How Do I retreive info off 128gb PNY Flashdrive - very hot

Kapustin Yar

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I have a 128GB PNY Flashdrive. I haven't used it in a while. Recently I plugged it in and it got so hot it melted the plastic. How do I get the info off it
 

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Depending on what is wrong with it, you may not even be able to get any data off of it even if it was working properly. Something not discussed often is the degradation over time of the captured data in the flash memory. You have to periodically apply power to the flash memory to refresh the electrons held in the individual cells. This why flash memory is not recognized as an approved archival medium by the National Archives.

But the overheating indicates a bigger problem which could be catastrophic all by itself.
 

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