Repair a usb stick

Repair a usb stick

Do you have a USB stick that does not work anymore? If the hardware is not damaged and you do not mind losing the files,  Here we tell you how you can saved your data. but if they are important we advise not to try to repair it.

Method 1  how to repair physical damage


1 Determine the importance of the files on the USB stick.

If you find that your files are too important to risk a do-it-yourself attempt, it might be better to find a company that specializes in recovering data on flash drives or USB sticks. These companies have access to hardware and special tools that are intended to repair printed circuit boards. The better companies can remove the NAND memory chip from the printed circuit board and then retrieve the stored data. The prices for recovering the data may very, depending on the damage and the type of recovery required. Some data recovery companies offer a price between 200 en 1500 dollar for physical / internal damage.

2 Grab the necessary tools.

If your files are not important and you want to try it yourself you need the following: A soldering iron with soldering tin and flux. An old USB cable Cable pliers / stripper A small flat-head screwdriver A magnifying glass or magnifying glass Note: These steps only apply if your USB stick has a faulty connector.                    

3 Carefully remove the cover from the USB stick with the flat head screwdriver.

4 Use the magnifying glass to inspect the circuit board and the soldering points.

If the PCB itself is damaged or if solder tips are loose, you probably need the help of a professional . Note: Look at the four soldering points that connect the pins of the USB connector to the copper lines on the PCB. If the connector is broken and the soldering points and PCB are not damaged you can proceed to the next step.

5 Place the USB stick on a hard surface with the end of the connector facing you and with the soldering tips up.


6 Use the cable pliers to cut the end of the USB cable.

Cut off the ‘female’ if it is not a ‘male-male’ cable.


7 Use the cable stripper to expose approximately 0.6 cm from each of the four cables inside.

Or if you do not have an extra USB cable, you might be able to solder pieces of a thin electricity cable to each pin of the faulty USB connector. This way you can make your own mini-USB cable.

8Solder each of the four wires to the four soldering points. The colors from left to right are black, green, white and red.

Do not change these, because then your stick (and your files) will be irreparably damaged. If you use your own wires instead of a cable, you simply have to solder each wire directly to the corresponding pin, regardless of which color the wire has.

9Plug the other end of the USB cable into a computer and thumbs but that it works.

When the connection is made, congratulations! Then copy the files to your computer. If it is still not recognized, there is probably an underlying problem that can not be detected by the naked eye. Consider having it repaired by a professional repair company or hanging it in the Christmas tree to remind you to always back up your important files.  

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