16GB Drive Power surge on hub port Problem

Sandisk Cruzer 16gb usb flash drive
September 22, 2011 at 10:31:30
Specs: Windows XP, 500mhz/256mb
16GB Flash Drive gets a message "Power surge on hub port...A USB device has exceeded the power limits of its hub port" every time I plug it in.

Is there any way to recover the data without $$$?

A place in the UK offers USB drive recovery services and claims to have recovered data from such a drive(to DVD), so I know it's POSSIBLE, but HOW and what would I need to recover the data myself?


Under "Sandisk cruzer USB flash drive not recognized" it says they've recovered the data from such a drive.

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September 22, 2011 at 11:27:12
Did you have it plugged into a usb hub or directly into a usb port on your computer?

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September 22, 2011 at 12:35:39
You are getting way ahead of yourself. Try a different USB port on the computer.

Post the full model of your computer or if a custom built unit, the motherboard model.

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September 22, 2011 at 12:45:13
That's what I was getting at. Just like OtheHill says. The drive may be perfectly good yet.

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September 22, 2011 at 14:26:36
@OtheHil Not ahead of myself, just you guys. That was the first thing I did; determined the problem is the drive. Here's what happened:

I FRIED IT plugging it into a hub (2.0 pcmcia- also fried) and connecting a incompatible power supply to the hub. I determined this before asking, and the message is when connecting to the working usb 1.0 hub that isn't the one I fried it with; and also trying with two other devices(non-windows) which would not recognise it at all. So the question is, can the data be recovered somehow even though no system (I have) can currently power/recognise the broken drive in it's current condition?

The only thing I've found is that link that says they can and have recovered data from such a device, but I'm not going to send it to the UK to recover personal/non-critical data.

I've been working with all sorts of computers; windows and linux for 20yrs so obviously I covered the obvious stuff... like trying another port.

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September 22, 2011 at 14:46:25
Then you should have mentioned that. If you fried the circuitry on the flash drive IMO you probably cooked any files. Remember what the media is. If it were a hard drive there is a possibility.

If you bought an identical drive and tried disassembling and swapping components but I wouldn't hold out much hope.

The link below would be your best resource.


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September 22, 2011 at 17:28:40
Thanks... but - afaik, unless it was transferring(writing data) to the drive it should be there, as the circuitry that controls and powers it can be fried without the memory chip even being accessed. The computer wasn't even on, I just plugged a power supply into the usb card, and it and the card/drive just got warm after a minute, and then I unplugged it(because the one I used to use would make the drive light up) and after booting, the drive and usb 2.0 card appear to be damaged as I stated.

Thanks for the link.

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