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Memory stick data retrieval

by arcflight / November 13, 2014 1:00 AM PST

I had been using a Lexar PRO memory stick. One day it accidentally tiddley-winked across the room and as improbability would have it split apart (really I was not trying to have it escape, this wasn't in my hands). The circuitboard and its film-like protector flew out from the sandwich layers of its plastic sheath. I then collected the pieces and put them back together again.

However, since then it has become unreadable, although that was not completely the case at first. The drive will be recognized, but the data does not appear to exist. I have let Windows check and repair the disk 2-3 times, but now it won't reveal anything at all. It hasn't been formatted, so I'm wondering whether anything can be done at this point to retrieve the data. I'm not beneath lifting out parts and soldering them to my other Lexar 2 GB memory stick, if that could help.

As for software, I've used about three different products thus far that claim to recover memory stick drives -- Easeus and two others -- but they can't detect anything. For some reason the data-bearing portion of the drive beyond header info seems to act as if it does not exist, because these programs simply can't find anything. The green light of the drive does come on and blink thoughtfully.

Has my data become lost or has the chip become inaccessible?

Does anyone know on which chip the data portion of the drive exists?

I would like to retrieve some original audio files that have been recorded onto the disk. Thanks if you can help.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 13, 2014 1:05 AM PST
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Retrieve Memory Stick Data
by proseandpoetry / November 14, 2014 11:16 AM PST

A couple of years ago, I lost all the data on my 16GB Cruzer. A friend recommended a program called "Find and Mount" by A-FF Data Recovery. I did recover all my data on the Cruzer. My version is 1.64 MB in size. Find and Mount will most likely be able to retrieve your files. Read how to use it and follow the instructions. Good Luck to you!

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