Although flash drives are designed to be durable enough to withstand the everyday drops and tumbles they have to endure, they do occasionally fail – and most often, it’s right at the moment when you have an important file saved or backed up on one of them.
There are two kinds of flash drive failures that typically occur: physical failure, and logical failure. While the symptoms might be the same (an inability to find files, the flash drive not being recognized by the computer, etc.), they actually represent separate issues. Physical flash drive failure, as the name suggests, refers to damage to the drive itself. A logical flash drive failure, on the other hand, means that computers are no longer able to find or access the data stored on the drive.
In either case, it’s important to recognize that flash drive data recovery is possible, but it’s different than pulling files and folders from other types of storage media. In other words, you want a team that understands flash drive logical failures and how to overcome them, rather than relying on a local computer shop or a “one-size-fits-all” data recovery service.
More on Logical Recovery
Data recovery is typically thought of in regard to physical damage to a flash drive that renders files impossible to read or retrieve. However, logical flash drive failure – damage to a media that isn’t physical or mechanical in nature – can cause the same kinds of effects, even though the flash drive itself is intact. Logical flash drive failure stems from information that is stored on the memory chip, rather than the flash drive itself.
Although the symptoms of logical flash drive failure are very similar to the ones associated with physical flash drive damage, the causes are very different. In fact, the source of logical flash drive issues can usually be found in one of the following:
- Computer Viruses and Malware
- Formatting or Partial Formatting of the Drive
- System Crashes
- Accidental File Deletion
- Accidental Drive Cloning
- Software and Operating System Corruption
In each case, the underlying issue can corrupt the data or file structure of the affected flash drive. The good news about logical flash drive failure is that, if it is properly recognized and diagnosed by a trained team of data recovery experts, these types of repairs tend to be the quickest and least expensive. Also, the recovery chance for logical failure is much higher than physical failure.
Fast and Effective Logical Hard Drive Recovery
For the fastest and most reliable flash drive logical data recovery anywhere, get in touch with the team at TTR. We’ll evaluate your drive and get the files you need back to you quickly and affordably.