PC-3000 for HDD. Hitachi IBM-ARM – capacity issue MB (2)

Hello dear friends,

Very often we get a question about “Using donor stored resources” feature for Hitachi IBM-ARM drives. How it can be used?

Let’s take a look one real case with real issue which we’ve faced several times for the recent past.

First off all we have Toshiba DT01ACA050 drive in this case. Not all our customers know that in fact DT01ACA model (and some other Toshiba drives too) are related to Hitachi! And it can be easily determined:

On the label we see HDS721050DLE630 (Also original model you can find in IDNT module). Therefore we should choose 7210DLE6 family to operate with this drive properly. Continue reading

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PC-3000 Flash. Monolith pinout determination guide. Variant 1

Hi all!

Before we will start, a small description:

This article was planned as a short guide for monolith pinout research. The main idea of this article is not to study step-by-step how to search pinout in all possible cases, but to understand the main principle and main idea of this process which is rather complicated and required a lot of experience. In other words – this article is posted “as it is”. We don’t want to say that current example is the best one, and all tools and hints that we are describing would be the best choiсe in the world. Exist a lot of methodics, and we are going to share only one of them.

PC-3000 products are produced for data recovery, but monolith pinout research is additional branch (rather large by the way) which is not contact with our technology directly. It’s the additional market, with it’s own “underwater rocks”, problems and profits. That’s why we provide only overview information, for better understanding and realizing “Do I really want to spend my life for dealing with this pinout research or not?”

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PC-3000 for beginners. How to fix the SA module if we have two damaged copies of it.

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From time to time we get the questions from our customers, especially from the beginners: how to fix the bad modules in Service Area?

Some modules can be fixed using the PC-3000 commands like translator regeneration, for example. But what to do if the drive has the bad sectors in SA, and some important module can not read good? Let’s discuss it in this article.

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PC-3000 Data Extractor. NTFS partition manually expanding

There are a lot of cases which alow to read a user data but it’s to slow or drive has a damaged surface at the start of users area, as result impossible to expand a user partition or it takes a lot of time.

But how to deal with such cases if customer needs his data right here right now or we have a time restriction by drive operation because it proceed to damage the heads/surface…

In this article we will talk about this problem and possible solutions for it.

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PC-3000 for HDD. Seagate F3. How to fix SIM Error 1009 RW Error 00000080 on Sentosa family

Hello Friends,

Some family of Seagate F3 drives has specific issue which you wil not see on other families. One of these issues we would like to show today.

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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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