Changes in blog.acelaboratory.com authorization!

Dear PC-3000 Owners!

We launched our ACE Lab Blog  over a year ago, and now we have a huge number of articles with helpful data recovery tips and detailed description of different issues that a data recovery engineer may face.

Many of you agree that the ACE Lab Blog contains exceptionally valuable information for the PC-3000 users.

Supporting the PC-3000 Owners in mastering the best data recovery techniques, we make our Blog open only for the official PC-3000 Owners.

Starting from the 6th of July, 2016, only the official PC-3000 Owners can get access to all the information in our Blog. The Blog becomes partially closed for non-registered users.

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List of supported HDDs

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Below is the fresh list of supported hard drives:

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PC-3000 for HDD. Removing password for Samsung drives

Hey all,

We have this problem when customers try to ‘crack’ Samsung drive and get access to data without user password. Pay attention that this procedure works for cases where the drive is protected by USER password. If any drive is protected by MASTER password and you don’t know it then you can format data not recover it.

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PC-3000 Data Extractor. Windows Bitlocker, Apple FileVault, TrueCrypt

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As you know where are a different software that allow to encrypt users area.

Our developers proceed to research a ways for decrypt drives encrypted by software methods.

PC-3000 version 6.2.x allow to work with such encrypted drives and decrypt by special option in Data Extractor tool.

How to do it? – Welcome to this article!

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PC-3000 SSD. Silicon Motion (SM) Utility

In this article we will speak about data recovery from SSD drives based on Silicon Motion SM controllers. This types of CPU are very popular and usually they are using in a wide number of different value and low-level solid state drives.

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At this moment exist several modifications of SM controllers which you can find in inside of common value models of SSD:

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  • SM2246 Family (this controller is usually working in pair with MLC NAND chips);
  • SM2256 Family (this controller is usually working in pair with TLC NAND chips);

Basically there is no difference between them when you are using Active Utilities for data recovery, and the steps of drive initialization would be always the same. Also, the list of officially supported drive is the following:

  • Sandisk SSD Plus;
  • Crucial BX100;
  • Plextor M6V;
  • Radeon R3;
  • PNY CS1111;
  • ADATA SP550;

If your drive is also based on SM controller, but it is not in the list of supported models, please contact our TS Department – we will try to help you!

 

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Module 03 restoration on WD DragFly4 as an example.

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Hello Friends! Sometimes we meet the drives with damaged module 03. If we look at this module in modules table, we can see the description:
0003 Format Select Data Module, and it’s priority is As: unique for each HDD and critical for data access.

From Marvell manual we know:

 This module is present in some drives only. It was introduced in the Zeus drive family.
Before that the zone allocation table was built in the firmware and remained permanent
for each specific firmware version. Now that the recording density depends upon the quality of magnetic heads installed in each individual drive, practically every HDD has its own zone allocation table.
   If the original table and the table recorded in service area do not match, a drive will either freeze during start or it will be unable to read the user data. If the module gets lost, restoring it or picking from another drive does not seem possible.

So what to do if module 03 is damaged by all SA copies?
As you know, we added the automatic restoration of module 03 in PC-3000 v6.2.
Let’s see the possibility of restoration using DragFly4 drive as an example.

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PC-3000 Data Extractor. RAID Edition. How to extract data from RAID 10 in Data Extractor

Hi,

I would like today give you some brief description of real case where we recovered data from RAID 10 with LVM. I will provide corner stone of this process and pay attention to small tricks with RAID Edition.

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How to hide BAD sectors at Seagate F3 drives

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Below is the step-by-step guide how to hide BAD sectors at Seagate F3 drives – most typical task when repair BAD hard drives.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Samsung HDD. How to work with BURN

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In the previous article regarding BURN resources we are talked about general things and what a types of BURN resources we can upload to Samsung HDDs.

In this article we will talk about a real Samsung case which is require a BURN resources uploading.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Samsung. Full Hot-Swap for data access.

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In previous article we have seen the method of Simple Hot-Swap for Service Area access in a case when we need to get an access to modules.

Let’s see now how to get an access to data using the modules we have already saved, and a good working donor drive.

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PC-3000 HDD. Samsung. Simple Hot-Swap for Service Area access.

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Hello Friends! Sometimes during the work with Samsung drives we may need an access to Service Area to check if all modules are good, and make a backup, for Full Hot-Swap, for example. One of ways of Service Area reaching is a Simple Hot-Swap. We briefly describe the procedure in this article.

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