Question Is my USB thumb drive fried?

Sep 15, 2019
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My wife recently plugged a working SanDisk 128Gb thumb drive into the USB port of her Camry. The car did not recognize the drive and the drive became very warm to the touch. After a couple of minutes she removed the drive. We brought the drive inside, plugged it into the computer and this is what we got in dmesg (same thing - computer did not recognize the drive and became very warm to the touch):

[ 49.647495] usb 3-7: new full-speed USB device number 6 using xhci_hcd
[ 49.774792] usb 3-7: device descriptor read/64, error -71
[ 50.009847] usb 3-7: device descriptor read/64, error -71
[ 50.244834] usb 3-7: new full-speed USB device number 7 using xhci_hcd
[ 50.372192] usb 3-7: device descriptor read/64, error -71
[ 50.607309] usb 3-7: device descriptor read/64, error -71
[ 50.715237] usb usb3-port7: attempt power cycle
[ 51.160451] random: crng init done
[ 51.160454] random: 7 urandom warning(s) missed due to ratelimiting
[ 51.364497] usb 3-7: new full-speed USB device number 8 using xhci_hcd
[ 51.364646] usb 3-7: Device not responding to setup address.
[ 51.572002] usb 3-7: Device not responding to setup address.
[ 51.779116] usb 3-7: device not accepting address 8, error -71
[ 51.906732] usb 3-7: new full-speed USB device number 9 using xhci_hcd
[ 51.906923] usb 3-7: Device not responding to setup address.
[ 52.114023] usb 3-7: Device not responding to setup address.
[ 52.321420] usb 3-7: device not accepting address 9, error -71
[ 52.321529] usb usb3-port7: unable to enumerate USB device

Anyone else think that my USB drive is fried? If not, anyone know how to resurrect it?
 

Aeacus

Glorious
Herald
Looks like corrupt drive, which is as good as dead.

For file recovery, i, personally, had most success with Recuva,
link: https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva

I had 4GB SanDisk microSD card that died on me (used inside photo camera with holiday pics on it). With Recuva, i was able to salvage nice amount of them, but not all.

Now, i'll never buy any Sandisk or Adata microSD/USB drives again. Had Adata 2GB USB flash drive (aka thumb drive) as well that too died within a year or so. To me, cheap price of microSD/USB drive isn't a factor to hold my data. Reliability is.

Here, i'll stick exclusively with Kingston since i've seen great reliability with Kingston.
After my Adata USB flash drive died, i bought Kingston DataTraveler 101 G2 (8GB) USB flash drive (specs). That drive is now retired, not because it failed but because it became obsolete after several years. Currently, i have Kingston HyperX Savage (128GB) USB flash drive in use (specs), which has 3.5x times faster read speeds when compared to your (now dead) Sandisk USB flash drive (specs). Inside my photo camera, i now use Kingston microSD card (32GB) (specs) and in 2 out of 3 desktop PCs i have, are also using Kingston RAM. But enough of me.

If the Recuva fails and you need the data off from your USB flash drive, you're looking towards data recovery firm. Depending on how far gone the drive is, it may cost pretty penny. And which firm to choose, here's further reading,
link: https://www.enterprisestorageforum.com/products/best-data-recovery-services.html
 

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