It is probably either the electronics or the connector that has died, so
Originally Posted by zelma
Is there anyway of taking it apart and put the data strip into a new case?
will just put the dead part in a new case (if you can find one exactly the same - otherwise it probably won't fit).
If it is the connector that is physically damaged you may just be able to get it working again long enough to copy the data off to your computer and on to a new USB drive.