• Hard Drive Recovery Levels

    by Aug 07, 2018

    At Blizzard Data Recovery our goal is to offer affordable service and maintain a high recovery rate. Quality service requires an investment in the best data recovery tools. Without proper tools and experience a DR lab could not maintain an acceptable recovery rate. Since data recovery requires a substantial investment in equipment, software, and recurring […]

  • Alcor AU6998SN + Monolith Toshiba

    by Jul 25, 2018

    In this case we have a conventional Alcor AU6998SN based USB flash drive with a Toshiba monolith (THNU3EN00PL07) re-purposed as the NAND. With our PC-3000 Flash tool and the Spiderboard adapter from Ace Laboratories we can read the data from the NAND. You never know what you will find when you open a conventional flash […]

  • Toshiba SSHD MQ02ABD100H

    by Jun 24, 2018

    Toshiba laptop and portable hard drives in general seem to be very reliable. Most Toshiba 2.5″ cases we see are the result of the HDD or laptop being dropped. In this case the problem was quite different. This Toshiba is a hybrid known as a solid state hard drive. Basically it is conventional device with […]

  • How To Repair a USB Flash Drive

    by Jun 10, 2018

    How do we repair USB flash drives? The real question should be how do we recover data from a broken, damaged, or flash media that has just stopped working? In some cases the metal USB connector might come loose, or break off. Assuming no pads are torn, this could be an easy case for a […]

  • Toshiba DT01ACA100 Desktop Hard Drive

    by May 26, 2018

    This week I was reminded how nice it is to work with the Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB Desktop SATA hard drives. Most data recovery pros hold Toshiba drives in high regard for reliability, but we do get quite a few desktop models in that 1 of the heads has failed. The simple, consistent, design makes working […]

  • Rosewood ST1000LM035 3 Heads

    by May 13, 2018

    This week we had a Seagate ST1000LM035 with numerous media defects. We suspected that the HDD had been dropped like many Seagate mobile drives from this family. We opened the device in one of our clean bench workstations and immediately noticed something different, three heads! These 1TB drives are typically a single platter device with […]

  • DIY Failure and Proper Disk Drive Packing

    by Mar 28, 2018

    This week I would like to talk about proper handling and shipping for hard drives. The unknown often works against people because they really need/want their data recovered but they compound the problem because they just don’t understand how delicate a conventional hard disk drive is. Once you realize the close tolerance the device works […]

  • Week 2018-0304 in the Lab

    by Mar 18, 2018

    This week we had a common case that is a result of a DIY recovery. This case was a Seagate 1TB external hard drive that stopped working. When the media starts deteriorating bad sectors start accumulating. Sometimes the drive design can’t manage the failure rate and the customer loses access to the data. In the […]

  • Week 2018-0218 in the Lab

    by Feb 25, 2018

    This week we had a non-typical 128GB USB flash drive. At first glance the case looks like a standard broken connector repair. Typically you remove the bent or broken connector and replace it with a new USB 3.0 connector. WAIT! Not so fast. Look closer, this Phison based 128GB USB device has a non-standard pinout […]