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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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 are pretty good in all respects, starting from the screen and aluminium case, and ending with the quality and speed of hardware part.


But as you all know, PC-3000 does not support MAC OS system, and if you want to use our professional tools for Data Recovery, you will need to use only Windows NT family of Operation Systems:

  • Windows XP (32/64 bit)
  • Windows Vista (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 8 (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 8.1 (32/64 bit)
  • Windows 10 (32/64 bit)

But as we said before, it’s really inconvenient for some of our customers, and instead of using PC-3000 on their MacBooks, they should buy another laptop based on Windows only for PC-3000 installation.

Of course, everyone can use Apple BootCamp to create a new partition on internal Macbook drive, but we can say that it’s not a good idea. First of all, there’s a free space problem. The most typical models of Apple laptops have limited space on their internal SSD – like 128-512GB. And after Windows installation, usually you have only a couple of gigabytes for the task creation, which is definitely not enough for a normal working process.

In this article we are going to describe another way, how you can make your MacBook to be compatible with PC-3000 products! Ready? Here we go!

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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 article we  review the situation when we need to get the Service Area access to edit the HDD ID, do a backup of SA and possibly make the data readable by good heads.

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PC-3000 HDD. Nontypical HDD recovery. iPod Video

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 released in October of 2005.

Here we go…

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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 the example, which is an HDD repair and data recovery system produced by ACE Lab. Although quite sophisticated and powerful, this tool now allows to perform a lot of essential tasks in automated mode using simplified easy mode interface. The same actions are applicable to PC-3000 Express and PC-3000 Portable.
Let’s take Seagate ST2000DM001 drive as an example.

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PC-3000 Flash. Monolith pinout determination guide

This familiarization article doesn’t contain nuances of technical procedure and can’t cover ends and outs of pinout determination. So if you don’t have practice in monolith soldering then we advise to play for safety and don’t start it. This process is very difficult for newcomers without practice in soldering or in working with digital analyser.

This guidance is about how to determine pinout using cheap analyser. In this case we use Hanteck LA5034  with 34 channels and 64 Kbit memory depth. This memory is very small but is enough for our task if apply rigour to process.


The following things are required for this procedure:

  1. A logical analyser;
  2. A healthy monolith connected to logical analyser on one side and a test monolith connected via a card-reader or USB depending on the type of monolith on the other;
  3. ONFI specification

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PC-3000 Flash. Image building with Block Number

Nowadays exist a lot of different controllers which are using different types of markes in SA for sorting all blocks together. As everybody knows, sometimes we can use information about marker and build image with full folder structure if we will sort all blocks together, using information about order of blocks.

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A look back on RAID Recovery training sessions in the new ACE Lab training class

The data recovery training class has been occupied since the first day ACE Lab opened the doors of the new office in Prague. Ten training sessions have been held so far, and more to come. As it is the biggest vendor-provided data recovery training venue, 12 people can learn cutting-edge technologies at the same time. The facility is a perfect venue for all types of data recovery training, covering HDD, RAID, SSD, NAND Flash, Monolith, Mobile, Chip-off training sessions, etc.

Over 25 people took part in the RAID Data Recovery Advanced Training sessions during one week between Nov 16-23, which were held right after the Grand Opening. Here’s a sneak peek at how it all looked and the impressions some of the trainees shared:


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PC-3000 for HDD. Seagate F3. How to fix Init SMART Fail error

Hi Friends!

How are you today?

As you know SMART is very useful thing. It provides detailed infomation about Hard Drive. However SMART is broken too.


Do you see this error?

Init SMART Fail
LED:000000CC FAddr:xxxxxxxx

If yes then welcome under the cut 🙂

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