Data recovery on Kingston USB drive
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In this video we will demonstrate our data recovery process that we use for Flash drives that are not getting recognized by any device. If you have a problem with a USB stick that is completely non-responsive, then most likely this technique is the only way to reunite you with your lost data. Our approach does require some very high-end tools from microscope and SMT equipment to NAND flash readers end years of experience. In order to recover data from flash drive that has external memory components, we would need to take several steps.


First of all the entire printed circuit board needs to be inspected. Sometimes inspection will reveal issues related to failed connectors or oscillator crystals, which can drastically reduce amount of time needed for data recovery. Basic preparation of the NAND flash memory chip requires removal of the chip from the board, followed by the clean up process. Using our Hakko FR803 rework station, we disorder the memory from the board. With Hakko FM203 we remove all of the excess solder form the TSOP48 chip to make all the pins perfectly level. We use MG Chemicals Isopropyl Alcohol to remove the flux residue from the chip. Finally, after polishing the pins with a fiberglass scratch pen the chip is fully prepped for reading.

2.Raw Data Extraction
Raw data can be extracted from the memory component with the help of specialized controller. In our case we use 2 we find highly effective (Rusolut, and Flash Extractor). NAND memory component needs to be able to provide ID, so the appropriate configuration schema can be selected. Extraction of RAW data is a time consuming process, so in this video we actually put the screen capture to run 13 faster.

3 Data area reconstruction
Raw data extracted from the chip only represents the data stored on the flash drive. It doesn’t appear as such on its own, and it does require to be put through a series of data conversion elements in order to achieve that structured data look. Controllers on different devices use different conversion elements in order to extend the lifetime of the flash drive by minimizing the wear leveling. You may look at it as a reverse engineering of the data structure algorithm.

These are the 3 main steps of the data recovery process from flash drives. Same procedure would apply to any other type of flash memory device. If you lost important data on your flash drive feel free to contact us for assistance.

HDD Recovery Services
666 Kirkwood Ave, Suite B101
Ottawa, ON
K1Z 5X9
Tel: 1.613.366.4232
Toll free: 1.855.366.4232

Supported Kingston flash drives:
Kingston DataTraveler SE8
Kingston DataTraveler G4
Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3
Kingston DataTraveler Locker+ G3
Kingston DataTraveler R3.0 G2 USB Flash drive
Kingston HyperX Savage
Kingston DataTraveler HyperX Predator