I have a Sandisk 32G USB flash drive that someone has given me in the hope that I might be able to salvage some data off it. Looks like it was in a laptop and jammed against a wall, resulting in broken solder joints. My PC wasn't detecting it when it was plugged in at all.
I cut the drive open and attempted to re-seat the pins and then reflow the solder using a heat gun on a low setting moving rapidly over the joints. It seemed to work but it's very difficult to tell if all the pins are making good connections with the pads.
Windows now recognizes that a USB device of some type is plugged in, but is giving me a "Device Not Recognized" error. Is it possible that this is due to a poor electrical connection, or is it likely that the controller electronics is somehow damaged as well? At this point I'm thinking of removing the USB connector completely and using jumper wires to ensure that all the pads are connected properly to the respective pins and have continuity Suggestions?