The Flash Drive Failure Epidemic Is Here: Industry Expert Offers Advice on Protecting Your Files and Discusses Flash Drive Recovery Options

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"The growing popularity of flash drives combined with widespread misuse and a nearly universal failure to back them up has led to thousands of people losing their important files every month," says Ryan Stutzman of FlashDrivePros LLC, a Seattle-based data recovery company that specializes in recovering files from broken flash drives and other NAND Flash memory devices.

...widespread misuse and a nearly universal failure to back them up has led to thousands of people losing their important files every month.

You probably own one, maybe two. The popularity of the flash drive has grown rapidly over the last decade. And it’s no wonder: They’re small enough to fit in your pocket, universally accessible from almost any computer, can store a huge amount of digital files, and they’re really inexpensive.

But according to Ryan Stutzman, President of FlashDrivePros LLC, these four benefits are precisely the reason so many people are losing their files and frantically searching the internet for flash drive recovery services and software these days.

Why Flash Drives Fail

“Flash drives fail for all kinds of reasons” explains Ryan “but the fundamental reason so many people are losing their files lately is first because of how we have come to use them, and second, how they are made.”

So what causes flash drives to fail? Ryan suggests four main causes:

  •     Storing a USB flash drive—or any electronic device—in your pocket makes it susceptible to moisture and corrosion, electro-static discharge and physical damage. A Windows error saying “flash drive not recognized” is a common sign of physical damage.
  •     Using a flash drive in multiple computers exposes it to problems such as virus attack, power surges, and file corruption.
  •     High-capacity NAND memory chips and multi-chip PCB configuration can increase the likelihood of flash drive failure. Plus, having more storage capacity means we likely have more important documents on our USB flash drives to lose.
  •     As market forces push USB flash drive prices down, manufacturers often sacrifice quality to compete. This leads to increased flash drive failure rates even among the major brands.

These factors combined with the increasing popularity of flash drives has apparently led to somewhat of a epidemic in data loss and increased the need for USB flash drive repair services.

“Flash drives were created for data transfer, but most people use them almost exclusively for portable data storage—and rarely back them up” adds Ryan.

Google search statistics do suggest there is growing problem as the frequency of searches for phrases like “flash drive recovery”, “broken flash drive repair” and “usb device not recognized” are increasing every year. But according to Ryan, few data recovery companies have the equipment, knowledge and experience to recover flash drive data with a high success rate and still charge economical prices.

Prevention and Backup Software

Mr. Stutzman offers some good advice for those wanting to inoculate themselves from the broken flash drive plague. “Just being mindful of the fragility of flash drives can go a long way in preventing damage. For example, if your PC tower is located on the floor by your feet, there’s a good chance you might kick or bump a flash drive plugged in to a front-facing USB port. Instead, plug it in to a rear USB port or use an extension cable to prevent the connector from breaking off.”

Ryan also suggests backing up your files daily. Since it can be hard to remember or just inconvenient to back up your flash drive, he recommends using automatic flash drive backup software such as FDP Flash Drive Sync™ to get the job done.

Flash Drive Recovery Software

For those of you who have already broken a flash drive and need to get the files back, Ryan says you should try free data recovery software first.

“For flash drives that are not physically damaged, there are several free software applications that can sometimes recover files from a malfunctioning flash drive, even if it is not recognized by your computer. The best free flash drive recovery software applications are Power Data Recovery, Recuva, and PhotoRec for more advanced users.”

Flash Drive Recovery Services

If your drive is physically broken or free software doesn’t do the trick, Ryan says you probably need to search out a professional flash drive recovery company. But that may not be so simple.

“The price of USB flash drive data recovery services at typical data recovery labs can reach into the thousands and it might take weeks or even months to get your files back” explains Ryan. “And if the company won’t agree to a fixed price and doesn’t offer a no data, no fee policy, I would look elsewhere. Or you can just skip all the hard work and send it to FlashDrivePros!” Ryan says, only half-jokingly.

So if you find yourself with a flash drive that is not recognized and need flash drive recovery, and free data recovery software has proven unsuccessful, consider sending it to Ryan’s team of flash drive recovery experts in Seattle.

About FlashDrivePros

FlashDrivePros LLC is Seattle Data Recovery Company specializing fast and affordable flash drive recovery services by mail. The FlashDrivePros team of engineers has developed proprietary techniques, specialized knowledge, has all the available flash drive repair equipment, and a vast archive of cases studies for reference, all of which drives their market leading 94% data recovery success rate. The company offers flash drive data recovery service to individuals and corporate clients across the globe. By uploading their clients’ files to a secure online file storage server, they’re able to deliver their clients’ files securely in the cloud in as few as 12 hours of receiving the broken flash drive in the mail. There is no fee and they will even pay return shipping if they are unable to recover the files, which is unlikely considering their 94% success rate.

In addition to flash drive repair and data recovery, they also offer low-cost automatic flash drive backup software, ultra secure online file storage, and custom engineered high-speed flash drives build to withstand just about anything.


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