You can view the DFL case studies and FAQs here so that you can understand how to use the DFL data recovery tools better

Note: When users are trying to install the G3 800041 USB to SATA adapter, the following tips are important:

01: Remove the screws on the margin of the HDD;


02: Separating the screw of the soldering metal dot;

Order G3 2060-800041 USB to SATA Data Recovery Adapter here

How to install G3 USB to SATA Data Recovery Adapter

“USB device not recognized!”
“The last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it. ”
‘The folders and files in the USB flash drive are not opening.”

This is one patient USB flash drive with above errors from one Dolphin user in China. It’s not possible to recover the lost data by data recovery software only because the patient drive is very unstable.

To recover the lost data from this patient USB drive of 32GB, the user used DFL-URE USB3.0 data recovery express.

The user connected the patient USB drive to the DFL-URE USB port, powered on the drive, set up one new disk image project, with the default settings, the user started the disk image, it took about 32 hours to complete the disk image, the patient drive kept generating errors during the whole imaging process, luckily all the sectors were imaged successfully and finally all the lost folders and files were opening normally from the target drive.

Users can watch above video case study here.

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When Western Digital SMR hard drives suffer physical damage, such as head damage, platter surface scratch, surface contamination, motor stuck, parking ramp damage, etc, users get these WD SMR patient drives and we call these cases WD SMR physical data recovery cases.

Western Digital SMR Hard Drives Families:

Carmel
Charger
Spyglass II
Spyglass III
Palmer
Venicer
Etc…

Users can check the module list and see if the module 190 is available or not. If the module 190 is available, it is one WD smr drive.

After users get the physically damaged WD smr drives, users need to find one donor hdd for head swap, platter swap, platter cleaning, hdd inner parts cleaning, parking ramp swap, motor unstuck, etc. How to find one donor hdd for WD smr hard drives, find details here.

To recover lost data from WD SMR physically damaged hard drives, users can try the following important solutions:

1, Backup, edit and repair module 190;
2, Edit head map in RAM;
3, Set up head map in bitmap and image by selective heads;

Required head replacement tools, firmware repair tools and data recovery equipment:

DFL-WD HDD Repair Tool
DFL-DDP data recovery equipment
Head and Platter Swap and Clean Suite
G2 HDD Head Comb Suite.Advanced

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Seagate rosewood hard drive data recovery cases enter data recovery labs as external portable hard drives and physical data recovery is very common data recovery case with clicking noises or even scratched surfaces.

When these Seagate rosewood hdds suffer physical head or surface or motor failure, users need to find donor hard drives for head swap, platter cleaning and even platter alignment. Special donor head requirement of Seagate Rosewood hard drives is available here.

Seagate Rosewood HDD Families:

Seagate Rosewood_A5
Seagate Rosewood_8C
Seagate Rosewood_AF

To recover lost data from Seagate rosewood physically damaged hard drives, users can try the following important solutions:

1, Edit head map in ROM;
2, Edit head map in RAM;
3, Set up head map in bitmap and image by selective heads;

Required head replacement tools, firmware repair tools and data recovery equipment:

DFL-Seagate HDD Repair Tool
DFL-DDP data recovery equipment
Head and Platter Swap and Clean Suite
Seagate LM Slim HDD Head Comb Suite.Advanced

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Data recovery labs receive more and more data recovery cases to get lost data back from Western Digital Hitachi Helium hard drives. Among all of these Helium hdd data recovery cases, UNC firmware failure repair and recovery is very common case.

It’s not possible right now to fix the common firmware failure of UNC by the existing hdd repair and data recovery equipment in the market but from now on, Dolphin team have found one unique data recovery solution to fix the UNC common firmware failure and finally get the lost data back.

There’re many WD Hitachi helium hard drives of 8T,10T,12T,16T,etc. Users can connect these patient drives to desktop computer SATA ports and test the hdds by one software to see if they report UNC error. Users can also connect these helium patient drives to the existing hdd firmware repair hardware and see if they report UNC error.

After the UNC error is confirmed, users can use the special common fw repair solution to get the patient drives repaired and finally get the lost data back. Sometimes users may get ABR errors from the patient Helium hard drives but ABR error usually indicates the patient helium hdd head damage failure or other failures. If physical failure, users need to swap heads to continue the recovery process.

If you wish to recover lost data from Western Digital Hitachi Helium hard drives, feel free to email to sales@dolphindatalab.com or add Dolphin Skype ID: dolphin.data.lab

This is one successful Seagate ST1000DM010 Pharaoh Oasis FamilyId 94 HDD Firmware Repair and Data Recovery case study.

