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The Joys of Thumbdrive Recovery

Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:30 pm

Took about 3 hours of struggling with it but I finally got the last thumb drive on my bench to read.

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Hopefully the coming weeks bring more hard drives instead. I'm getting sick of breathing in solder smoke. :o

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Mon Feb 09, 2015 5:46 pm

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Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:10 pm

There my last successfull connector recovery :F


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Re: The Joys of Thumbdrive Recovery

Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:27 pm

3 hours? You must make some practice. It is about 5 minutes job ;)

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Re: The Joys of Thumbdrive Recovery

Mon Feb 09, 2015 6:54 pm

Usually yes, but all 4 contact points were ripped out of the PCB and it took a bit to figure out where the positive power channel could be connected since the trace went under. Then even when it was right it still wasn't working until I switched to higher guage wire (not sure why, but it wouldn't work).

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Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:00 pm

I was going to ask, what is that, 12 gauge? :D (jk) BTW, what do you use for magnification to work on these? I just got my microscope last week and find that 20x is a bit too much; 10x would have been better. I might still order WF5X eyepieces to yield 10X when combined with the 2X objective. Got a 0.3MP USB camera with it but darn thing doesn't work. Pictures of these repairs would be good for your web site, or not, depending on how it looks. :mrgreen:

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Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:02 pm

Believe it or not, I use nothing but an actual magnifying glass for these. But then my vision is still 20/20 so far. For even smaller stuff I use a cheap USB microscope.

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Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:26 pm

Wait until you need trifocals! Not fun. I have one of those hoods with magnifying lenses you can wear over your regular glasses, and it's pretty good,actually. Has a fold-down auxiliary lens that makes it quite powerful.

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Re: The Joys of Thumbdrive Recovery

Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:48 pm

LarrySabo wrote:I was going to ask, what is that, 12 gauge?


I am a licensed electrician you know, so I'm used to working with big wire.

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Re: The Joys of Thumbdrive Recovery

Mon Feb 09, 2015 10:00 pm

:lol:

BTW, what do you charge for these recoveries, where it's just ripped pads/connections? I asked my DR minimum of $125 CAD last week and got turned down.

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