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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sonitheking, Sep 29, 2019.

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  1. sonitheking

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    my laptop fell from my desk, and my usb stick in it ended up breaking. the only thing that broke was the port that goes into the laptop, which is made of cheap plastic
    im an animator and artist and i have a lot of valuable projects on my usb, is there anyway i can fix this???
     
  2. cwwozniak

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    Hi and welcome to TSG.

    Are you handy with a soldering iron or know someone who is? One way of recovering the drive's contents would be to replace the damaged plug with a short piece of cable and plug cut from an inexpensive USB cable,
     
  3. SeanLaurence

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    If all that is broken is the plastic case around the stick, then it doesn't matter. Plug it in and it should just work.
    If the damage is more extensive, then you may need to have some surgery done.
    There are data recovery places that specialize in this kind of thing. It sounds like your data may be valuable enough to justify a few hundred dollars to pay a professional.
     
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    That wasn't what he said.
    He said
    I assume he meant the USB plug, which on some sticks are plastic rather than metal, broke.

    Here's a method with images to repair the plug
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KpgB0KkgDtxBwMwwywefuik7SkG5VtdZAbVA1XVO0fM/edit
    and a video


    Here's a company that does this
    https://www.gillware.com/data-recov...ge-data-recovery/flash-drive-repair-bent-usb/
     
  5. SeanLaurence

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    He also said, "which is made of cheap plastic." but you didn't quote that part.
    The thing is, OP was not clear in the original description of what is broken. If the part that is broken is cheap plastic, then the rest of it might be OK. Did you see how I answered the question both ways? There was no need for you to suggest that I had not read the question or had answered incorrectly.

    If you look at the timestamp of the first two replies, you would see that I was still writing my answer when cwwozniak posted his.

    We all have a different way to tackle tech problems. I was concerned that sonitheking might not be comfortable with a soldering iron, and might not want to risk damaging the USB stick and losing the data.
     
  6. Oddba11

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    I will take a moment to point out that anything important that is only stored in ONE place, is data that you don't care about losing. You should have at least TWO copies of all important data. And the primary source should not be a USB stick. Of all the media types available, USB sticks are the most likely to be damaged, lost, or simply fail.
     
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