HDD Failure Symptoms:
Fail to access firmware area, Partial Sector Access

Pharaoh Oasis LuxorLite 1.0, 1MB Flash, ABIE, PBASeed, SP2.5, DFヤZN1MB3NK
Product FamilyId: 94, MemberId: 06
HDA SN: ZN1MB3NK, RPM: 7197, Wedges: 188, Heads: 2, OrigHeads: 2, Lbas: 00000E8FEAA6, PreampType: B0 D4
Bits/Symbol: C, Symbols/UserSector: BEB, Symbols/SystemSector: 1A5
PCBA SN: 0000M125B0JJ, Controller: LUXORLPLUS_2_0(0205), Channel: STX_DUNRAVEN, PowerAsic: Unknown Rev 00, BufferBytes: 4000000
SF ID: 0 0, SF Part Size: 400, Flash Used: 400
Package Version: PAA5010B4.CCD4.PH021C.CC43 , Package P/N: 100792845, Package Global ID: 00496476,
Package Build Date: 12/03/2015, Package Build Time: 11:20:16, Package CFW Version: PAA5010B4.CCD4.PH021C.00969095.00496476.CC43 ,
Package SFW1 Version: B423, Package SFW2 Version: —-, Package SFW3 Version: —-, Package SFW4 Version: —-
Controller FW Rev: 12031120, CustomerRel: CC43, Changelist: 00969095, ProdType: PAA5010.CCD4QC, Date: 12/03/2015, Time: 112016, UserId: 00496476
Servo FW Rev: B423
TCG IV Version: n/a
Package BPN: 36
RAP FW Implementation Key: 16, Format Rev: 0005, Contents Rev: 0B 01 00 00
Active BFW Container: 0
4K Sys Area: 0
Features:
– Quadradic Equation AFH enabled
– VBAR with adjustable zone boundaries enabled
– Volume Based Sparing enabled
– IOEDC enabled
– IOECC enabled
– DERP Read Retries enabled v. 4.7.01.0000000000000013
– LTTC-UDR2 disabled
– SuperParity 2.5 enabled
– Humidity Sensor disabled
– Media Cache Partition enabled
– Background Reli Activity Critical Event Logging disabled
– Torn Write Protection disabled
– SubRelease:0
– DRAM Mirror disabled

HDD Repair Tools and Data Recovery Tools Required:

DFL Seagate HDD Firmware Repair Tool
DFL-DDP Data Recovery Equipment

HDD Firmware Repair Steps and Data Recovery Steps:

Unlock firmware area and enter F3 T>;
Backup important sys files;
Clear glist;
Clear nglist;
Regenerate translator;
Open DFL-DDP data recovery software and all lost partitions are available for immediate data recovery.

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Within DFL-WD hdd firmware repair tool, users get one very helpful firmware repair function: to extract firmware modules from SA region.

To read Western Digital hard drive firmware modules, the firmware repair software usually needs to read module directory(module map) and then read other firmware modules according to module directory. But when the module directory is located on bad sectors or corrupted, the module list is empty and firmware modules couldn’t be read. At this time, users usually find donor rom and loaders of the same microcode to write to patient hdd to access the firmware area or try hot swap method to access firmware modules.

After users have this function to extract firmware modules from SA region, users just need to load loaders to undetected patient hard drives and then read SA region copy 0 or copy 1 and then the software can extract the modules easily and automatically.

For undetected hard drives, only if users get the patient hdd firmware modules, specially key modules, firmware repair will become easier. For example, users can write donor rom and fw to get patient hdds detected and then write patient key firmware modules to access the data area properly.

After firmware repair, users can use DFL-DDP data recovery software to recover lost data.

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MQ02ABF050H MQ02ABD100H Toshiba SSHD data recovery cases are common in many data recovery labs worldwide.

When users receive the MQ02ABF050H MQ02ABD100H Toshiba SSHDs or similar ones, users try to access the data area but failed. If running logical scan, users may get full disk bad sectors.

To fix above Toshiba SSHD failures, users need to enter the DFL Toshiba HDD firmware repair software, menu path: Firmware Operations>Change Disk Configuration>Turn Off Flash Permanent Cache.

Next users just need to click Tech Off mode and users can run logical scan successfully and access to data area.

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Toshiba Desktop HDD DT01ACA100 head damage is one common failure for this Toshiba-Hitachi hard drive.

In many of above cases, users can hear head clicking noises or sometimes if no clicking noises when users try to access to data area, users get regular bad sectors from the logical scan result. For full data recovery, it is necessary to open the hard drive in clean room environment and swap the heads.

To find one donor hdd, users need to check the model number and PCB number and make sure the head number is the same. Some good drives may have less heads than they are supposed to have.

After head swap, users get the patient hdd ready, backup important firmware modules such as the PSHT, etc by DFL-Hitachi HDD repair tool and set up head map within DFL-DDP data recovery software and image good heads first and then weak heads and finally extract lost data from the image file, VHD(X) or target drive.

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Recently Dolphin Data Lab got some request from DFL users to connect SAS hard drives as portable external USB hard drives to use the SAS drives easily.

Special hard drive adapters required to connect SAS hard drives as portable external USB hard drives:

01: HDD USB to SATA Adapter;
02: SATA to SAS Adapter

Steps to connect SAS hard drives as portable external USB hard drives:

01: Connect SAS hard drives to SATA to SAS adapter;
02: Connect SATA to SAS adapter to USB to SATA adapter;
03: Connect USB to SATA adapter to computer.

Video instruction to connect SAS hard drives as portable external USB hard drives here

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