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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:49 am    Post subject: Is it possible to revive a USB key from error -110 (power)? Reply with quote

Hi.

A friend came with a defective USB key, a Sony 16GB device. When I plugged it in my machine I could read kernel messages such as:
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device descriptor read/64, error -110

which seem to mean the key is drawing too much power from the motherboard. Murphy helping, some important documents on the key, no backup...

So the question is it possible to revive the key? Or do you know companies who use to do that job? Just tell about prices if any, I'll just transmit, the decision is not upon me :D .

Thanks a bunch in advance.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.datalabrecovery.com/data-recovery-services/drive-recovery/flash-drive-recovery/

There are probably similar services offered by companies near you.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, BoneKracker. I'll lookup for companies nearby. So I guess it's possible, that's some good news.

You changed your avatar, BTW? I just started to get used to the previous one :lol: ;) .
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

before you go down such expensive routes, have you disconnected all usb devices AND plugging directly into the mobo (ie not via a hub)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naib wrote:
before you go down such expensive routes, have you disconnected all usb devices AND plugging directly into the mobo (ie not via a hub)

I haven't plugged it closer to the motherboard than into the USB inputs that exist on the four machines (most of them are laptops, which didn't even have a USB mouse or keyboard plugged in) against which the key was tested. All four tests failed, i.e. no disk device appeared after the key was plugged in. Not sure it answers your question though.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

VinzC wrote:
Thanks, BoneKracker. I'll lookup for companies nearby. So I guess it's possible, that's some good news.

You changed your avatar, BTW? I just started to get used to the previous one :lol: ;) .

The avatar is Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, an interesting and brilliant man, individualist, and proto-humanist who probably lived about ten people's worth of life in his.
http://www.sirrichardfrancisburton.org/rfb_home.html
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoneKracker wrote:
The avatar is Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, an interesting and brilliant man, individualist, and proto-humanist who probably lived about ten people's worth of life in his.
http://www.sirrichardfrancisburton.org/rfb_home.html

Thanks for the link... reading... 8)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoneKracker wrote:
The avatar is Captain Sir Richard Francis Burtonl


Thought it was Ming the Merciless.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VinzC wrote:
Naib wrote:
before you go down such expensive routes, have you disconnected all usb devices AND plugging directly into the mobo (ie not via a hub)

I haven't plugged it closer to the motherboard than into the USB inputs that exist on the four machines (most of them are laptops, which didn't even have a USB mouse or keyboard plugged in) against which the key was tested. All four tests failed, i.e. no disk device appeared after the key was plugged in. Not sure it answers your question though.


data recovery services can be expensive.
Personally I would look at buying an identical stick and considering popping of the flashchip (before testing out the stick w.r.t. actual current draw) but thats just me
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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who probably lived about ten people's worth of life in his.
Greedy, self-centered elitist SOB. :D I bet he was a slave driving employer too!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naib wrote:
data recovery services can be expensive.
Personally I would look at buying an identical stick and considering popping of the flashchip (before testing out the stick w.r.t. actual current draw) but thats just me

The key was opened and the electronics seems more complicated than I expected, there are many surface mounted devices on the circuit board besides the two memory chips, one on each side of the board. I am not even sure if we just remove the connector it'll be enough. That said, the company I have contacted asks between 150 and 300 euros for the recovery, which (if expensive) is still affordable. Once in a lifetime.
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