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 ACE Lab announced a new Spider Board adapter for convenient monolith reading. In this article we are going to describe the main features of this adapter and show example of MicroSD reading.

PC-3000 Flash Spider Board Adapter is a universal solution for safe monolith recovery without tedious soldering! Using it you don’t need specific adapters to each monolith you deal with.

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

Watch the video below to have a complete overview of Spider Board adapter and example of MicroSD reading process:

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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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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.

Hello Friends!

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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