Death of a Flash Drive

By cduma
Mar 3, 2008
  1. My flash drive just died. I am almost certain the write limit has not been reached. the blinky light is nolonger blinky. it just stays lit.
    Its a 4gb bought on eCrack errr, eBay from a 99% seller.
    There are no logos on the drive
    Please send help! It has all my hard won linux distros from 3KBps servers

    the flash chip is
    samsung 719
    PCB*[*either zero or oh cant tell]

    and the UC is
    Create [never heard of this manufacturer]
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    HP USB Disk Storage Format Utility

    Will format any USB flash drive
    It can be known to recover Flash drives that are un-responsive too.

    WARNING: This will format (lose all info) on your drive. But may fix it!

    For recovery (before format) first try another computer
    Then search for USB drive data recovery programs from Google
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,260   +92

    If it won't work on other USB ports or other PC's, and your "blinky light" is no longer "blinky" odds are it is indeed broken. You can try and run a chkdsk on the drive, but I doubt it will do anything if you aren't getting a response from it.

    Flash drives are far from the most reliable devices, I would advise against trusting them with any critical data unless you have it backed up elsewhere.
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