Our data recovery lab received an interesting case recently. On the surface, it looked like just an ordinary USB flash drive that had had its plug snapped off—the single most common form of data loss in USB flash drives. But upon removing the casing, our engineers discovered something truly bizarre.
Although many USB flash drives use monolithic chips today, the go-to for cheaper models is still the old standby of a NAND memory chip and a controller chip soldered to a simple green circuit board. This familiar sight is what greeted our engineers as they dug into this case.