Flash Drive Physical Failure Data Recovery

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Flash Drive Mechanical Data Recovery

In an earlier post, we addressed the issue of logical failures and flash drives, which make it impossible for operating systems to read the data stored on a portable storage device. Here, we want to look at the other side of the coin: flash drive physical failure and how it relates to flash drive recovery service.

Even though they tend to be more portable and durable, flash drives can become damaged or corrupted just like hard drives and other storage hardware can. Typically, when a flash drive has suffered physical damage, you’ll notice one or more distinct symptoms:

  • The flash drive no longer “engages,” and LED lights may no longer come on.
  • Your computer and operating system don’t recognize the drive, or show it as being empty even though you’ve stored files.
  • The flash drive displays a different size or file structure than it has no past (note that it is possible to hack flash drives, and similar symptoms may result).
  • Physical damage to the flash drive itself might be evident, with signs of cracking, breakage, etc.

Assuming that the flash drive doesn’t contain any important information, it may be possible to replace it inexpensively. However, if you have critical files and data saved on the flash drive – something that’s becoming more and more common these days – you’ll want to contact a data recovery team with flash drive expertise right away.

When you need the very best in flash drive data recovery, even in cases of physical failure, reach out to the team at TTR and let us use our expertise to help you get your files back quickly.

The pros and cons of using a flash drive

USB flash drive, also known as thumb drives, pen drive, or USB memory sticks, is a small and lightweight storage device that is relatively immune from dust, scratches, shock, and magnetic field. A USB flash drive comprises mainly of a flash memory and a Universal Serial Bus or USB interface. Using a flash drive to store data has its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of using a flash drive

  • A flash drive is easy to use
    A flash drive fits in the palm of your hand. It is lightweight and can be easily kept inside your pocket, purse, or bag. Using a flash drive only require the user to insert it in the USB port of a computer or a mobile device.
  • Fast and Versatile
    USB flash drive are can read and store data at relatively fast speed. A flash drive can also be used using any operating system.
  • Secure
    USB flash drives can be fitted with advanced security system including a password-restricted access and a physical lock to keep data secure.
  • Affordable
    USB flash drives can be purchased in a variety of storage capacity and features. There is always an affordable and cost-effective drive available depending on one’s need and budget.

Disadvantages of using a flash drive

  • Prone to malware attack
    Like other storage media connected to the computer, flash drives can also be vulnerable to malware attack. The fact that it is portable and can be used on virtually on any kind of device, makes it open to virus infection. There are even some viruses that are created specifically to target USB flash drives to spread and launch a large-scale virus attack.
  • Vulnerable to loss or theft
    Again, its portability and size makes it easy to lose, get stolen, and prone to physical destruction. Thus, it is important to carry and handle USB flash drive with care. Many USB flash drives come with lanyard to make it easy to hang around one's neck or rings to easily keep it along with.
  • Lifespan
    A USB flash drive’s lifespan is rather limited since its longevity heavily relies on the frequency of writing and erasing data. Typically, flash drives last for up to 10 years, however, improper use or frequent use can limit its lifespan to about one year. This is why, USB flash drives are not the considered the best media device for long-term backup storage.
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