• 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 […]

  • Media Damage WD30EZRX-00MMMB0

    by Dec 16, 2018

    For today’s case we have a 3TB Western Digital model WD30EZRX-00MMMB0 with four platters and eight heads. It’s not uncommon to get portable hard disk drives that have been dropped or suffered some type of impact. In this case we have a full size hard drive that has suffered some type of impact and left […]

  • PNY 16GB SD Camera Card Recovery

    by Nov 29, 2018

    In this case, we received a 16GB PNY SD-HC camera card for photo recovery. The owner was not aware of any damage and thought the device had just stopped working. Unfortunately, there were still about 1,900 hi-res photos on the card that had not been copied yet. To start this case, we removed the plastic […]

  • Opened Seagate Hard Drive – ST3000DM001

    by Nov 21, 2018

    This week’s data recovery case of note is a 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001. This model Seagate is notorious for failure so it really didn’t need an extra push over the cliff, but it got one. When we received this customer’s drive it had good padding, but the top cover was not on the HDD, it was […]

  • Intel SSD – Sandforce Controller

    by Nov 15, 2018

    SSD data recovery presents some new challenges for data recovery labs. It requires new training, techniques, and tools. One controller type stands out as notorious in the DR world, it’s known as “SandForce”. To this day support has still not been added to the top SSD data recovery tool. For some Sandforce SSD failures there […]

  • Dropped Laptop Data Recovery

    by Oct 04, 2018

    At Blizzard Data Recovery we see a lot of 2.5″ laptop hard drives where the laptop suffered a fall or impact. Tip: don’t get mad at the internet and throw your laptop or bang on the keyboard 🙂 In some cases the laptop fails to boot and it ends up going to a computer repair […]

  • USB Flash Device Connector Pinout

    by Oct 02, 2018

    It’s not uncommon to see a USB flash device (UFD) with a broken connector. In many cases the the micro traces get torn so just replacing the connector won’t work. If you are sure you just need to replace the connector here are the common pinouts for wiring the USB pen drive connector. Use this […]

  • Seagate ST1000LM035 – ST2000LM007 – ST1000LM048

    by Sep 24, 2018

    Start Your Seagate Recovery Case. Recovery cases for Seagate mobile drives (Rosewood Family) have increased considerably in the past 8 months. When these hard drives first came out we saw a number of them that were unrecoverable because the platter surfaces were destroyed. This year the successful recovery ratio has become more in line with […]