feel your memory stick has been damaged by harsh conditions or accidental breakage.
Accidental Formatting or Deletion of USB Stick:
There is no escaping the fact that at one time or another we have all deleted a drive or formatted one that contained information we wanted to keep in particular. Some operating systems give you the opportunity to recover your data but a full recovery without corruption is not always guaranteed likewise formatting a memory stick will lead to the same end. A formatted USB memory stick cannot be unformatted but the data can be recovered using sophisticated software and techniques. If you discover that you have accidentally deleted the contents of a USB stick or formatted it by mistake please contact us – ensuring that the memory stick has been put away for safe keeping – so that we may help you recover your lost data.
USB Memory Stick Not Visible By USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 Via Operating System:
Memory sticks now operate on most computers using either USB 2.0 or USB 3.0. To this end the chances are that if you take a memory stick from one location to another you will be able to find a computer that will recognise and read the data. That said though there are occasions when an operating system, Windows or Mac based, may not recognise a memory stick because of issues relating to its onboard USB settings. These settings, determined by the firmware, may have been damaged or the firmware superseded by a newer version that you are not in possession of. This is one of the most common reasons why individuals and businesses alike contact us regarding their USB stick stored data and with this in mind should you discover that your USB memory stick is not being recognised when inserted into USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 then we strongly advise you to contact us at your earliest possible convenience so that we can help.