Running PC-3000 at Linux host via VirtualBox


Some customers are asking us is it possible to run PC-3000 under Linux.  We decided to make some testing and answer on this question.

For the lazy and busy: yes, it’s possible. But performance will be 4-5 times less. If you’d like to know why – you are welcome to read further.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Seagate F3. “MCMTFileHandler: EXCEPTION: Failed MCMT read request” error and how to fix it.

Hello Friends! Recently we’ve got a case where we saw the next message in utility terminal tab after drive’s power on:

MCMTFileHandler: EXCEPTION: Failed MCMT read request

We see such cases pretty often here in support, so let’s see what can be done to bypass this error and get the full drive’s ID and user data access.

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PC-3000 Data Extractor. Data shift happens

This article is not about a cooperative platformer, even not about popular racing video game. It’s about shifted data and method for fixing it in PC-3000 Data Extractor utility.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Seagate F3. How to Stop Worrying and Set Max LBA

This article provides a simple method for disk original size making and the analysis of hidden sectors, those LBAs undetected or improperly detected by PC-3000 or another software.

The difference between “models” sectors (shown in Drive ID) and “the real world” sectors (from ones you can get data) lies largery in hidden part of user area.

This hidden areas can be used by drive or reserved for defect lists. But this sectors can be created by decreasing of Max LBA.

This article proposes a quick approach to detect and uncover those sectors.

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PC-3000 HDD. Nontypical HDD recovery. Playstation 3 Slim

Sony Playstation 3 was a revolutionary console system, which became one of the first playing systems perfect not only for games, but also for storing and viewing digital media content. Lucky for powerful CPU IBM CELL and BlueRay drive, PS3 became one of the most popular gaming systems.

A huge number of owners use Playstation 3 as a universal media system – GeForce-based video chip inside PS3 allows to make a render of FullHD video and pictures. As we know, FullHD resolution is the most popular nowadays, so Playstation 3 is very up-to-date even nowadays!

But when we speak about Playstation 3 content which is stored on internal HDD, we shouldn’t forget about full hardware encryption. So, if something happens to PS3 Hard Drive, data recovery from it might be pretty complicated.

In this article we will show how to recover data from internal PC3 HDD, and how to bypass encryption on it.

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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 the problem in this current case.

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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 digital cards.

So, there are a tricks for working with such cases.

What to do? – let’s discuss in this article.

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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

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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 update, ACE Lab team created an easy-to-use streamlined interface for PC-3000 and Data Extractor to simplify drive testing and imaging. This makes the job much easier and better organized for:

  • Data recovery learners
  • Digital forensic experts
  • HDD repair technicians

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