This is what your Micro SD card looks like under the surface. If we cannot obtain access to your data via the usual interface (the long contacts at the front) then we will have to remove the covering that protects the internal workings of the Memory Card. The layout or ‘pin-out’ configuration of these Micro SD Cards is varied and sometimes it’s very difficult and time consuming to work these out for the many new memory chips flooding the market at present. The Micro SD Card in the photo has what we know as a Type 4 Micro SD Layout, and is pretty common. Now, I hear you ask, how do you access the data once you have exposed the card like this? Well, we need to individually solder extremely fine wires to each of the exposed pins and then connect those wires to a data reader that uses a custom made interface. This will allow for the switching of various key pins and also allow the adjustment of the voltages used to power the Micro SD Card whilst attempting to read it. Generally, when these Micro SD cards require this type of ‘extreme’ recovery, they are received by ourselves completely dead, and unfortunately whilst an awful lot of time and effort goes into the attempt, recovery is not always guaranteed.