A Cruzer Glide Recovery: 16GB with Broken USB Connector

Recovering Data from USB Thumb Drives

USB drives like this Cruzer Glide model are very convenient to store data on temporarily for easy access. Having a backup is always important, but especially when you are storing the data on these little USB guys. The standard ExFat or Fat32 format they usually come reformatted in is notorious for getting corrupted due to being unplugged without being properly ejected or similar. But they are extremely convenient!

They are so convenient that sometimes you can even forget they are plugged into your laptop when putting it away, until you need to access the data and realize the USB connector has broken off completely in the bottom of your backpack. Or they are left in your pocket and take a ride on splash mountain with your clothes.

16GB Cruzer Glide Recovery

When looking at these USB thumb drives for recovery, the hope is that the data chip is intact and not cracked. When the data chip itself cracks, recovery is not possible. In this case, the 16GB Sandisk data chip was intact and the connector was the only physical issue!

After soldering the connector in place with some fresh solder, I always continue with the same process as any other drive: imaging first, then recovery software, then moving to a new drive. The imaging process completed without issue, so the physical problems were remedied with the soldering.

In this case I didn’t notice any partition corruption or other software issue during the recovery software process; it was just the physical problem of the USB connector being broken off. 100% of the data was recovered!

This particular recovery took about a day to complete and get back to the client. It fell under our Standard Recovery Tier and the client was happy with the results! It is a good feeling to get 100% of the data someone needs.

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