mp3 flash recovery


[Bart] sent in his efforts to recover the flash data on a mysterious mp3 player he found laying about. He successfully built an interface using a AVR/ATmega setup to get access to the data. This could be a viable way to recover data from broken thumbdrives – but it’s probably easier to swap the flash chip onto another drive. The Chipquik stuff sounds interesting – cold SMD chip desoldering. Given the cost, I’m not sure just how cost effective it is compared to buying a rework station.

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10 thoughts on “mp3 flash recovery

  1. It depends. There are really cheap chinese hot air stations for about $150 which are good for desoldering TSOP and QFP, and even BGA if you dare. Yes, they don’t offer what $3000+ IR stations devices offer, but often it’s exactly what you need.

    For TSOP i still prefer tweezers, but i know they are not soo cheap. But definitely worthy.

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