• Week 2018-0114 in the Lab

    by Jan 30, 2018

    This week we had a 250GB Western Digital model WD2500AAKX that was dropped. As you can see in the photo the heads were mangled and still on the platter. What you can’t see is that it fell so hard the orange head ramp is actually broken and that’s why the heads could not return to […]

  • 2017 in Review – Data Recovery Lab

    by Dec 31, 2017

    It’s been a great year for us at Blizzard Data Recovery. Our hard drive recovery business continues to grow and we have purchased a number of new tools this year to keep up with that growth. Because of this growth we have tripled the number of HDD cases we can work on at the same […]

  • Week 2017-1119 In The Lab

    by Nov 28, 2017

    This week we had an older Intel solid state drive (SSD) with a problem that was discovered a number of years ago. The problem is listed as the “Bad Context 13x Error”,  but is more commonly known as the”8MB bug”. Intel released a firmware patch in 2011 but it doesn’t help if the owner of […]

  • Week 2017-1105 In The Lab

    by Nov 11, 2017

    As time allows I like to share some of the less common recovery cases that we encounter. This week we had a visit from a Seagate ST2000LM007 mobile hard drive. These Rosewood family disk drives are notorious for catastrophic failures. Some speculate that they have “soft” platters but it could just be that we are […]

  • Week 2017-1022 in the Lab

    by Oct 30, 2017

    You may have noticed that I don’t share specifics for a lot of flash recovery cases. Although we recover numerous flash drives every week, many of the USB recoveries involve bent/broken connectors or the pads have been torn or ripped off the PCB. In those cases we replace the connector or reconstruct the path with […]

  • Week 2017-1015 in the Lab

    by Oct 22, 2017

    This week is another story about how “we make data recovery affordable”. In this case we received a Western Digital 750GB desktop model WD7500AAKS-00RBA0. The HDD had already been to Secure Data Recovery lab and quoted $1964. When the customer mentioned our prices the other recovery company told them nobody could recover their HDD for […]

  • USB Flash Drive Recovery Tools

    by Oct 17, 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 […]

  • Head Stack Removal Tools for Hard Disk Drives

    by Oct 16, 2017

    In the past I have used some of the cheaper head removal tools with great success but once you use precision tools long enough you start to really notice the difference in quality and performance. Over the past couple of years we have been replacing our cheaper HDD head stack removal tools with the finest […]

  • 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 […]