Soldering Broken USB SD Drive

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Justin Waters, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Justin Waters

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jul 8, 2014
    So a friend walked in front of their desktop which their SD Card was plugged into to. The USB Connection was completely severed. I'm worried because one of the connections is ripped further into the board.

    I'm about to solder the connector back on but I want to get a second opinion on if this is still repairable.

  2. Dodgydave

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 22, 2012
    As long as the tracks are intact with the socket, looks ok to me.
  3. Metalmann

    Active Member

    Dec 8, 2012
    Agree with Dave, but two of them look pretty bad.........;)
  4. takao21203

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 28, 2012
    the trace is missing, a resistor is missing.

    Card readers cost a few $, why do you want to repair it?
  5. MrChips


    Oct 2, 2009
    Because he has four years thesis work on it.
  6. Justin Waters

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jul 8, 2014
    I'm trying to recover the pictures that are on it.

    I hope it is possible!

    I think takao is right about stuff missing on the top part!
  7. takao21203

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 28, 2012
    There are mini USB breakout board, you can solder wires to the holes on the breakout PCB.

    on ebay, I have some here actually.

    For the resistor, you can try for instance 4.7 K Ohm, it can not do much damage.
  8. davebee

    Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Is that a flash drive or an SD card reader? If it's a card reader, why can't you access the pictures using another reader?

    I was able to successfully resolder a usb connector onto a flash drive once. The connector on my busted flash drive was just bent, not fully broken off, so I only had to reattach two of the pins. It worked fine, though.

    So I'd say go for it. What do you have to lose?
  9. mcgyvr

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 15, 2009
    at the very least it looks like the pad above R6 is missing.. But one should easily be able to see where it was connected to and use a jumper wire to replace the missing pad and connect to where it needs to go.

    Its just 4 pins.. no need to do anything with the obround holes.. They are just for the shield.. Just repair it..pull of the data then throw it in the trash.