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by Jared
Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Hard Drive Data Recovery
Topic: Delete area
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Delete area

If you used Eraser to clean one partition, then no data from the wiped partition can ever be recovered.
by Jared
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD USB to SATA Conversion Compatible PCB Guide
Replies: 108
Views: 65091

WD USB to SATA Conversion Compatible PCB Guide

Yeah, there seems to be some randomness with it. Usually, if it comes from a 4Tb, it's fine to use, but if it's from a 3Tb it can only be used for other 3Tb drives. I had one recently where we had to try like four different boards (most from 4Tb drives) and only the last one finally worked for some ...
by Jared
Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Data Recovery Tutorials
Topic: How to Clone a Hard Drive With Bad Sectors Using ddrescue
Replies: 119
Views: 188458

How to Clone a Hard Drive With Bad Sectors Using ddrescue

If you are trying to image to a file your command would be more like sudo ddrescue /dev/sda /mnt/mountpoint/folder/image.bin [log path]... You can't use /dev/sdb if you are imaging to a file, that would be if you wanted to image a whole disk to another disk entirely. /dev is only used for block acce...
by Jared
Wed Jun 09, 2021 7:57 am
Forum: SSD & Flash Data Recovery
Topic: Accidentally formatted an SD Card, with different file system.
Replies: 11
Views: 429

Accidentally formatted an SD Card, with different file system.

18068 Seems like no software solution is going to work... That's what everyone is saying. 18068 A data recovery professional would want the physical card, and not an image.dd of the card, right? If it's reading all zeros, all a dd image would be is a bunch of zeros. Not very helpful for recovery. Y...
by Jared
Mon May 31, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: Multiple drive failure after system upgrade, advice for first attempt at ddrescue
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Multiple drive failure after system upgrade, advice for first attempt at ddrescue

If you have three 1Tb WD black drives that are all acting up in roughly the same way, recovery might not be that expensive. We usually offer a bulk rate discount if you get all three recovered at the same time. If you are not in a rush, and none of the heads have failed, it may be around $945 in tot...
by Jared
Fri May 28, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: 3 TB Western Digital drive, out of MyBook, inaccessible. Seeking advice.
Replies: 1
Views: 41

3 TB Western Digital drive, out of MyBook, inaccessible. Seeking advice.

This is commonly referred to as the WD slow responding bug. It happens when a drive develops more bad sectors than it's firmware can handle remapping (in most cases). Early on when the bug starts, the drive will sometimes just be really slow to respond, but as the problem worsens it'll reach a point...
by Jared
Fri May 28, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: SSD & Flash Data Recovery
Topic: How to clone an sd card with ddrescue?
Replies: 2
Views: 287

How to clone an sd card with ddrescue?

1. You can use ddrescue just like any other data storage device to clone it. There's a guide here: how-to-clone-a-hard-drive-with-bad-sectors-using-ddrescue-t133.html

2. Sure, a lot is possible if you have the right professional tools and expertise to use them.
by Jared
Fri May 28, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: Seagate Data Recovery
Topic: Seagate ST5000LM000 Recovery
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Seagate ST5000LM000 Recovery

It's definitely not an issue with the PCB. It sounds to me like the read/write heads became stuck to the platters and seized the motor spindle. It's fairly common on these models because they have 5 platters and 10 read/write heads. It should be an easy enough recovery for a lab with a clean room. W...
by Jared
Mon May 24, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Firmware, ROM, & LDR Requests
Topic: Firmware Server Access
Replies: 33
Views: 20758

Firmware Server Access

That server is for active users of this forum. The password isn't given to first-time posters.
by Jared
Mon May 24, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Hard Drive Data Recovery
Topic: 8 GB iso file written to beginning of 4TB UEFI formatted hdd.
Replies: 4
Views: 211

8 GB iso file written to beginning of 4TB UEFI formatted hdd.

Yes, there is a backup copy of the GPT at the end of the drive. It's fairly easy to restore that using a program like TestDisk to put the partition back. However, most data recovery software (such as UFS which you mention) will automatically read the backup table and find the partition bounds. Depen...

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