1. Xavier L's Avatar
    I posted a question in January (without an account) about my Samsung Galaxy S6 not turning on. It was assumed to be my battery, but apparently that's not the case at all.
    I've tried going to different repair shops, and they each gave me a different problem. Such as the display being broken, which was absolute bull.
    The last 3 shops all said that it was a motherboard issue, and that it would require me to buy a new phone. Though the answer was pretty consistent this time around, I still had my doubts. I sent my my phone back to Samsung, and they confirmed it as well, it is indeed my motherboard and it can't be repaired.

    Here's where the question comes in. Isn't there a flashchip of some sorts that carries all the data that's present on that phone? If so, is it possible to take it out and solder it in another Samsung Galaxy S6?

    Thank you for taking your time to read this, and thank you for anwering my question(s) in advance!
    02-19-2019 12:38 AM
  2. hallux's Avatar
    Well, it all comes down to one question - what's the data really worth to you?

    Desoldering the storage on a cell phone logic board (actually TWO of them) and moving it to another is not going to be cheap. You need to find someone with the tools and expertise for this work, then you'll also need the new board to replace the chip on.

    What I would do is take the opportunity to get a newer phone. Then, if the information on the phone is THAT important to you, contract with a data recovery company specializing in cell phones to get the data for you. Sorry, I don't have any suggestions along those lines, I keep my data backed up...
    02-19-2019 05:37 AM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    And, with so many free cloud accounts, always keep all important files backed up.

    As far as finding someone to swap the chip, first, the chip may be gone, so there's nothing on it (and they'd then have to put the original chip back in). Second, just having the 2 chips unsoldered and the good one soldered into the new phone will cost more than the phone did. Phone repair shops don't do chip-level replacement, you'll need a good electronics shop, and they charge (through the nose - since there are so few people who can do that). There may not even be anyone within driving distance of you that can do it. (I used to do things like that, but my eyes and hands aren't up to it any longer. But in all of NYC, there weren't very many people who could. And we're talking about a population of over 7 million people. Even people working for companies that made boards didn't do hand desoldering, there were wave soldering machines 40 years ago. And bad board? It was cheaper to throw them out than to pay someone to resolder them. (Ademco, the alarm company, used to have hundreds of badly soldered boards in their dumpsters all the time. I knew someone who "dumpster-dived", took the boards, resoldered them, and sold them to shops that installed Ademco alarms. He charged a lot less than Ademco did for a board, and he made a very good living doing nothing else. It's a really specialized field, a skill that's almost gone these days.)
    DonovanEdge likes this.
    02-19-2019 04:38 PM

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