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Samsung Read Retry Solved

Samsung came out with one of the first generations of Read Retry chips a few years back. Models: K9BCG08U1M, K9BCG08U1A, K9CDG08U5A, K9ABG08U0A based off the same die w/ an ID of ec d7 98 ca (0xecd798ca). Read Retry is a…

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Unknown 2GB

We received a flash drive without a case. It's a Silicon Motion SM3251Q BA 2GB flash drive w/ Toshiba NAND memory. When inserted into a computer it shows a phantom (grayed out) drive letter. This is the controllers safe mode.…

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Ativa 4GB

We recovered an Ativa 4GB. The drive looks like it's in good condition however there were actually some damaged via's and traces from the USB connector being bumped. The drive uses a Toshiba TC58NC2250G6F controller which is a rebranded Phison…

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FAB8GBHSTS3SI2B & FAB16GHSTS3SI4B Recovered

We were able to solve the pinout for the FAB8GBHSTS3SI2B & FAB16GHSTS3SI4B monolithic series of flash drives usually found in PNY and HP branded flash drives. It uses a Silicon Motion Controller and Samsung NAND memory. If you need your…

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Repairing a damaged NAND Pin

One of our customers sent us a flash drive that had been worked on by someone else. The first thing we noticed was that one of the pins on the NAND chip was missing. Luckily we're able to repair this…

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PNY High Performance Data Recovery

We're now able to recover data from PNY High Performance SDHC Class 10 SD Cards. They use 2Y-nm (eg: 20-24nm) NAND Flash chips which required us to construct a special 1.8v/3.3 voltage leveling adapter and implement manual reference voltage adjusting…

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Cracking Monolithic’s

I've seen a lot of unrecoverable Kingston monolithic flash drives lately. It appears to be due to a bad retention clip design on the DataTraveler G2 and G3 drives. The drives typically overheat or show up as a phantom drive…

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We Can NOT recover Samsung MicroSD cards

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his may come as shock considering most data recovery companies brag about what they can recover (even if they really can’t). The market is flooded with these garbage Samsung MicroSD cards, they last three to six months and die. Why?…

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