What’s Inside It? USB Flash Drive

I got this little flash drive as a gift on our yearly gift giving tradition. Too bad it gone bad after I have used it for over a year now. So I decided to crack it open.

The flash drive has no screws and once you opened it, there’s no way of putting them back together again.



Unknown (CDR King 1G Flash Drive)


Green Color

Mini Size

1G Bytes

The USB flash drive is powered by UT163 controller from USBest. It is running on 12Mhz Crystal with very few supplementary components.

USBest 12Mhz


The flash is located at the back and fits perfectly for the small enclosure.

KA04-072E-3000 Disected


The USB flash drive has very few components and compost mainly of resistors and capacitors (probably for the controller housekeeping). A green LED is provided to indicate controller’s activity.

After opening it I quickly noticed the burned (and bloated) section on the controller that rendered my flash drive useless. It is no longer repairable but I was hoping data could be recovered if flash will be transferred to another good flash drive.


~ by glutnix_neo on September 22, 2009.

2 Responses to “What’s Inside It? USB Flash Drive”

  1. Each and every time I stumble upon an incredibly great short article

  2. This is so cool! I work with flash drives every day, so I like knowing what’s happening inside the case.

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