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by Jared
Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: PCB BIOS and FLASH swap
Replies: 6
Views: 185

PCB BIOS and FLASH swap

No. There is zero point to that. It's only if it's underpowered that it's an issue. If you are plugged into a 3.0 port and using a proper cable and are still having an issue, then power IS NOT your issue. There is no benefit to over powering a drive above spec. unless you want to be this guy: More P...
by Jared
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: PCB BIOS and FLASH swap
Replies: 6
Views: 185

PCB BIOS and FLASH swap

17161 So is there some adapter you can refer me to that can add power to the port? No, just be sure you are plugged into a USB 3.0 port rather than 2.0 (which can underpower) and be sure that you aren't using a USB cable that is too long or too thin. 17161 is there a way to just get the drive detec...
by Jared
Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: PCB BIOS and FLASH swap
Replies: 6
Views: 185

PCB BIOS and FLASH swap

I give it 0.02% odds the PCB had anything to do with your issue. Most cases are firmware malfunctions due to bad sectors and/or weak read/write heads. You're spinning your wheels messing around with the PCB. In all likelihood, you'll just make things worse. But, as PCLab said, you only need to swap ...
by Jared
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Toshiba Data Recovery
Topic: Toshiba USB to SATA Guide
Replies: 204
Views: 87292

Toshiba USB to SATA Guide

Donor Drives will do this for you. Just know that if it's a Toshiba or Seagate, and the original ROM is lost in the mail, your data is gone FOREVER!!! So shipping that out carries inherent risks. Most of us who are in the business of data recovery only offer complete recoveries (imaging the data, co...
by Jared
Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: HELP: NEED MOD 47 FROM 40 - TreslXLB2
Replies: 3
Views: 117

HELP: NEED MOD 47 FROM 40 - TreslXLB2

Sounds like you need to either build a new ROM from SA, or maybe just fix the head map in your donor ROM???
by Jared
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Western Digital Data Recovery
Topic: I broke the ground pin off of a BIOS chip (Woops). Will it still work?
Replies: 7
Views: 122

I broke the ground pin off of a BIOS chip (Woops). Will it still work?

Hopefully, there is a copy of the ROM modules in the service area. I can't recall ever needing to rebuild the ROM of a Tressels family WD drive (they're pretty uncommon) so I can't remember offhand if they have a backup of it. What was originally going on with the drive before you attempted the PCB ...
by Jared
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Seagate Data Recovery
Topic: Maxtor STM3160215AS No detect
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Maxtor STM3160215AS No detect

Do you have access to the Ace blog and a PC-3000? If so, there is an article here that should help: https://blog.acelaboratory.com/how-to-f ... rives.html
by Jared
Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: PC-3000 Forum
Topic: PC-3000 Portable III: F.A.Q.
Replies: 4
Views: 995

PC-3000 Portable III: F.A.Q.

Well, you'll ultimately need a clean hood if you plan on taking on head swap cases. You'll also likely need head separator tools, head combs, a good particle counter, etc. It's not a bad idea to get some ESD mats to work on as well. Don't forget the nitrile gloves, swabs, alcohol, and other basic su...
by Jared
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: RAID Data Recovery Forum
Topic: Can Anyone Explain This RAID Mystery to Me?
Replies: 1
Views: 471

Can Anyone Explain This RAID Mystery to Me?

So, I wrote a blog post here that is one of the biggest head-scratchers I've ever seen: https://www.data-medics.com/data-recove ... very-case/

The case is solved and all data recovered, but I still have no real clue what could have led to this situation.
by Jared
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Seagate Data Recovery
Topic: Seagate EXOS X16 ST16000NM001G
Replies: 5
Views: 202

Seagate EXOS X16 ST16000NM001G

Are you able to unlock the ROM to get terminal access?

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