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by vrocco
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Data Recovery Tutorials
Topic: How to Read ROM Through Terminal on WD My Passport and Elements USB Drives
Replies: 28
Views: 7401

How to Read ROM Through Terminal on WD My Passport and Elements USB Drives

Could you clarify that? I am following the prompts in pc3000. Power drive off and plug in serial terminal. Power drive on. I don't get anything on the TX or RX lights on the terminal. Board is 771737 (Rev A). Connected with Samsung adapter. Does anyone have a pinout for the drive and the terminal so...
by vrocco
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Data Recovery Tutorials
Topic: How to Read ROM Through Terminal on WD My Passport and Elements USB Drives
Replies: 28
Views: 7401

How to Read ROM Through Terminal on WD My Passport and Elements USB Drives

Can someone give me a quick hand with this. I think I have the serial adapter hooked up correctly and I have a piece of paper in between the board and drive. I still keep getting an error. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong? Tried in BootROM mode and got the error below. Can’t identify the drive ...
by vrocco
Tue May 12, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: PC-3000 Forum
Topic: Backing up HDD Resources
Replies: 4
Views: 1389

Re: Backing up HDD Resources

Good info. Thanks guys
by vrocco
Mon May 11, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: PC-3000 Forum
Topic: Backing up HDD Resources
Replies: 4
Views: 1389

Backing up HDD Resources

Continuing to learn on PC-3000, between recoveries I have been taking all the old hard drives that I have laying around and backing up the resources in case I ever have need for them. I noticed most utilities give the option of saving things to the HDD Profile folder or to the Database. Where do you...
by vrocco
Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Forum Issues, Suggestions, Etc.
Topic: Top Secret Section
Replies: 26
Views: 5325

Re: Top Secret Section

I think it's a good idea as well. I'm in the same boat as Larry. I don't feel I could contribute a whole lot of data recovery knowledge, but I would look forward to the day when I might be granted entrance. If keeping it private encourages the pros to share those "top secret" tips and tric...
by vrocco
Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0
Replies: 24
Views: 4867

Re: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0

Yes sorry. That was my fault, I'm still new to expressing everything that pc-3000 is showing me. But yes, it wouldn't come ready when I powered on without an error (I think AMN). And then when I tried to access sectors, I got ABR constantly.

Anyway, it was a success! Thanks!
by vrocco
Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0
Replies: 24
Views: 4867

Re: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0

So before attempting the hot swap, I tried the "Solve 'slow responding' problem" and then SA Translator regeneration. Drive came ready, I was able to read encryption key from mod 25 and view the entire tree in DE explorer. Saved all files except one jpg that had some bad sectors. Not a bad...
by vrocco
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0
Replies: 24
Views: 4867

Re: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0

Thanks. I'll give that a try.
by vrocco
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0
Replies: 24
Views: 4867

Re: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0

I did select to backup the SA tracks as well, but I'm not sure that all of them backed up. Any idea how many I should have? In the backup folder under "Tracks", I have from 0065 to 0256 (appears to be 2 copies of each, e.g. 0065_00.trk and 0065_01.trk)

Is that what I need?
by vrocco
Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0
Replies: 24
Views: 4867

Re: WD Passport WD5000BMVV-11GNWS0

OK I'm using this drive as my "learn how to use PC-3000" drive because it belongs to a friend and he doesn't really care if he gets the pictures on it back. If I can recover anything, it's a bonus. So I copied the ROM from the USB board and wrote it to a compatible SATA board. I managed to...

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