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by Sam
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD Red BIOS Swap
Replies: 2
Views: 36

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: 139

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: 10
Views: 1751

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: 1893

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: 152

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: 1565

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: 201

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: 306

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.
by Sam
Fri Sep 27, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: SSD & Flash Data Recovery
Topic: 8690 IPV260291-1 A111H17L NAND Controller
Replies: 4
Views: 306

8690 IPV260291-1 A111H17L NAND Controller

Is this one of those promotional no-brand 4GB flash drives?
by Sam
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Toshiba Data Recovery
Topic: toshiba dealing with damaged heads and surface
Replies: 10
Views: 626

toshiba dealing with damaged heads and surface

14428 For example if platter 01 damaged After reading all your posts in this thread (3 times), it's not clear if this is a case you're actually working with or if you're collecting information. If it IS a case, can you provide more information? What model? How many heads? SA on Toshibas is on top s...

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