• Week 2017-0827 In The Lab

    by Sep 04, 2017

    This past week in the data recovery lab we repaired an average number of USB flash drives. Some examples include a 4GB Sandisk, 16GB Lexar, and 16GB Emtec but the main one I want to talk about was an Ativa 8GB device. The NAND chip on this Ativa brand flash device is a model that’s […]

  • ST2000DM001 – Once Again We Beat DriveSavers

    by Aug 22, 2017

    At Blizzard we continue to prove that we can save customers some serious money. This past week we received two Seagate ST2000DM001 hard drives from a QNAP NAS box. The drives were configured RAID-1 which means they were a mirrored pair.  When working properly both drives are a mirror image of each other so they […]

  • Week 2017-0730 in the Lab

    by Aug 06, 2017

    Here is a random look at some data recovery cases from the week of July 30th 2017. At Blizzard we always try to perform a temporary repair on USB flash devices before we resort to chip-off recovery. We replace the connectors, check under a microscope for cracked solder joints, lifted TSOP48 pins, blown littelfuse or […]

  • New t̶o̶y̶s̶ Tools From HDD Surgery

    by Jun 23, 2017

    Some new t̶o̶y̶s̶ tools arrived on June 15th. We added the Seagate 3.5″ head tools to our existing tool set but we also got our hands on two new offerings from HDD Surgery. With the arrival of the Western Digital 2.5″ and the Seagate 2.5″ slim models some new challenges also arrived. How do we […]

  • Data Recovery Tool Upgrade – DFL SRP

    by Jun 16, 2017

    This week we upgraded one of our data recovery tools. Hardware based recovery tools make a big difference in DR work, many times it’s the difference between recovering data and failure. The tools aren’t cheap which is one reason there isn’t a DR shop on every corner. They also require training, experience, and updates for […]

  • WD40EZRZ 4.0TB Hard Drive Head Swap

    by Jun 15, 2017

    We recently had a case where a 4.0TB Western Digital hard drive had been dropped. When a hard drive is dropped, the read/write heads are typically damaged and need to be replaced. In the best cases, there is no platter damage, but on average there is some damage, even if it’s just to the edge […]

  • SM3257EN 4GB USB Flash Recovery

    by May 14, 2017

    This is an example of a recent recovery we did at Blizzard Data Recovery. In this case the USB flash drive had been broken in half. Some cases are just a matter of replacing the broken connector, testing for shorts or open circuits, and then recovering the data. Although that doesn’t sound too difficult we […]

  • Platter Swap Tools and Stand

    by Apr 18, 2017

    We recently added to our long list of HDD repair tools and were pleasantly surprised at the quality and value of these new tools. The platter removal tools and platter stand from HDD Head Tools (DFL) support both 2.5″ and 3.5″ hard drives. The platter removal tools (1 x 2.5″ and 1 x 3.5″ tool) […]

  • Replace Old Flash Drives – For Free

    by Apr 04, 2017

    SORRY! This offer has ended. If you have an old 2GB, 4GB, or even an 8GB USB flash drive, you can trade it in for a brand new 8GB flash drive. Just stop in at Blizzard Data Recovery. Do you have a 16GB USB disk and want two 8GB devices in trade? No problem, as […]