Media storage devices such as memory cards, USB thumb drives, hybrid hard disk drives, and solid state drives all work on flash-based technology. This technology is lightweight, portable, and very convenient for today's on-the-go culture. However, like any electronic media, and due to their small size and frequent use, flash drives are especially vulnerable to failure. Our innovative team has years of experience recovering data from all flash-based products including camera memory cards, solid state drives (SSD), USB thumb drives, and more.
Physical failures on flash-based devices can be caused by a variety of reasons. Most commonly it is the result of normal deterioration of the memory chip or corruption of the firmware. Electrical errors can also cause a physical failure, spreading from the camera, USB port, or card reader, to the flash drive. Some symptoms you will experience are error messages, complete inaccessibility, or a discrepancy between the shown capacity and its actual capacity. In these situations, software recovery will not be possible. It will require an expert to either fix the firmware, and/or work directly on the memory chip (aka ‘chip-off recovery’).
Logical failure occur when flash-based devices have been accidentally formatted, deleted, or their file structure has become corrupt (often, as a result of the device being ejected improperly). The media is still considered to be healthy, however the data is no longer present or accessible. In these instances, it’s important to avoid using the device in any way to give any specialist the best chance for a successful recovery. Saving new data on the device following a format or deletion will usually result in the previous data being overwritten.
ReStoring Data specializes in recovering digital photos and data files from:
Secure digital (SD) cards
USB thumb drives
XD memory cards