• Week 2017-1015 in the Lab

    by Oct 22, 2017

    This week is another story about how “we make data recovery affordable”. In this case we received a Western Digital 750GB desktop model WD7500AAKS-00RBA0. The HDD had already been to Secure Data Recovery lab and quoted $1964. When the customer mentioned our prices the other recovery company told them nobody could recover their HDD for […]

  • Week 2017-0917 in the Lab

    by Sep 30, 2017

    This week we had a few cases I would like to share. For USB flash recovery we had a 64GB Lexar with 2 NAND chips. The device had already been sent to another lab but the price was quoted so high the customer requested that the DR shop send it back. After calling to confirm […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • We Make Data Recovery Affordable

    by Apr 02, 2017

    We continue proving to new customers that we are more than competitive, “we make data recovery affordable”. This past month we received cases for hard disk drives that had already been quoted by Drive Savers and Secure Data Recovery. Here are two examples. Case number 1 was a Western Digital SATA drive model WD5000AAKS. The […]

  • Samsung SP2514N and SP2504C Head Swap

    by Jan 28, 2017

    This week’s special case was a 2007 PATA HDD. This Samsung SP2514N was in an external enclosure and got knocked over. Since the drive was identified as dropped and “previously opened” we first opened it in one of our laminar airflow workstations. Upon inspection we noticed a stiction mark on the top platter but the […]

  • WD 6GB AC26400 Recovery

    by Nov 18, 2016

    This weeks special case was a 6GB Western Digital EIDE hard disk drive. That’s right! That was not a typo, six gigabytes of storage in one desktop hard drive that was manufactured in 1999. The data was distributed across two platters but only used 3 heads. This hard drive was making some very unusual screeching […]

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