• Can I fix my own flash drive?

    by Oct 20, 2021

    The single most common failure for USB flash drives is a broken USB connector. Accidents happen easily; the drive is plugged in the side of your computer and somebody bumps into it, or your toddler knocks your laptop off the table, or you forget about it and shove the laptop in your bag without taking […]

  • Hard Drive PCB Failure and ROM Swap

    by Sep 09, 2021

    At Blizzard Data Recovery, we occasionally get emails, phone calls, and comments on blog posts asking about failed hard drive PCBs (printed circuit boards). One of the most common things we hear is the user swapped the PCB with a donor PCB from an exact same model and the drive still doesn’t work. The reason […]

  • WD Portable SMR Hard Drives with MCU Encryption

    by Jun 22, 2021

    Each year, we see new hard disk drive models released and each year, we see the firmware get more complicated or the drive security increased by the manufacturer. Two of the most common portable drives we see by Western Digital are the 2TB Charger and the 4-5TB Spyglass models. Both drive families already presented specific […]

  • 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 […]

  • Data Recovery Lab Best Practices – For Hard Drives

    by Jul 15, 2020

    In the past few years, there has been a spike in new data recovery labs opening up across the USA and other countries. In speaking with some DR business owners and researching topics on data recovery forums, it looks like a number of computer repair shop owners are looking for a new business, and data […]

  • Western Digital USB Hard Drives – Cross Reference

    by Jan 28, 2020

    In this post we provide you with some useful insight to help determine what model Western Digital drive might be inside a particular model of enclosure. We have included pictures of the shell to help you identify these drives quicker when searching for a matching donor. If you have done some research you have probably […]

  • 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 […]

  • Why Do I Need a Backup When I Have a RAID?

    by Sep 04, 2019

    Sure, most data loss could be prevented, but technology is complicated, hardware fails, people make mistakes, and society is often running at high speed. Hopefully we can shed some light on RAID failure, data recovery for RAID devices, and why you still need a backup solution when you have a RAID. Redundant arrays of disks […]

  • External Hard Drive Data Recovery Service

    by Aug 28, 2019

    With cameras available to just about everyone all the time, most of us find ourselves needing more and more storage space for pictures and video. Sure, cloud storage is advertised almost everywhere now, but not everyone is ready to pay recurring fees to store their family photos, videos, and documents. That’s one reason spinning disk […]

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