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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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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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Off Chip Recovery Demonstration

I want to do a series of videos demonstrating the general ideas behind off-chip recovery and the tools involved. Here is an example of an off-chip recovery from an SM321 QF USB Flash Drive Controller using Flash Extractor. This is…

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Hacked Firmware Part 1

Check out this video of a promotional flash drive with hacked firmware. The NAND chip is actually 8GB but the controller is configured to recognize it as 4GB. My guess is that this allows the manufacture to sell different capacity…

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Stay away from Promotional Flash Drives

Promotional flash drives are manufactured in Shenzhen China and branded with a company logo, then given away as a promotional item, usually for free at conventions or to employees. These flash drives are often programmed to report the wrong capacity.…

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USBest UT163 Thoughts

We got an old USBest UT163 flash drive in. When we started doing data recovery in 2007 these were pretty common, now not so much. They are amazingly simple flash drives compared to modern flash drives. The write procedure for…

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