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News

Febuary 2020

USB conversion to SATA

interface is getting

harder

With protection of interlectural property and sercurity risks the good old days of exchanging ROM from a USB PCB to a SATA PCB is becoming a thing of the past. ROM is being inbedded in other controllers and SED funtions are preventing getting access to Head map information and SA Module Dec 2019

High number of Seagate

ST1000LM007 and

ST2000LM007 Failures

Read write head sticktion is not uncommon in the data recovery world but these particular models seem to be showing a regular pattern Im seeing alot of these from Portable Plus enclosures it is either related to hibernation or the improper shut down when removing the device from the USB port once dissconeted Jan 2018

Data recovery companies

and convenient drop off

locations

Ever since November 2012 when Google first introduced the PANDA update to its search algorithm , searches have localized results using your location. Specialized data recovery companies are more national than local, due to the expense of certified clean rooms, qualified technicians and equipment. Yet now we find ourselves competing with local search results and any company that advertises ‘data recovery’ or ‘virus removal’ that is in your location. Your local data recovery search is now being compared to local computer stores and big chain stores such as Office Depot and Best Buy. Sales and the amount of media has started to decline, but the cost of running a high end recovery lab and keeping up with the latest innovations and equipment is more of a struggle now than ever before. To combat these issues, many data recovery companies have introduced virtual offices or convenient drop off sites. This gives companies local addresses to provide Google and makes it appears as if every major data recovery company is just down the road. The truth is that these offices are misleading to customers and offer no more services beyond packing a drive and shipping it off to the company’s real lab. Are they more convenient than just packing the media and shipping it yourself? It may seem that way at first, but virtual offices cost money. This increases the already high overhead cost of the industry and the data recovery companies have to offset that cost onto their customers. Meaning, higher recovery fees. Also, if you want to personally hand over you data over to a technician or talk to someone in more detail you will find your self disappointed. There is no one there besides the receptionist. At least companies like DTIDatarecovery have an option to email you a free prepaid shipping label to keep costs down and the process honest. Sure it may seem convenient to go somewhere local and the shipping is usually free but I cant help but feel for the companies surrounded by all these virtual offices. Real companies who pay rent, running costs, employee wages etc. I know that right next door is a virtual office operating for just a couple of hundred dollars and stealing their search presence. Dec 2017

Unseen Western Digital

USB My Book, Passports

and Easystore External

Hard Drives

Western digital has long implemented a process ties the USB interface to an algorithm that that translates your data; either by the attached PCB or the dongle that is plugged into your drive. To this day I am still seeing 3.5 inch western digital hard drives from My Books being sent in without the enclosure or dongle because it has been thrown out or lost. The hard drive may even appear to be functioning correctly but all efforts to download data or data recovery software fails to find any form of data. Its as if the hard drive was encrypted. Some unknowing technicians have even formatted these drives so there might be a volume for the recovery software to scan The problem is that there is a IC chip located on the dongle IC JMS538S this chip sets the algorithm to translate the data on the drive for better performance. Once this translator has been separated from the drive it appears as if the hard drive is blank. The good news is that I am able to recreate this algorithm without this dongle and still bypass any format or new partition creation.

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News

Febuary 2020

USB conversion to SATA

interface is getting harder

With protection of interlectural property and sercurity risks the good old days of exchanging ROM from a USB PCB to a SATA PCB is becoming a thing of the past. ROM is being inbedded in other controllers and SED funtions are preventing getting access to Head map information and SA Module Dec 2019

High number of Seagate

ST1000LM007 and

ST2000LM007 Failures

Read write head sticktion is not uncommon in the data recovery world but these particular models seem to be showing a regular pattern Im seeing alot of these from Portable Plus enclosures it is either related to hibernation or the improper shut down when removing the device from the USB port once dissconeted Jan 2018

Data recovery companies

and convenient drop off

locations

Ever since November 2012 when Google first introduced the PANDA update to its search algorithm , searches have localized results using your location. Specialized data recovery companies are more national than local, due to the expense of certified clean rooms, qualified technicians and equipment. Yet now we find ourselves competing with local search results and any company that advertises ‘data recovery’ or ‘virus removal’ that is in your location. Your local data recovery search is now being compared to local computer stores and big chain stores such as Office Depot and Best Buy. Sales and the amount of media has started to decline, but the cost of running a high end recovery lab and keeping up with the latest innovations and equipment is more of a struggle now than ever before. To combat these issues, many data recovery companies have introduced virtual offices or convenient drop off sites. This gives companies local addresses to provide Google and makes it appears as if every major data recovery company is just down the road. The truth is that these offices are misleading to customers and offer no more services beyond packing a drive and shipping it off to the company’s real lab. Are they more convenient than just packing the media and shipping it yourself? It may seem that way at first, but virtual offices cost money. This increases the already high overhead cost of the industry and the data recovery companies have to offset that cost onto their customers. Meaning, higher recovery fees. Also, if you want to personally hand over you data over to a technician or talk to someone in more detail you will find your self disappointed. There is no one there besides the receptionist. At least companies like DTIDatarecovery have an option to email you a free prepaid shipping label to keep costs down and the process honest. Sure it may seem convenient to go somewhere local and the shipping is usually free but I cant help but feel for the companies surrounded by all these virtual offices. Real companies who pay rent, running costs, employee wages etc. I know that right next door is a virtual office operating for just a couple of hundred dollars and stealing their search presence. Dec 2017

Unseen Western Digital

USB My Book, Passports

and Easystore External

Hard Drives

Western digital has long implemented a process ties the USB interface to an algorithm that that translates your data; either by the attached PCB or the dongle that is plugged into your drive. To this day I am still seeing 3.5 inch western digital hard drives from My Books being sent in without the enclosure or dongle because it has been thrown out or lost. The hard drive may even appear to be functioning correctly but all efforts to download data or data recovery software fails to find any form of data. Its as if the hard drive was encrypted. Some unknowing technicians have even formatted these drives so there might be a volume for the recovery software to scan The problem is that there is a IC chip located on the dongle IC JMS538S this chip sets the algorithm to translate the data on the drive for better performance. Once this translator has been separated from the drive it appears as if the hard drive is blank. The good news is that I am able to recreate this algorithm without this dongle and still bypass any format or new partition creation.
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