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[FIXED] SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 (CZ80) Died

We received an unresponsive SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 (CZ80) flash drive that heats up when plugged into a computer. The computer didn’t recognize the flash drive and the LED didn’t blink. After opening the SanDisk flash drive and diagnosing the…

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Mystery BGA-149 NAND Chip

We have seen a few of these BGA-149 NAND chips in Verbatim flash drives from China. At first, they look like eMMC chips but they are actually custom NAND chips. Toshiba’s marketing material says they’re BGA-153 and intended for “high…

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Monolithic Flash Recovery

Monolithic devices encase all their components inside a single chip vs. traditional flash devices where all the components are separate. When flash devices fail sometimes it's necessary to read the flash memory chip however since the memory chip is encased…

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Recovering Deleted Pictures

There are a few "PRO" file recovery programs like R-Studio used by data recovery companies, but there are some lesser known free applications that are just as good. In this video, I show how to use Image Explorer from Soft-Center…

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Broken Connectors on Latest SanDisk BGA Model

We're starting to see a new generation of SanDisk Flash Drives com in with BGA-132 NAND chips. These circuit boards have a manufacture code of 54-50-07004 R1 and are dated 2013 with a 82-00515-5 controller. So far they've come in…

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SanDisk Flash Drive Not Recognized

Flash drives are mini computers with their own operating system called firmware. If the firmware is corrupt or unable to load because of an issue with the flash memory chip, the flash drive will boot into safe mode. When a…

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Another Happy Customer

Thank you emails are always awesome... :-) Jeremy, I received the new flash drive on Friday. I cannot tell you how happy and relieved I was to be able to open my files again. When my flash drive snapped in…

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