• 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 stereo microscope. Under the scope we can determine if any components are missing or physically damaged. We also look for signs of previous attempts […]

  • HDD Surgery Tools – Precision Data Recovery Tools

    by Oct 16, 2017

    In the past I have used some of the cheaper head removal tools with 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 tools […]

  • 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 have arrived! 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 swap heads […]

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