• USB Flash Drive Recovery Tools

    by Oct 15, 2017

    At Blizzard DR we use many different hardware tools and software so we can recover data from most USB flash drives. The first tool in our flash recovery toolbox is the Amscope stereo microscope. Under the scope using a .5x barlow lens we can determine if any components are missing or physically damaged. We also […]

  • 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 […]

  • Western Digital Head Swap – Donor Drives

    by Sep 25, 2017

    On modern Western Digital hard drives it is not usually difficult to find a compatible donor for a head swap case. Use the following information at your own expense/risk. Typically you try to match the full model number (e.g. WD20EARX-22PASB0), the TJ, VJ, T2, V2 in the DCM code, and get a close date. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • ST2000DM001 – Once Again We Beat DriveSavers

    by Aug 22, 2017

    At Blizzard we continue to prove that we can save customers some serious money. This past week we received two Seagate ST2000DM001 hard drives from a QNAP NAS box. The drives were configured RAID-1 which means they were a mirrored pair.  When working properly both drives are a mirror image of each other so they […]

  • 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 […]

  • New t̶o̶y̶s̶ Tools From HDD Surgery

    by Jun 23, 2017

    Some new t̶o̶y̶s̶ tools arrived on June 15th. We added the Seagate 3.5″ head tools to our existing tool set but we also got our hands on two new offerings from HDD Surgery. With the arrival of the Western Digital 2.5″ and the Seagate 2.5″ slim models some new challenges also arrived. How do we […]

  • Data Recovery Tool Upgrade – DFL SRP

    by Jun 16, 2017

    This week we upgraded one of our data recovery tools. Hardware based recovery tools make a big difference in DR work, many times it’s the difference between recovering data and failure. The tools aren’t cheap which is one reason there isn’t a DR shop on every corner. They also require training, experience, and updates for […]

  • 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 […]