Flash Storage Data Recovery

Flash memory is far more advanced than the traditional magnetic forms of data storage such as hard disk drives. To get your data back from a NAND flash storage device such as an SSD, smartphone, tablet, or USB flash drive requires a particularly large pool of talent, resources, and expertise. Fortunately, Gillware has all these things in spades, making us your best option when you need files retrieved from a broken or malfunctioning flash device.

Almost every portable data storage device today relies on NAND flash memory to do its job. You can find NAND chips inside your SSD, your phone, your thumb drive, and your memory cards. You can even find a NAND chip augmenting some of your traditional spinning-platter hard drives.

At Gillware Data Recovery, we have flash drive data recovery experts who can assist you with your flash media-related data recovery needs, regardless of what the device is.

“Flash” media stores data quite differently from the way your hard drive does. There are no spinning disks or moving parts that store data magnetically; instead, the data is stored electronically on nonmoving chips of non-volatile RAM.

When you plug a USB flash drive into your computer or boot up a PC that runs on a solid state drive (SSD), what you see on your computer looks the same as what you’d see on a hard disk drive. However, the way NAND flash memory devices store data is very, very different on a fundamental level.

What is Flash Memory?

Flash memory is a form of non-volatile random-access memory, which is a fancy way of saying all the data on the device doesn’t vanish when you take away its supply of power.

Random-access memory, or RAM, has always been much faster than other forms of data storage. It takes the same amount of time to read and write data to and from any area of a RAM chip, but with direct-access memory, including hard disk drives, CDs, and DVDs, the time it takes to read and write data depends on the physical location of the data on the media.

What is NAND?

Most flash memory devices you see today store your data on a NAND memory chip. But what does “NAND” mean?

NAND isn’t an acronym, though it might look like one. NAND actually refers to the Boolean logic operator NOT AND.

What does this have to do with data storage, though?

We digitize data by making it binary; e.g. true vs false or zero vs one, because a circuit can either have sufficient power flowing through it or not. NAND logic is used to set up a particular type of gate in a circuit, and this circuit forms the basis for the most commonly-used forms of flash memory in existence today.

File recovery software can’t always help you recover data from a failed flash device.

Sometimes the only thing that works is a world-class lab with world-class technicians.