USB Thumb drives and Camera cards are very common. They are compact, convenient and economical. A common misconception is that these forms of storage are considered permanent and this is a big mistake. They often get bent, stepped on or left in a pocket and run through the laundry. Another common mistake is removing these items from your computer without first unmounting the memory device from the computer port. This can result in a static shock which can short out and damage the electrical components. These devices also continuously try to update and error correct bad sectors which can cause the capacity of the unit to suddenly decrease, or due to fault of the controller chip, the device will no longer be recognized. These types of repairs and recoveries generally cost anywhere between $150 and $500.