• 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 […]

  • DIY Data Recovery Failure

    by Sep 09, 2018

    DIY data recovery cases have always trickled in to our lab, but recently there has been an upward trend for opened hard disk drives. Most of the time the data owner has opened the device because a YouTuber told them they could get their data back. Unfortunately, there were no details in the video about […]

  • 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 […]