sandisk abruptly quit working

Sandisk 2gb cruzer mini usb flash drive
August 22, 2009 at 09:35:43
Specs: Windows Vista
hi, I''ve had this SanDisk for less than a yr. Just today it abruptly quit working. It was in my lap top, then switched to desk top for printing a doc, but did not light up. Took it back to laptop, and nothing, no light up. I went to computer > system > device manage, but no yellow ! or ?... It also was quite warm when I unplugged it..

Is this thing dead? is the data retrievable?


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August 22, 2009 at 19:12:05
USB devices may not work correctly when they're connected to certain USB ports, e.g. ports in a hub or on the front of a desktop case.
See response 3 in this:

If you DO have it plugged into a USB port it should work in according to that....

If it's like my various ones, it only lights up when it's being accessed - e.g. while the computer is booting when it's already plugged in, when it's first plugged in, or when you click on it's drive letter.

If it isn't lighting up in those circumstances, it's a lot more likely it's data is damaged than it's physically no good.

Have you been clicking on the Safely Remove icon in your task bar and choosing to STOP allowing access to it whenever you want to unplug it while you're in Windows?
(You can unplug it at any time when the computer is not running.)
In Vista it's a mid green circle - sometimes you may need to click on the < at the left end of the taskbar icons lower right to reveal it.

If you haven't been doing that, it's data is probably damaged.

Some suggestions supplied by aegis1 from a previous Topic

No harm in trying a file recovery program. Depending on the amount of corruption, they can recover data with both FATs bad.

PC Inspector (freeware)

Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs

Really good, but you have to pay for it.

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August 26, 2009 at 17:51:53
thanks, great answer according to others I have talked to. Will give it a shot

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August 27, 2009 at 09:38:04
I have not had this problem so I don't know if the flash drive lights up even when it's data is damaged.

This can apply too, if you have it plugged into a desktop computer, but in this case, ALL of your USB devices, your floppy drive if you have one, and your optical drives, may not work or not properly (all of those require an accurate +5v).

A failing power supply that is not putting out enough of what is supposed to be +5v will cause problems with USB devices.
Go into your mboard's bios Setup. Most bioses can show you the current voltage readings somewhere in Setup - e.g. Hardware Monitor. The +5v reading must be within 10% of 5.0 volts - and the +12v and +3.3v reading must also be within 10% of the nomunal value - if any of them aren't within 10%, you MUST replace the power supply.
Also, any voltage reading that is more than 10% too high will cause DAMAGE eventually.

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