NOTE: The majority of full size flash drives are conventional and do not incur the extra charge. If you are not sure you can send us a photo of your device.
At Blizzard Data Recovery, we try to make it affordable to get your data back. We offer low recovery pricing for conventional USB flash drives. That said, more and more manufacturers are starting to switch from traditional controller + NAND type devices to monolithic devices. Monolith devices require invasive work that is time consuming and there are sometimes challenges to reconstruct the data. For that reason we have to charge an additional $200 per device for these all-in-one type USB flash drives.
In Figure A you can see two SanDisk Ultra USB devices. The one on the left is a conventional device and the other is a monolith, but they are nearly indistinguishable at a glance. Click the picture to enlarge and see the difference. For full size devices, you can often tell a monolith by looking straight into the front of the USB connector and looking for a metal lip across the bottom. The monolith version of these SanDisk Ultras have been seen coming from Amazon and Walmart as of 2018-06-04.
Figure B depicts a very common USB device from PNY. You can tell it is a monolith from the metal bar at the bottom that retains the chip. There are no parts inside the plastic housing; it’s just one small “chip” inside the metal connector.
Figure C shows examples of some short monolithic USB devices that are not conventional and would also be charged an additional $200 over our standard flash drive recovery rates.
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