• Portable WD SMR Drive – Data Recovery

    by Oct 06, 2020

    Most modern portable hard disk drives use relatively new technology, first implemented in the early 2010s, called shingled magnetic recording (SMR) to write data to the platters. SMR can achieve higher areal density than the older method of perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR, sometimes referred to as conventional magnetic recording or CMR) which simply means more […]

  • Convert a Lexar Flash PCB (SM3267L-AB) to Two Chips

    by Jul 21, 2020

    We recently completed data recovery for a customer with a 32GB Lexar Jump Drive which had taken an impact while plugged into a USB port, and, as is the case with many of these Lexar flash drives, the impact flexed the circuit board enough to lift the controller (Silicon Motion SM3267L AB) and tear solder […]

  • Platter Swap – Clean Room Data Recovery

    by Dec 08, 2019

    It’s a common misconception that a large percentage of hard drive data recovery cases involve removing platters. The truth is platter swapping is only necessary in a low percentage of recovery cases for most data recovery labs. For mechanical failures, the most common reason for in-lab recovery service is removal and inspection of the read/write […]

  • Broken Flash Drive Data Recovery

    by Aug 22, 2019

    There are all kinds of ways to accidentally break a USB drive – accidents happen, and these little devices can be fragile. When they take a bad hit, the most common damage is just a detached USB connector, and if you’re going to experience a broken flash drive, that’s the way you want it to […]

  • Mac SSD Recovery – Samsung MX-JPU256T/0A6

    by May 19, 2019

    Today I want to share a story about a Macbook that was run over by a car and the internal storage was damaged. Luckily, there was only damage to some surface mount components and the entire SSD device was not destroyed. If you are familiar with Macbook internal solid state drives, you probably know that […]

  • Broken, Cracked 128 GB Lexar Flash Drive Recovery

    by Apr 07, 2019

    Lexar, along with SanDisk and PNY, is one of the more common brands of USB flash drive we see in the data recovery lab. While many flash drives that we recover suffer from either a broken connector or a bad component (which can range from a simple blown resistor to a failing NAND), we’ve known […]

  • Seagate Data Recovery – Rosewood

    by Mar 31, 2019

    One of the most popular hard disk drive families today is the Seagate Mobile series, often referred to by data recovery engineers as the Rosewood family. Over the past two years, we have seen Seagate Rosewood mobile drives become one of the most popular disk drives in the market, and in our hard drive recovery […]

  • Seagate Data Recovery – Grenada

    by Mar 27, 2019

    Seagate hard drives are one of the most popular OEM devices today, so it’s no surprise that we see them almost every day in our data recovery lab. They are one of the most affordable brands for retail drives too, which adds to the number of Seagate data recovery cases we see each year. Over […]

  • PNY 120GB Sandforce Recovery

    by Dec 19, 2018

    Sandforce based SSD devices are notorious for failure and for being difficult, if not impossible, to recover. One type of Sandforce based SSD device failure is rumored to only be recoverable by a few data recovery labs across the globe, and at great expense. At Blizzard, we have discovered that some Sandforce based SSD drives […]

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