Question Sandisk Cruzer Glide 3.0 switched to read only mode, rapid blue flashing, not writable

Is this USB stick repairable? What do you think?

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xenthia

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Hello there everyone, I have one of these:
https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Flash-Cruzer-Glide-SDCZ60-016G-B35/dp/B007YX9O9O
or a Sandisk Flash USB Cruzer Glide 3 with 16 GB capacity, which I mostly use for portable Linux and ubuntu installation here and there.
I was running Ubuntu off it when all of a sudden it failed on me, Ubuntu giving me errors. I had to restart the system, I took out the stick, logged into windows, connected the stick, and usually, this USB stick just breathes when connected, like the light comes on and then fades out slowly, like a breathing light on light off thingie-ish.
But now when I connect it is blinking very rapidly like now it is out of breath:tearsofjoy:, breathing very quickly, like imagine the police car blinker but very fast.

Now my thinking is that probably because I had the swap ON on this USB stick my ubuntu machine kept writing to it and since the flash USB sticks have a write limit, this flash is not writable anymore. Or am I completely wrong and these USB disks have a correcting feature on them and flag the "unwritable" sectors so only writing to a particular sector can not finish them off?

Also since these things are like 5-6$ on the market, I was thinking that maybe if we could solve this problem with my USB stick, if anyone else in the future has this "write-only" problem with their USB sticks can refer to this post, and try their chances.

Is there anything I can do to repair my USB stick?

Also, I have basic electronic tools handy, and I am willing to purchase some chips and such if they can help advance this post towards a workable solution. Thank you, everyone.
 

xenthia

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You need to find an MPTool to rebuild the firmware. Tools like ChipGenius can identify the controller and NAND.
I am very thankful for your kind suggestion and consideration, you have no idea how much. It is morning where I live and I'm heading out, so in a couple of hours after I return I'll give those apps a try and I\ll share the results with you. Thank you.
 

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You need to find an MPTool to rebuild the firmware. Tools like ChipGenius can identify the controller and NAND.
Hello again I used ChipGenuis and it told me it could not detect my controller:
Code:
Description: [F:][G:]USB Mass Storage Device(SanDisk Cruzer Glide 3.0)
Device Type:  Mass Storage Device

Protocal Version: USB 3.00
Current Speed: High Speed
Max Current: 896mA

USB Device ID: VID = 0781 PID = 5597
Serial Number: 4C53#################

Device Vendor: SanDisk
Device Name: Cruzer Glide 3.0
Device Revision: 0100

Manufacturer: SanDisk
Product Model: Cruzer Glide 3.0
Product Revision: 1.00

Controller Part-Number: Unknown
I even used the powerful mode. So is it possible that it is not responding or gone?
Also since I could not detect the device I was not sure what firmware to use in the other tool.
 
Yes, that's a worry. Sorry, I don't know which tool is safe to use.

You could provide their URLs to virustotal.com. I tend to trust Kaspersky. Less popular AV software might produce false positives, especially due to the low level nature of these tools.

I would set up an old stand-alone PC and run this kind of software offline.
 

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Yes, that's a worry. Sorry, I don't know which tool is safe to use.

You could provide their URLs to virustotal.com. I tend to trust Kaspersky. Less popular AV software might produce false positives, especially due to the low level nature of these tools.

I would set up an old stand-alone PC and run this kind of software offline.
yes, thank you. But still, let us forget about the safety of the tools. I still could not either find out my flash USB's firmware. or get it repaired.
 

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