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  1. ruebyy

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    Hello. Recently my 5x was badly damaged. All of the outer components of my phone were destroyed and all i'm left with are the internal pieces. I bought a replacement phone but have some things on the older device that im unable to reproduce.

    My question is if i take the mother board of my broken device and replace it inside of the new device, what all data (app data, photos etc) would be lost or carried over if anything at all? Would it be like getting a new phone or picking up where i left off with the broken device?

    Alternatively could i possibly recover data by simply swapping the memory chips on the divices without changing the whole MB assembly?

    Just looking for the best way to recover potentially lost data.
     

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  2. SiempreTuna

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    All data would be stored on the flash memory chip that I imagine is part of - i.e. which I'm guessing means soldered onto - the motherboard. Note that this is different from the ROM memory chip that is used for volatile/non-persistent storage - i.e. the 4GB (ROM) memory as opposed to the 32GB (flash) file storage.

    In theory, that should mean that putting the motherboard from the old phone into the new chassis would mean you get all the data.

    I definitely wouldn't want to try it though - far too risky for a clumsy oaf like myself.

    If you have all of the old phone insides, is there no way to start this up and remove any data via USB?
     
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    Recover data from flash-chips on a trashed logic-board, is probably let the professionals do it. Something like Drive Savers.
    https://www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com/

    Unless you know how to de-solder, connect and read ball grid array(BGA) chips?
     
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    The memory chip is soldered to the board, no sockets. For a visual, look at step 10, the chip highlighted in orange:
    https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nexus+5X+Teardown/51318
     
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