PC-3000 for HDD. Western Digital repair. How to Fix a Used Drive and Hide Bad Areas in Defect Lists.

We keep receiving requests about how to restore the drives with bad areas in order to use them in the future. In this article, we are going to review the restoration process of WD Marvell drive which worked in DVR for a long time, got reading issues and was not able to be used for data storage.

Please note that all actions in this article are intended for HDD repair only (NOT FOR DATA RECOVERY).

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How to Correctly Save Data from Time Machine on HFS+ Partition

Time Machine is the standard backup software application in macOS. Time Machine makes hourly backups of the last 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month. It makes backups until the volume runs out of space. Often these backups are stored on a disk with HFS+ file system.

In this article, we will discuss the details of data storage in the Time Machine and how to use it in the data recovery process.

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PC-3000 RAID Edition. Case study: Data Recovery from RAID – As Easy As 1-2-3.

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From time to time we have to work with formatted drives. Most file systems have special rules for data recovery from formatted drives. Sometimes, we work with formatted RAID arrays. For RAID cases, there are different rules for data recovery, but the main principles are still the same.

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PC-3000 Flash. New Low Voltage NAND Chips and How to Read Them

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In 2018 our we received a lot of new NAND chips that were unreadable by the PC-3000 Flash reader of versions 1.0, 2.0 and even 3.0 without extended power supply adapter. Why that is the case, we will explain in today’s article!

As you all know, ONFI NAND chips usually require 3.3V. It’s a standard voltage value, which was used by default on almost all NAND Flash for the last 15 years. Continue reading

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PC-3000 Flash. Compact Flash recovery. SM2236G

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Today we will talk about Silicon Motion SM2236G one of the most popular Compact Flash card controller.

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Data Extractor: How to Merge Tasks

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Have you ever faced the situation when something happens during the drive’s reading proccess and you have to create a new task? In such a case, you will lose everything you’ve read before in Task 1. So, is there any chance to save it?

In this article, we will show you how to transfer the read data from one task to another.

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PC-3000 HDD. A Drive in Disguise

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It’s often easy to get deceived by the manufacturer’s labels on HDDs and choose a wrong utility. In this article we show you some cases and help you to choose the correct utility for Hard Disk Drives.

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PC-3000 Data Extractor RAID Edition. Case Study: RAID5 with 1 Drive Lost

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Today we would like to share a case study on how to deal with RAID5 if one of the drives is lost, and another one has serious scratches on the surface, so we cannot recover any data from it.  Besides, we will show you how to deal with an array if 1 or 2 drives are missed, and there is the LVM2 structure on the array.

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PC-3000 HDD. Seagate F3. How to Write System Files to Non-System Heads.

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We all know how to handle drives with bad modules or system files in the Service Area: fix them by writing good modules in place of bad ones. In the case of Western Digital drives, if the original modules contain physical bad sectors on their bodies, we move SA modules to a new area.

But what can you do to a Seagate F3 drive with a bad important system file Is it possible to move the file to another location? Let’s review that issue in this article.

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PC-3000 Flash. The Importance of having a powerful PC

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As you may already know Flash recovery requires many more hardware resources than data recovery with PC-3000 Express or PC-3000 UDMA Systems. When you have to deal with HDDs, all complex operations are produced by the internal CPU on the drive’s PCB. But if you work with Flash devices, all the operations such as ECC correction, XOR decryption, page, and block splitting are applied within the PC-3000 Flash software.

Today we’re going to run some tests and show you the difference between various PCs configurations. In the end, the importance of having a good and stable PC configuration will become obvious. Also, do not hesitate to read our regularly updated article “The Best PC Configuration for the PC-3000 tools”.

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