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Help damage sd card! some loose chip connection in my sd card

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  1. jaytab

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    When I plug my sd card to my card reader, (that only half get inserted), I bent my card because of the cheap plastic made by patriots, so some of the connection of black chip to the board came off. I know coz I open it, and check what happen. Please Help, I have a lot of photos and videos I did for work that I need to retrieve. What can I do or where to bring it to assess it?
     

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    Hi jaytab, and welcome to TSG.

    Try checking if you have any local companies that offer a printed circuit board assembly service for boards with surface mount parts. They would typically have a rework station where they might be able to resolder the ICs to your board for a nominal fee. They may not be able to guarantee that resoldering the part will give you a working memory card as the bending of the board may have fractured an internal copper trace in the board or a trace under the IC.
     
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    Thank you cwwozniak, I was hoping that pc board is not the problem. Do you know if I could switch that chip to a different pc board? like if buy a new sd card and remove the chip and replace it with mine will it work? Just in case soldering it won't work?
     
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    You would probably need to replace all of the chips on an identical new board with all of the chips from the old board. Your data is most likely spread across all of the memory chips (if more than one is used on the board) and a management chip may be storing configuration information for exactly where your data files are stored in the memory chips.
     
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