PC-3000 for HDD. Western Digital. Module 31 (translator) restoration if SA is full of BADs.

Hello Friends! All of us facing the problem during the work with Western Digital drives, when some of the important modules are damaged, and system heads can write, but the Service Area is full of bad sectors and it’s impossible to change the location of bad module because of that.

In this short article we will see how to fix module 31 using the Dir Editor in PC-3000 Marvell utility even if we can’t move the translator to another place in SA.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Hitachi ELSIL HCC drives unlocking

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Many of you have encountered Hitachi HCCxxxx locked drives which were previously used in DVR. Those HDDs have different label with Elsil logo which is pasted above original Hitachi. If you connect such drive to PC it won’t be recognised via standart device manager…

Now we want to consider one of such examples and explain how to return it to normal conditions.

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PC-3000 SSD. Phison Utility

Starting from PC-3000 6.3x and PC-3000 SSD 2.4.4, it’s become possible to work with Phison-based drives.

Right now the list of supported models includes the following cpu modifications:

  • Phison PS3105 (all modifications and all models);
  • Phison PS3108 (all modifications and all models);
  • Phison PS3109 (all modifications and all models);

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PC-3000 HDD. Seagate F3 arch. Manually Translator recovery procedure

A lot of times PC-3000 owners asked us about sharing step-by-step guide.

One of the often problems on Seagate F3 architecture drives is a Translator problem.
Usually we try to regenerate Translator automatically (by Translator regeneration and Recovery translator procedures).
Basically case can be solved successfully and get an access to whole user area, but sometimes utility can’t hide a defects in to NRG-list properly as result we have a particualar access to the user area (from LBA0 till someone in the middle).

In this article we would like to describe how to hide defects manually, regenerate a translator and get an access to whole user area.

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PC-3000 Flash Spider Board adapter. How to use it?

During the Prague monolith meetup in March 2017 ACELab announced a new Spider Board adapter for convenient monolith reading. In this article we are going to describe the main features of this adapter, show example of MicroSD reading and describe a few things about pitfalls that could be appeared during monolith reading.

PC-3000 Flash Spider Board is an adapter designed for connection to internal contacts of NAND-based Flash drives manufactured as single-package chips (monoliths). The adapter consists of 25 universal contacts, which support software configuration of their association with NAND interface signals in a corresponding task. The adapter is supported only by PC-3000 Flash Reader 4.0.

Complete overview of Spider Board adapter and example of MicroSD reading process you can watch in the video below:


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PC-3000 Data Extractor. Rebuilding NFTS partition with lost boot

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You know that we are living in the world where PCs can be infected with malware. The best-known example is WannaCry which infected many computers in different countries of the world. However, there are many other malware worms which execute on a system and target computer running.

Usually, malware exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows operation system where the NTFS file system is used in most cases. So we would like to give couple examples how Data Extractor can recover NTFS partition which was a target of malware attack.

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PC-3000 for HDD. How to handle “VSC ERR INV FUNC CODE REQ” error in 2,5″ WD drives.

Hello Friends! We all know that new Western Digital 2,5″ drives have some differences in their FW, so the common solutions don’t work for these drives.  In this article we will learn how to bypass the error when the drive can’t read it’s own Service Area due to a special SED issue.

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PC-3000 for HDD. PC-3000 Express Rev 2.0 Main Features

Starting from 2017 ACE Lab began to produce the new revision of PC-3000 Express with some enhancements and new power supply adapter.

The main reason why the new ports have been added is that power supply blocks in today’s PCs either don’t use old 4-pin PATA Power anymore or they use only one branch with 2-3 connectors. Our engineers have decided to change it to the new POWER SATA ports for more convenient connection to power supply blocks in modern PC configurations.

Another thing that has been changed – is a new bridge chip 88SA8052-64 QFN Serial ATA 3.0 GB/s with improved power scheme. With a few hardware and software improvements, the speed and stability of SATA ports are increased.

What’s new about it? Of course, the first thing that will catch the eye is new POWER SATA ports for providing power supply to the PC-3000 Express.

 

But the main feature was a surprise for our customers who had bought the new revision of the PC-3000 Express! Please read further to learn about it.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Seagate drive of classical architecture and common issue

Seagate is now the largest manufacturer of hard disk drives. So there are many families associated with Seagate.

Some users select falimy randomly and get following output in the terminal:

We will explain how to overcome this problem using PC-3000.

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PC-3000 DE. Overview of PC-3000 Data Extractor reports

Sometimes data recovery engineer need to prepare a report for customer. We are going to overview what kind of reports can be provided by PC-3000.

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