You get the chip out w/o any damage besides physical also from heat. Its important in such operations to use the right tools. Since, you like to play you can go forward and come back with results. On the other half, use LGA socket in order to mount the ram for ease of install/removal.
So, my Lexar Jumpdrive which had worked wonderfully for the last 6 or 7 years died yesterday. This was not unexpected so I have a backup of the data from about 1 month ago so I didn't lose anything critical. But, there are a few files that I'd like to try and get off there (and even if I don't succeed the challenge should be fun).
So, I got an identical flash drive and I'm planning on removing the NAND chip from the first drive and soldering it to the board of the new drive. I'm pretty sure that it's the first board that failed and not the NAND chip as no computer even detects the drive (if the NAND chip failed I'd expect the device to be detected but for there to be nothing on there).
I was essentially going to follow the procedure shown in these 2 videos: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2189147/solder_nand_memory/ and http://www.metacafe.com/watch/2190303/desolder_nand_memory/
I don't have the "heat gun" type thing that the video used but I thought I could just use my soldering iron to heat the solder and then use my solder pump to remove it.
I only need this to work once.
Can anyone think of why this might not work and how to get around those problems? Or, can anyone think of an easier way to get my data off the old NAND chip? If someone's done this before I'd be very interested in any advice that you have to give.