I did it. I did what the Best Buy “Geek Squad” said was impossible. My sister Kate had all of her graduate work on a usb thumb drive. The drive went bad and she lost everything. She didn’t want to bother us at first so she asked the Geek Squad. They said it couldn’t be done.
I got a good portion recovered. So I say to the over priced and under experienced Geek Squad “stick that in your pipe and smoke it”. Score one for the little guy.