PC-3000 for HDD. Western Digital. How to solve a password issue if the password has never been set.

Hello Friends! Recently we have faced a very interesting and unusual issue with Western Digital drives. It has appeared like the device was ATA password protected, but none of the Western Digital utility options couldn’t bypass this protection.

In this article, we will show how to solve such issue in the most efficient and fastest way.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Seagate F3. How to determine the Heads Preamp version

During Seagate F3 drives data recovery process, engineers are often in need of donor heads. So how to find out the one compatible the most? There are different parameters that help to choose the correct donor head for a Head swap procedure. One of them is the Preamplifier version which is not always easy to determine. In today’s article, we are going to talk about 2 methods of doing that.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Western Digital. How to solve the SED problem in RAM

Hello dear friends,

In the past, we have already talked about solving SED problem on WD 2,5″ drives. All of you know that this solution should be applied only if at least one of system heads is able to write, otherwise module 02 may get broken and you might get another trouble on your hands.

Also, you’ve already learned Slow responding solution in RAM where we mentioned the possibility to remove SED checkbox in RAM as well. But in most cases, the HDD won’t give you a chance to start WD Utility at all due to the standard SED error message. Continue reading

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Specific tools for Flash Data Recovery

In previous articles we have already discussed:

Today we publish the final article on the most cost-effective way to equip your lab for recovering data from USB Flash drives, SD, microSD, Memory Sticks (MS), xD, MMC, CF, Voice Reсorders, etc.
Here you will find the recommendations on the optimal solutions that can be useful for data recovery beginners. The final choice depends on your budget – there are a lot of cheap and expensive alternatives to the equipment listed below.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Seagate F3. How to get a full data access on Rosewood family and why you have to make backup

Hello Friends,

Everybody knows, that Seagate F3 Rosewood drives are in many ways different from previous families.

First and foremost these drives come with a Physical Security ID, which guarantees that:

  • An access to encryption key is locked;
  • An access to microcode that works with encryption key is locked;
  • Almost all technological commands are blocked.

PC-3000 users are able to overcome the PSID by applying the solution for SED Seagate F3 drives.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Samsung. HDD initialization with head map changing in RAM.

Hello, friends! One of the most common issues in any HDD is a damage to one of the heads. Due to this reason the drive can not initialize and is unable to provide an access to Service and User Areas. In this article we show you what to do if one of heads is bad in Samsung drive and how to overcome this issue to get the data.
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Specific tools for HDD data recovery

In previous articles we have already discussed:

Now let’s talk about specific tools for HDD Data Recovery.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Seagate F3. Manual Translator recovery procedure. Track Defects.

As you may know, Seagate F3 drives use different Defect-lists to hide defected sectors. These are single defect records and track-defect records.

On how to hide single defects you can read in this article. In the current article, we will talk about Track defects. 

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PC-3000 Flash. Intelligent ReRead Mode

Hey guys!

As you may well know a new version of PC-3000 Flash 7.1.1 is available in personal update boxes for all customers with active Technical Support service.

In this article, we would like to tell you more about a new Intelligent ReRead Mode which has made its appearance in the recent update.

Attention! This feature works only with the PC-3000 Flash 4.0 and the PC-3000 Flash 3.0 (external power control adapter is required for the PC-3000 Flash 3.0)

Before you proceed  to work with a flash case, you have to make 3 basic steps:

  • Read NAND Chip;
  • Launch ECC correction;
  • ReRead bad sectors that were not fixed by ECC.

These steps are necessary because a high rate of bit errors may have a bad influence on user data and make data recovery impossible. The detailed procedure is described in our articles “PC-3000 Flash. Methods of data correction”. You can find them here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.
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PC-3000 HDD. Western Digital. Step-by-step guide on how to decrypt hardware encrypted data.

Hello, friends! At ACE Lab support we get a lot of questions concerning the decryption of Western Digital drives. A typical ticket looks like this:  USB WD drive, changed the connection type to SATA  as per this article, can’t see  see any  data in the Data Extractor…

In this article we will show how to decrypt the data in the Marvell utility, how to create a new task and how to access a data  in the Data Extractor. Though, for experienced users this article is not obligatory.

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