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 Post subject: FC117
PostPosted: January 20th, 2019, 6:01 
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Hello,
I am using FC117 controller as the USB Storage Drive. Unfortunately, it doesn't work anymore. When I plugged the usb drive on my windows PC, the disk manager displays the drive letter but "No media" instead. I don't know how to retrieve my data. The controller seems to be active since there is the red led on.
Thank you very much for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 20th, 2019, 6:44 
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Memory is degraded, no DIY possible.

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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 9:55 
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@pcimage; Thank you for your reply.
So I am sad for unable to retrieve my data by DIY. The device seems very fragile then.
Since I am living in Paris, could you recommend someone (society) who can help me?
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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 11:58 
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This controller is usually used in crappy Chinese-made devices, often in conjunction with crappy reject/refurbished memory.

Sorry, I don't know personally anyone in France but you can easily send it to UK!

Firstly though, post a photo of the other side showing the memory chip.

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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 12:03 
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for such a case, pcimage is your man.

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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 13:32 
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Thank you all.
Yes indeed, it's my fault, even though I bought the device on eBay. In its description, it is an external drive USB 3.0, I wondered it was a 2.5 HDD. Anyway, I can only blame myself.
Here is the other side of the memory chip.
I note the letters
front side: FC1179 AA3 K99P
back side: PFH17 SG <nl>1836. In the corner KT44.
Based on @lcoughey's answer, I will connect to pcimage site. Do you happen to know roughly the price to retrieve the data?
Thank you very much.
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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 21st, 2019, 16:07 
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I haven’t personally come across this exact controller, though I suspect it’s a re-badged CBM (Chipsbank) device.

That coupled with likely refurbished memory is likely to be very tricky to recover from.

Please PM or Skype me (pcimage212) :-)

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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 22nd, 2019, 11:55 
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Dear pcimage212, thank you very much for your reply. But I give up because it seems rather expensive to retrieve the data (I have browsed the various blogs).
Best regards,


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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 22nd, 2019, 15:56 
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Tri Hue wrote:
Dear pcimage212, thank you very much for your reply. But I give up because it seems rather expensive to retrieve the data (I have browsed the various blogs).
Best regards,


No problem!

But what do YOU call “rather expensive”?

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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 22nd, 2019, 17:54 
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Tri Hue wrote:
Dear pcimage212, thank you very much for your reply. But I give up because it seems rather expensive to retrieve the data (I have browsed the various blogs).
Best regards,

Wow! You data must not be worth very much, if it isn't worth PCImage pricing.

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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 22nd, 2019, 19:14 
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For some reason, even $100 is too much for many Flash customers.

This one I think is likely a Silicon motion based IP controller, and may have support in the tools already. later they used alcor, but I think SM would be it.


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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 23rd, 2019, 3:49 
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HaQue wrote:
For some reason, even $100 is too much for many Flash customers.

This one I think is likely a Silicon motion based IP controller, and may have support in the tools already. later they used alcor, but I think SM would be it.


Yes, this is true.

They usually don’t understand how difficult some flash recovery is, or more to the point VERY time-consuming. Especially with “modern” poor quality or old refurbished memory :-(

I still expect this is a CBM controller, but stand to be corrected....

http://www.flash-extractor.com/library/ ... 14_a7__1x1

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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 23rd, 2019, 4:42 
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Hello,
Thank you all for your comments.
@pcimage, "They usually don’t understand how difficult some flash recovery is, or more to the point VERY time-consuming. Especially with “modern” poor quality or old refurbished memory" I understand very much what wrote, it is complex and time consuming task. It is only an economic balance between the price paid (~100 $) and the personal lost data.
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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 23rd, 2019, 7:28 
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Tend to agree pcimage, looking at the discreets… similar to your link and another.

Strange after a bit of a search, I cannot find that "F" logo anywhere on the net. I always thought FC controllers were tied up with Lexar, but none of the other FC controllers bear that logo.

would be interesting to see the dump on this one.

interesting also, I didn't know Lexar was bought from Micron:

Wikipedia wrote:

On June 26, 2017, Micron, the parent company of Lexar, announced it will be discontinuing the Lexar retail removable media storage business and part or all of the business is for sale.

On August 31, 2017, the Lexar branding and trademark rights were acquired by Longsys, a Shenzen, China-based flash memory company.

In 2018, Lexar re-entered the flash storage market.

In January 2019, the company unveiled the first SD card with a storage capacity of 1 terabyte (TB).


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 Post subject: Re: FC117
PostPosted: January 24th, 2019, 13:13 
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@OP... you have PM

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