USB Memory Sticks Degradation:
Your USB memory stick is just like any other storage device and through time it will begin to degrade. This does not mean the device will necessarily fail as soon as you notice it slowing down but the chances are that this is the first step on the slippery slope to your memory stick’s sad demise. As many of us don’t consider the possibility of a device we are using will fail we tend to carry on regardless and find ourselves caught out when the inevitable happens. The result being we are left with a non functioning device and no backup of our information. Degradation in USB memory sticks normally occurs when the device has been used for a long time and has been subjected to a lot of wear and tear and knocks and bangs in transit. A USB memory stick after all fits in a pocket or in the side of a laptop bag and taking it with us on the train or the bus can subject it to repeated accidental collisions. In addition to this you will find inside every memory stick a chip – called EEPROM – that acts as flash memory. This flash memory has a thin layer of oxide that over time whittles down as information is passed along it.
Physical Damage to your USB Memory Stick:
There is no getting away from the fact that as the owner of a USB memory stick you may try as much as possible to securely move it from place to place but things happen and accidents do too. To this end the USB memory stick is only as good as its last collision or severe knock. And if there are too many of these the end results means that you could end up plugging your USB stick into a host device only to find that it no longer functions and leaves you unable to access the information you have stored on it. Contact us if your USB memory stick has failed without warning and we will offer you advice on how we can recover that data using our up to the minute recovery software.
USB Stick USB 2.0 Port Damage:
The whole purpose of a USB memory stick is to allow it to be used on more than one machine in more than one place. And as such you should be able to, if it is functioning correctly, take it from home to work and vice versa and be able to read your data on a variety of machines. It’s unfortunate then that you might discover that when you plug the stick into a USB 2.0 port that it is not recognised or if it is recognised it is not accessible. This may be a problem with the connections between the pins on the memory chip inside and the USB adapter and if so then there is little chance of it being accessible on any USB 2.0 device. We can help however by taking the chip from the USB stick and reading it through our specialist chip-reading software and thus be able to retrieve your data too
Accidental Formatting or Deletion of USB Stick:
It’s the classic problem that many users face; mistakenly deleting information from a storage device and not being able to retrieve it. There are some software utilities available on the Internet that promote the retrieval of lost data and although they can retrieve the data they cannot guarantee that the data will not be corrupted when it is reconstituted. If you have deleted data by mistake or accidentally formatted your USB memory stick then remove it from the host device and contact us here at www.leedsdatarecovery.co.uk We will be able to help retrieve the data safely and without corruption if the drive has not had any information written to it since the accidental deletion or has not been reformatted.
Home or Office Computer No Longer Able to Read USB Stick:
You may well find yourself in the position of not being able to read the data on your USB memory stick even though you were previously able to. This may occur because of a corruption in the file allocation table on the memory chip or because the firmware (the small but important program that tells it how to communicate with a host device) has become corrupted. This can happen simply because the memory stick has been used a lot and has lived out its lifespan but can also occur if there has been a power surge whilst it was connected to a host device. Another avenue to explore is the potential introduction of a virus to the memory stick whilst it was connected to another host device. If you cannot access your memory stick and have important data you need to recover contact us at www.leedsdatarecovery.co.uk and we can run through the ways in which we may be able to help