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How do I fix a DEAD flash Drive?

I have a Crucial 32 Folding flash drive. Worked fine on Tuesday night, plugged it in on Wednesday morning and... Nothing. Absolutely nothing! Problem is, it contains ALL my files (of course) which I need (of course). Is there a way to fix it myself (I have a "little bit" of electronics skills) , or should I send it off and jus pay the $$$$ to have it fixed and data recovered? Any ideas, suggestions? HELP?

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Did you rule out the computer usb ports? If so, you can start with an electronics cleaner and brush in the flashdrive plug.

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Yes. Tried it in two diff computers. It "thinks" when I plug it in , then nothing. Opened it, no fuses or bad connectors . now what??? Is there a way to directly access the chip? Or can I take the chip out & put it into one that works?

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Before you take it apart try downloading easeus data recovery see if you can see your data there

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Good thought.

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@pccheese explain your vote on this answer to me.

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@oldturkey03 I have found no solution in the answer. It would be wiser to "remove as not an answer" than spam, though. My reason for a spam vote is because the recommendation of the software without any actual problem solving.

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@pccheese actually I think it is very wise to check recovery programs before a physical repair. I'd think spam if there would have been an actual link to it, but there was not. Looks like personal preference to me;-)

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A BGA rework professional may be able to swap the memory to a new flashdrive, but without a hot air station you don't have a hope of switching it. Try pressing on the chips while you plug it in. Maybe it will work long enough to get your data. If not I would have to say send it in and pay. :(

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