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PC-3000 SAS. HGST. How to find the problem of a bad head

Hello Friends. Recently we have faced the issue with one HGST SAS drive, which started with almost full ID, but no capacity in ID and no LBA access. In this short article we briefly review how to find what is … Continue reading

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PC-3000 Flash. How to determine a controller chip

There are Flash cases with a controller chip hidden by compound or erased text on it or the case is based on internal controller chip. Such cases with Noname or hidden controller might be: USB Flash drives, SD and microSD … Continue reading

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What is the difference between physical and logical sectors and why some sector is read via PC-3000 utility but not read via DE ?

Some of our users don’t understand what this confirmation screen means when starting a task in Data Extractor or even can make false conclusions. Specially for them we wrote this article 🙂

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How to read ROM via programmer device

Sometimes you can’t read ROM via PC3000 due to PCB damage. In some situation you need to unsolder the chip and use programmer device to read ROM content. In this tutorial we will show how to do it.

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Recover Data in 3 Clicks with the New PC-3000 Easy Mode

Forget the times of manually testing every drive through endless clicks and menus. If you deal with drive unlocking and data imaging for data recovery or forensic purposes daily, you’ll like what we’ve done. Among other enhancements of the recent … Continue reading

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PC-3000 on Macbook. A “small” guide how to make your own Apple-based portable workstation

A lot of ACE Lab customers from Europe and North America region ask us about possibility to install PC-3000 Flash or PC-3000 Portable on their MAC computers. These laptops provide good performance, they are quite light-weight, and finally – they … Continue reading

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PC-3000 for HDD. Seagate F3. Practical cases. How to get the Service Area access if one of non-system heads is damaged.

Hello Friends! Sometimes we get the Seagate F3 drives which are clicking and don’t read the Service Area at all initially. It can be because of bad head(s), damaged/not original  PCB and ROM, and bad Service Area modules. In this … Continue reading

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PC-3000 HDD. Nontypical HDD recovery

There are lot of nontypical devices like media stations, different recorders, cameras, audio players, etc which are based on nontypical drives. Here is a real case of hard drive (!!!) from iPod Video 30 Gb. Such players (5th generation) was … Continue reading

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Step-by-step guide how to unlock a password on the HDD via easy mode interface of PC-3000

This tutorial demonstrates the steps to unlock ATA password using easy mode PC-3000 interface. PC-3000 has techno utilities for each HDD manufacturer which allow to unlock master and user passwords without knowing them. The red PC-3000 UDMA is used in … Continue reading

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