USB Memory Sticks Commonly Encountered Issues:
USB Memory sticks work similarly to memory cards but with the addition of some extra hardware that allows them to be plug into USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports on a computer or laptop. This kind of ‘flash memory’ as a generally only loses data if the user deletes or formats it. If the data becomes inaccessible without your deleting or formatting it then there is almost certainly some kind of physical hardware problem. And as small pieces of hardware they also are susceptible to breakages, and heavy knocks. It is however the internal workings such as the layer of oxide that allows for data transfer that often is the most easily damaged.
USB Memory Chip Failings:
Inside every USB stick is a flash memory chip to which your information is saved. This flash memory (known as NAND flash) works using a series of small transistors at either end. Also known as EEPROM, it is just like a memory card and can cease to work properly if the memory chip is destroyed. You might think that damaging the memory chip inside a USB stick is difficult to do because of the outer casing but sadly this is not the case. A memory chip can be damaged by sitting down with the memory stick in your pocket.
USB Memory Stick FAT Corruption:
In the same way a hard drive requires a File Allocation Table to operate so too does a memory stick. This FAT tells the memory how to behave when loaded into a computer running a particular operating system. And if the FAT is corrupted you will find that you are unable to load data from or write data to the stick. This may occur for a number of reasons but the most common occurrence is when a computer or other device supporting USB suffers a power surge during the read/write operation. We at Brighton Data Recovery have 15+ years experience dealing with the problems caused by corrupted FAT systems on USB sticks. Contact us for more information.
USB Memory Stick Formatted Or Deleted By Mistake:
We’ve all formatted or deleted a file or folder in error. And when using a USB memory sticks this is no exception. Deleting or formatting a USB stick immediately renders the data unreadable to you, the user, but not to us here at Brighton Data Recovery. With our knowledge and experience of USB Memory Stick formatting and deletion as well as up to the minute recovery software, there is a high probability that we can recover your missing data as long as you have not reformatted the USB stick after your initial format or written new information to it.
USB Memory Stick Causing PC, MAC, Or Other Device Freeze or Crash:
Have you tried plugging your USB into your computer, Mac or other USB device only to find it will not recognise it? If you have then it may well be a problem with the integrity of the memory. It could be something as straightforward as a bad connection in the USB port or it could be something more serious such as a bad memory chip or degrading layer of oxide. You may also find that by inserting your USB Memory Stick into your computer’s port it will bring your computer to a halt. Thus causing it to stall or even freeze and require a reboot. If this is so then there is most certainly a problem with the memory stick and it is best not to continue trying to use it. Contact us at Brighton Data Recovery and we will be able to advise on the best course of action, especially if you need to recover the information contained on that specific USB stick.