Broken Usb Flash Drive
Posted 30 September 2005 - 04:55 PM
Anyway. the flash drive still works, but the end that enters the usb port is kindof loose. I'm afraid it'll come off after putting it into a computer and pulling it out several times. You know how tight these usb drives attach to the port.
the idiot ruined my mood for the day, because i just bought this one. for $65.
Any recomendations if this thing can be repaired? and does anyone know if newegg will replace it if i tell them that it broke after i tried pulling it out?
any experience in this area?
Posted 30 September 2005 - 05:12 PM
Posted 30 September 2005 - 07:04 PM
If you are good with soldering, then you can open it up and resolder any broken connectors. Then cover it with super glue or JB Weld or any of those "2 container" type glues that you mix together to make an epoxy glue.
Posted 30 September 2005 - 07:11 PM
If i knew there's a way to change the tip, i'd probably cut the rubber. but then i might mess up the whole thing, and throw it away. so i'm a little hesitant for now.
I can see what's broken though. it's the metal part that belongs to the usb tip that's soldered to the plate that's broken. You know the thin metal(almost like a wire, but slightly flattened and wider) that goes through the plate and is soldered on the other side to keep the tip from moving.
i'm not able to see if it serves any other purpose
Edited by hytga, 30 September 2005 - 07:29 PM.
Posted 30 September 2005 - 07:17 PM
i could probably put a couple of drops of jbweld with a toothpick.
i'm gonna do some reading on jbweld since i'm not familiar with it, meanwhile, any more suggestions are appreciated.
Edited by hytga, 30 September 2005 - 07:51 PM.
Posted 30 September 2005 - 09:17 PM
I don't know ... it's tough to say without seeing it. But if you go to any store that has glue, they usually have those "dual" glues ... that come in 2 separate containers that you mix together. They are usually very tough stuff. You can try jb weld but try not to get it on the connector. Tough call.
Posted 30 September 2005 - 10:39 PM
Soldering those connectors, one has just to be better than good.
EDITED: Oh, it's just USB, I was in another planet, I thought it was the flash chip.
Edited by QueBeceR, 30 September 2005 - 10:41 PM.
Posted 01 October 2005 - 12:28 AM
The laptop hasn't worked since (but I got the files)
But ya, a USB connector should be managable with enough care. Anything smaller and I'd say fooooooget about it.
Edited by Sip, 01 October 2005 - 12:29 AM.
Posted 01 October 2005 - 11:36 AM
The contrary would have surprised me. Are laptop boards not multilayered?
Edited by QueBeceR, 01 October 2005 - 11:36 AM.
Posted 01 October 2005 - 02:43 PM
Posted 04 October 2005 - 06:21 PM
it just dried up. it seems pretty tight.
I hope it stays that way.
now i have to superglue the rubber as neatly as i can.
Posted 04 October 2005 - 06:28 PM
Posted 05 May 2006 - 01:27 AM
the tip is just bent it hasnt come completly off so im hoping i can get all my essays back
Edited by beatnik, 05 May 2006 - 01:29 AM.
Posted 05 May 2006 - 03:12 AM
In any case, this sounds like it's a job for someone good with electronics (PCB soldering).
Maybe you can try to bend the tip back, though I doubt that would fix anything.
As a lesson for the future, ALWAYS have backups of your files. Have them on your hard drive (home PC, laptop, etc), email them to yourself or put somewhere online, put them on CD or DVD, etc. Don't rely on a single storage place ... ever!
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