Most us have had to deal with the fact that our portable memory devices have started to fail (USB, Pendrivers, Secure digital, memory stick, players, MMC, etc.), these failures commonly involve problems such as our computer having trouble identifying the device, it does not appear among the other devices, it does not have the right format, it cannot be explored through My PC and cannot be opened either.
Now there is a solution for all these kind of troubles, especially for portable memories. Each type of memory has an specific solution, depending on its brand and its format, although in almost every case failures can be solved, there are always cases in which it is not possible to rescue it.
The first most common issue with memories is that, when plugging them into our computers, in My PC there is a message communicating that is has no format. The solution to this problem is to use a very useful program called HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool, after installing and running it, this software will allow you to set your memory with a format; however, this will erase all the data stored in your memory, without the possibility to recover anything, it can be downloaded from this link: http://rapidshare.com/files/10434097/HPUSBFW_por_team_CW..rar.
On second place, is when the memory has lost contact with our equipment due to the fact that its pins are worn out or because the opening is damaged; mainly, the most ought thing to happen would be to have a loose cable inside the memory. The best solution would be to weld that cable to it can do a right contact; to do this you will need to go to a procedure in which you will have to open up the flash memory and repair it.
On the third place, we find the memories that have been accidentally dropped to the water or the ocean. Most of these accidents happen because we forget that the memory is in our pocket and we swim without realizing it. It could be any type of memory, to recover it first we will have to let it dry, then we will have to submerge it in sweet water for at least 2 hours, this is to dilute the salt, because they are conductors and if we do not remove them they could cause a short circuit. After diluting them, we will remove the outer frame and we soak the circuit for one last time, then we leave it in absorbent paper and let it dry until it is totally dry, then we assemble it again and try it on our memory reader, luckily this process will work.
Another common problem is that we are missing a driver. To do this we only have to find the corresponding driver for the brand of the memory we have, for example, there are Kingston : (http://www.kingston.com/support/default.asp , Transcend (http://www.transcendusa.com/Support/DLCenter/index.asp , MicroVault de Sony (http://www.sony.net/Products/Media/Microvault/), SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/sandisk-support/driver-download-wizard.aspx) and many other more, such as (Samsung, Memorex, etc.), we only have to look down for a drivers page.
The problem some devices have when they are not recognized by the operative system (Vista or XP) is also very common, the most recommendable thing to do would be to look for a computer with Windows 98 operative system and give our memory its format, after that, we test it with any of the two former operatives systems and they should be able to recognize it.