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by Sam
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: HGST / Hitachi Data Recovery
Topic: HDT721010SLA360
Replies: 0
Views: 31

HDT721010SLA360

Damaged heads, contamination on all surfaces inside drive. Media damage rings H1. Cleaned all platter surfaces, swapped to new base, bent H1 back on donor head stack. I thought that by disabling H1 in NV-RAM drive would come ready and ID normally but this doesn't seem to be as straight-forward as, f...
by Sam
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Seagate Data Recovery
Topic: Seagate with top platter scratch
Replies: 8
Views: 340

Seagate with top platter scratch

It's usually easier and potentially less damaging to surrounding areas to just bend the head back.
by Sam
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD Red BIOS Swap
Replies: 2
Views: 226

WD Red BIOS Swap

The ROM (which you are calling BIOS) is the 8-pin IC directly in the center of your bottom picture with p/n 25xxxx Hopefully you don't plan on using a single soldering iron for this job. If you've got irreplaceable data on this drive and if you're not experienced with working with this type of compo...
by Sam
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD Passport all sectors in H0 timeout but H0 working?
Replies: 5
Views: 345

WD Passport all sectors in H0 timeout but H0 working?

Sounds like bad H0 or media damage. I've had cases where a head can read the service area but not data area. Also, heads test runs on locations near/in the service area, not the data area. If it was my case I'd inspect H0 slider under microscope to confirm whether you've got media damage then try a ...
by Sam
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD External / Internal Model Cross Reference
Replies: 20
Views: 3670

WD External / Internal Model Cross Reference

WDBLPG0020BBK-0B --> WD20SDZW-11JJ8S0 (Charger)
by Sam
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: Seagate Data Recovery
Topic: SimError - Remaining in BootFW 00001002
Replies: 11
Views: 2516

SimError - Remaining in BootFW 00001002

Any contamination on sliders?
See any platter wobble?
by Sam
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD drive. Sectors read fine in sector edit but not data extractor?
Replies: 4
Views: 320

WD drive. Sectors read fine in sector edit but not data extractor?

I've had this problem too but just can't remember exactly what the solution was. You might try starting over with DE--creating a new task, new heads map.
by Sam
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Physical Data Recovery Tools
Topic: Drivestar.biz tools?
Replies: 9
Views: 2047

Drivestar.biz tools?

datamind wrote:Hi,
Is there anybody who bought unlocked WD pcd from drivestar. It costs only 88$.
I am interrsted in buying and wonder whether it is reliable.


Yes. If it's the same 800066 I bought for $88 it's legit.
by Sam
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: spyglass top surface damage
Replies: 3
Views: 380

spyglass top surface damage

Sure... it will kill the top head... eventually. What do the rest of the sliders look like? If they're clean you can always prevent the top head from touching the platter, image the other heads, and then with a new head stack go for broke on the top head.
by Sam
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: SSD & Flash Data Recovery
Topic: 8690 IPV260291-1 A111H17L NAND Controller
Replies: 4
Views: 518

8690 IPV260291-1 A111H17L NAND Controller

I was hoping to be able to provide you with some donor parts but I looked through the ones I have and none have the same controller.

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