Your USB key is physically broken. That is to say that the disk manager on your computer does not recognize it at all or does not detect its real capacity. Is Data Recovery on this physically broken USB key still possible? In this article, we will detail the possibilities and the limits.

Diagnose a physical failure of USB key :

USB key failures are numerous in terms of origin or consequences. From the moment the USB key data is no longer accessible, the USB key is considered to have failed. A data recovery technician is interested in two things:

  • The physical state of the USB drive regardless of its contents. That is to say, does the USB key fully assume its functions as a storage medium with an acceptable performance?
  • Next, the logical state of the USB drive. That is to say, is the organization of the data still valid and has not undergone modifications?

Diagnosing the failure of the USB key is an essential step because the rest depends on it. The subject of this article is not the diagnosis of USB key , but the treatment of the physical failure afterwards.

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Electronic hardware failure :

This type of physical failure is the most common. In this case, all functions of the USB key are broken. In some cases, the USB drive may be Linkedin visible in Disk Management with a weird capacity. Like for example 16 MB instead of 16 GB. This information is completely erroneous and does not represent the USB key. Here is a non-exhaustive list of electronic hardware failures:

  • Connector broken following a shock, fall or twist.
  • A faulty electronic component. This may relate to a protection or oscillation component.
  • Micro-controller out of order.
  • Defective motherboard.
  • Finally, very degraded memory chip, even short-circuited.

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