PC-3000 Flash. SanDisk 200 GB mSD recovery

Hi everyone,

Today we are going to talk about the monolith cases produced by SanDisk, namely presented in the variations of 200 GB and 400 GB models.

Such cards were released a few years ago and remained the mSD cards with the highest capacity for years until the 256 and 512 GB modifications replaced them.

Nowadays, SanDisk Flash drives are one of the most complicated cases. Usually, they have a lot of additional issues and features that are typical only for SanDisk modifications.

For example:

SanDisk is using SLC cache to store the latest recorded data. On MLC/TLC memory, the controller writes down data in SLC mode, and then in the background transforms it into TLC/MLC. The main idea is that with the SLC recording type, SanDisk is using around 20-30% of capacity for cache, which makes writing operations much faster than usual. If the Flash drive becomes damaged during the writing process, most likely the File System and the latest recorded files will stay in SLC and their recover..

PC-3000 SSD Systems. The List of Supported SSDs (regularly updated, ver. 3.0.3)

Hello friends!

The ACE Lab developers constantly research drives, which results in a rapid expansion of the Support List for most of the modern SSDs. So with the PC-3000 Systems that support Solid State Drives, you will always be on the cutting edge of
data recovery technology!

The PC-3000 SSD/Ultimate Systems contain one of the following software add-ons:

► PC-3000 SSD (for the PC-3000 Express/UDMA System, software ver.7.0.x)
► PC-3000 SSD Extended (for the PC-3000 Portable III System, software ver.7.0.x)

The PC-3000 SSD Extended is the new software add-on that supports the widest range of SSD types: SATA, mSATA, M.2 SATA, M.2 PCIe NVMe/АHCI, PCIe x16, Apple Macbook, LIF, ZIF, PATA. The PCIe drives are connected via the special adapters from ACE Lab:

M.2 PCIe NVMe/AHCI SSD & M.2 SATA SSD adapter
PCIe NVMe/AHCI Adapter for Apple Macbook SSD
PCIe x16 SSD Adapter

MacBookPro A1706/A1708 (2016/2017) PCIe SSD

The current version of the PC-3000 SSD/PC-3000 SSD Extended software is 3…

PC-3000 SSD Systems. The List of Supported SSDs (regularly updated, ver. 3.0.3)

Hello friends!

The ACE Lab developers constantly research drives, which results in a rapid expansion of the Support List for most of the modern SSDs. So with the PC-3000 Systems that support Solid State Drives, you will always be on the cutting edge of
data recovery technology!

The PC-3000 SSD/Ultimate Systems contain one of the following software add-ons:

► PC-3000 SSD (for the PC-3000 Express/UDMA System, software ver.7.0.x)
► PC-3000 SSD Extended (for the PC-3000 Portable III System, software ver.7.0.x)

The PC-3000 SSD Extended is the new software add-on that supports the widest range of SSD types: SATA, mSATA, M.2 SATA, M.2 PCIe NVMe/АHCI, PCIe x16, Apple Macbook, LIF, ZIF, PATA. The PCIe drives are connected via the special adapters from ACE Lab:

M.2 PCIe NVMe/AHCI SSD & M.2 SATA SSD adapter
PCIe NVMe/AHCI Adapter for Apple Macbook SSD
PCIe x16 SSD Adapter

MacBookPro A1706/A1708 (2016/2017) PCIe SSD

The current version of the PC-3000 SSD/PC-3000 SSD Extended software is 3…

Western Digital: Time-Limited Error Recovery

Bad sectors may appear because of the bad quality of the heads or due to small scratches on the surface of the platters. This problem is pretty up-to-date and sometimes, when you don’t have an opportunity to replace the heads or open the HDA on the Hard Drive, the only way to get the data is to be patient and reread all bad sectors one by one with different time-out settings in the Data Extractor.

But what to do if the WD disks have a lot of BAD sectors, and it is necessary to force the disk to complete the image?

First of all, we need to understand how the default WD Firmware processes the errors. Usually, it takes a few steps:

Reading attempt of the “X LBA” with a default timeout
In case of timeout limits excess, rereading the same LBA a dozen times during a few seconds
Software/hardware reset
Recalibration of the heads
Another reading attempt of the “X+1 LBA”…
In the background: writing error logs inside the SA area

This is a default error processing scenario on WD drives which ..

Western Digital: Time-Limited Error Recovery

Bad sectors may appear because of the bad quality of the heads or due to small scratches on the surface of the platters. This problem is pretty up-to-date and sometimes, when you don’t have an opportunity to replace the heads or open the HDA on the Hard Drive, the only way to get the data is to be patient and reread all bad sectors one by one with different time-out settings in the Data Extractor.

But what to do if the WD disks have a lot of BAD sectors, and it is necessary to force the disk to complete the image?

First of all, we need to understand how the default WD Firmware processes the errors. Usually, it takes a few steps:

Reading attempt of the “X LBA” with a default timeout
In case of timeout limits excess, rereading the same LBA a dozen times during a few seconds
Software/hardware reset
Recalibration of the heads
Another reading attempt of the “X+1 LBA”…
In the background: writing error logs inside the SA area

This is a default error processing scenario on WD drives which ..

PC-3000 HDD. How to Block Writing in Service Area in Seagate F3

Modern Seagate drives are very complex, and their hardware becomes more and more sensitive. If heads have issues, they can damage some critical objects in the Service Area during the internal FW processes. It may be a reason for data recovery time increase: we must spend more time and money to find new heads and fix bad system files. Is it possible to avoid that and block the writing in the Service Area? Let’s review that in this article.

PC-3000 HDD. How to Block Writing in Service Area in Seagate F3

Modern Seagate drives are very complex, and their hardware becomes more and more sensitive. If heads have issues, they can damage some critical objects in the Service Area during the internal FW processes. It may be a reason for data recovery time increase: we must spend more time and money to find new heads and fix bad system files. Is it possible to avoid that and block the writing in the Service Area? Let’s review that in this article.

PC-3000 Mobile. The List of Supported Mobile Devices (regularly updated, ver. 1.5.5)

The PC-3000 Mobile is a new ACE Lab product that provides a versatile approach to data recovery from mobile devices. It gives you several ways of accessing data:

► High-level access to connect the mobile devices by conventional means with a cable. There are 2 options: access via the ADB protocol (the device rooting is required) and access via the technological script (for MediaTek and Qualcomm-based devices)
► In-depth research to get access to data with a Chip-off method (for eMMC/eMCP chips and mSD/SD cards)
► Imaged files upload to continue working with previously created images.

Besides, you can decrypt mobile phones’ mSD cards or file dumps of the mSD cards encrypted by the user. To do this, you need the original phone or eMMC memory for keys extraction. The full list of support Mobile devices is HERE.

The current release version of the PC-3000 Mobile software is 1.5.5

ACE Lab developers are working hard right now to enhance it even further with the new features and functions…