This isn't exactly a request for repair instructions, but a request for a good repair place.
So as it would seem, only backing up bulks of files every couple of weeks on a USB Flash drive really stinks when you lose data just a little before your next back-up time.
I lost a few files in my 32GB Sandisk Cruzer during travel. The drive looks fine from the outside, if bent one degree or so, but I can tell that it's definitely physical damage. (After research, it seems that the most common physical problem with the brand is having the connectors break.) The files aren't urgent, but they are important. (Large .PSD files of images that I only have as smaller .PNG files otherwise, for example.)
I researched aimlessly online for a repair place. Everything always seemed too out of reach financially or too risky to be trusted. (Doesn't help that almost no site has pricing up for display online, so it is a time-waster to fill out forms, make calls during business hours, etc.) I'm not sure if I would trust myself to fix the flash drive myself, so my flash drive is just staying put for now. (My budget was originally $100, but I might be able to increase that. I know it isn't a lot, given the average cost of the service.)
Would anyone recommend a good place? I know some places offer to let you ship the device to them, but I'm weary unless I can be sure of some good recommendations. I also live in Southern California (Orange County, specifically), if anyone knows a good place in that location as well.
Thanks for reading!