I think my USB flash drive is dead... I've put it into many computers and nothing even comes up (it doesn't even light up on the actual stick). Is there some way I can retrieve all my data so I can save it to my desktop and get another USB to save it on? Please give me some good news!!
Plug in the flash drive. Slowly and somewhat gently move it side to side. Listen for the ding dong of windows picking up the drive.
There are some prongs that are soldered onto a chip inside the flash drive. It's what provides the connection from the chip to the metal tip. Often, those soldered prongs break loose of the chip. You can plug in the drive, and hold those prongs down to make a connection. Once windows picks up the drive, copy off everything that's on it.