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by Jared
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: Can't access to wd mypassport 4tb disk
Replies: 1
Views: 13

Can't access to wd mypassport 4tb disk

15410 I tried chfdsk /f in windows but runs very slowly and never finished, for the slow speed. That's probably the worst thing on earth you could have attempted if you're hoping to get data off of it. 15410 Can I format he partition and recover the files No, formatting a drive is absolutely the wr...
by Jared
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Seagate Data Recovery
Topic: Seagate DM Headswap Experiences
Replies: 22
Views: 5540

Seagate DM Headswap Experiences

15338 possible to swap head without need to read firmware Swap the head, sure why not.... actually get the drive to work long enough to read any data, probably not. It's pretty common with these to need to disable things in the firmware to stabilize the drive after replacing heads. Without proper t...
by Jared
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD PCB serial interface.
Replies: 2
Views: 30

WD PCB serial interface.

There is a TTL port there, and with the right equipment you can read/write the ROM through that port. However, it's not an open access port like Seagate has, and the commands are all proprietary. As far as I know only PC-3000 has the programming to work with this port and even then it's pretty limit...
by Jared
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD Red BIOS Swap
Replies: 2
Views: 35

WD Red BIOS Swap

Given that it's actually a rebranded HGST drive, if you cook that ROM, it'll be darn near impossible to recover the drive.

Judging by that nightmarish soldering mess to the left of the ROM chip, I'd say sending it out for the ROM transfer to be professionally handled is a very good idea.
by Jared
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Seagate Data Recovery
Topic: Seagate F3 Terminal Command Set
Replies: 44
Views: 74656

Seagate F3 Terminal Command Set

Hi is there any command to clear NRG list ? The better question is, why would you want to? Most any m command to regenerate the translator will wipe the NRG, but you're going to have problems getting full sector access again afterwards. NRG is to be saved then restored back after the translator is ...
by Jared
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: Cross Compatible WD Families
Replies: 50
Views: 14518

Cross Compatible WD Families

The head map used on each WD drive is stored in the ROM. But the format and location of the head map will vary depending on the family of the drive. I've reverse-engineered most of them myself to be able to manually read the head maps, but a tool like PC-3000 certainly can pull up the information a ...
by Jared
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: SSD & Flash Data Recovery
Topic: Samsung 970 EVO Stuck in Read-Only
Replies: 5
Views: 187

Samsung 970 EVO Stuck in Read-Only

In any sort of NDA situation, if you can't wipe it, I'd opt to destroy it myself. Better to take a $50 hit on the lost hardware than risk a $1M lawsuit.
by Jared
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Data Recovery Tutorials
Topic: Yahoo backup tool
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Yahoo backup tool

I have a suspicion this is slated for an impending SPAM dump, but I'll bite.

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by Jared
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Kilo says hi
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Kilo says hi

Welcome! Nice to have you here. Ì too started my journey into this business after my own data loss nightmares.

Have fun reading like crazy to learn as much as you can. Feel free to ask questions.
by Jared
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: SA SPT (aerial density) of WD Families
Replies: 9
Views: 840

SA SPT (aerial density) of WD Families

michael chiklis wrote:
Jared wrote:Qr Bbpost Helios - 1364 / 1372 (6 heads)


I'm working with an helios drive which has SPT value of 1100
Helios SPT 1100.jpg
I'm not sure I fully trust MRT to be accurate....

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