Is Intel SSD Firmware Recovery Possible with a Linux OS?

March 22nd, 2015 No comments


Linux OS for Intel ssd firmware recovery

If your solid state drive has become inaccessible due to the dreaded 8MB bug retrieving your lost files on your own is very unlikely. However, you can still perform Intel SSD Firmware Recovery to restore your drive to its factory settings so that you can use it again. The solution below is for those using Linux.


  • Key in and enter the command “sudo apt-get install hdparm” followed by sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdX in which “X” stands for the drive number of your SSD in the system. The command will display some details regarding your solid state drive. Check the serial number and if it has been changed into “BAD_CTX 00000150” then your SSD has really been affected by the firmware bug.
  • Continue reading the details about your drive until you reach the security section. If that section states that your drive is active, you can proceed to the next step. However, if it states “frozen you can’t continue”, you first need to unfreeze your drive before you can move on. There are two ways to life the freeze. First, put the system to sleep then wake it up. If this does now work, quickly unplug and re-plug the data cable of your SSD.
  • You need to set a password before you can restore your drive to its factory settings. To do so, key in the command “sudo hdparm –user-master u –security-set-pass PASSWORD /dev/sdX”. Once more, the “X” stands for your SSD while “PASSWORD” stands for whatever password you chose.
  • You can now initiate restoration of the SSD by keying in the command “sudo hdparm –user-master u –security-erase PASSWORD /dev/sdX”. This will perform a quick format on the drive that will take just a few minutes.





Use the “sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdX” to check the drive details again. If the drive size and serial number are now correct, restoration is finished. If not, perform a full format with command “sudo hdparm –user-master u –security-erase-enhanced SOMEPASS /dev/sdX”. A full format may take up to an hour to complete. Then issue the “sudo hdparm -I /dev/sdX” command again and everything should be in order.


If you want to recover your files, leave your SSD untouched and send it to 300 Dollar Data Recovery. Brian Cometa and the other technicians of the company can get your data back for just $300.


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Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks or RAID Hard Drive Data Recovery

February 6th, 2015 No comments

We just successfully recovered this 15 drive #RAID for only $4,500 and transferred it to a #WesternDigital 8TB My Duo MyBook! #300DDR #DataRecovery #WeCanHelp

 

  1. What is a RAID Hard Drive?

RAID is the current generation of hard drives we are using. They have higher performance compared to the traditional hard disks. RAID stands for “Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks” though at present, one is often referred to as simply raid. RAID is a data storage technology that integrates multiple disk drive mechanisms into one logical unit for the sake of exponentially enhanced performance. Raid has several different layers so and data is automatically processed by the layer that can provide the most efficient result.

 

  1. When is Raid Hard Drive Data Recovery needed?

Raid data recovery is needed when one or more raid layers are damaged either software-wise or hardware-wise. Software damage is the more common reason. Fortunately, it is also the easier one to fix. For minor software issues, you can even do the fix yourself. Just download one or more file restoration applications from the internet. Hardware damage, however, such as burnt components or a worn out hard disk, you should seek an expert. This is because such problems often require opening of the hard disk. The internal parts of a raid drive, however, are very sensitive and one tiny foreign particle can cause a lot of complications.

 

  1. What are Raid Hard Drive Data Recovery service providers?

 

These companies are entities that employ professional that are adept at retrieving lost files. They are usually the last resort since if they cannot get your files back; it is likely that no one else can. Just make sure you hire one that is reputable and has been in the business for at least a few years. If you think your raid has physical damage, pick a service provider that has its own clean room. A clean room is a room with the right environment for opening and checking a raid drive. There are certain scenarios that may lead to the need for such services. First, when you have tried to troubleshoot and fix the problem yourself but you were unsuccessful or think you have not recovered enough. Next, when there are clear signs of physical damage on the hard drive. And last, when you want to get your files back as soon as possible. As they say, a professional always does the job the fastest.

 

Related Article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/raid-recovery,1542-3.html

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The Need for Intel 320 Series Data Recovery

January 22nd, 2015 No comments

When Solid State Drives were first introduced, many computer fanatics expected that they would make hard disk drives obsolete in a few years. The main reason for this clamour is that the SSDs have greatly increased performance compared to their HDD counterparts. The former can access, write, and overwrite data several times faster than the latter. SSDs are also considered to be more reliable and less prone to damage since they are made up of considerably fewer parts. Many immediately purchased Intel’s third generation SSD series because they thought that they are indestructible under normal circumstances which will eliminate the need for Intel 320 Series Data Recovery. If you also think so, read further and you might change your mind.

You might also like: SSD vs. HDD: What’s the Difference?

 

Physical Strength

 

Solid state drives are a lot less prone to physical wear and tear compared to hard disk drives especially since the former does not have disks that spin whenever something is being processed. It also has fewer mechanical parts and the fewer the parts, the lower the overall chance of breaking is. SSDs are also a lot less sensitive to shaking and vibrations. SSDs, however, still have electronic components that are still prone to damage. Even if just one capacitor or controller chip goes out, the drive can become unusable. Furthermore, unlike HDDs that are enclosed in very thick casings, SSDs are a lot more susceptible to damage from magnetic fields.

 

Linear Wear and Tear

 

It is true for both SSDs and HDDs that they can only last for a set number of read and write cycles. SSDs, however, can endure several times the number of cycles that HHDs can. In fact, an SSD can last for 100 years even if 10 GB of data is written on it each day.

Related Article: Sorting out SSD strengths and weaknesses

 

The Achilles Heel

 

There is one lingering weakness all SSDs have. Though each successive generation manages to lessen the said weakness, it is still apparent on current gen SSDs. Solid state drives are a lot more likely to get damaged during a power outage compared to hard disk drives. The problem is most notable on Intel’s third generation SSDs that cam still acquire the 8MB bug. This bug not only results to the deletion of all your files, you will also be able to access only 8MB of your drive’s capacity. SSDs are fairly new and it requires a whole new set of software and engineering techniques to retrieve lost files from them. Fortunately, $300 Data Recovery can easily SSD files that other companies simply can’t.

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Press Release: DriveFish Acquired by $300 Data Recovery

April 1st, 2014 No comments

PRESS RELEASE: $300 Data Recovery acquires DriveFish Data Recovery; $300 Data Recovery becomes the largest affordable data recovery provider in the United States.

A recent merger of the two largest “affordable” data recovery companies now makes $300 Data Recovery the largest provider of low-cost data recovery services in the United States. Before $300 Data Recovery and DriveFish Data Recovery, the only options for data recovery started at $800 and went up to $2500 or more. This left a gap in the marketplace for economical data recovery. In 2007, $300 Data Recovery & DriveFish Data Recovery, unbeknownst to each other, recognized this demand and created a new niche: “affordable” data recovery.

In March of 2014, $300 Data Recovery received a phone call from Baird Castleberry, co-owner of DriveFish Data Recovery (www.drivefish.com). He was interested in selling DriveFish in order to dedicate more time to his other ventures. But he was very concerned with selling DriveFish to the right kind of data recovery company. He specifically reached out to $300 Data Recovery first, because like DriveFish, they have outstanding customer service and integrity, while maintaining an affordable flat-fee pricing structure and money-back guarantee. They don’t run a bait-and-switch scam like many other data recovery companies who advertise low rates only to charge more in the end, nor are they a “big box” data recovery company charging thousands of dollars for basic data recovery services.

$300 Data Recovery jumped at the opportunity to take over DriveFish’s good name, and DriveFish’s customers couldn’t be happier! Not only is $300 Data Recovery’s rate cheaper for most hard drives, but their abilities far exceed what was previously possible at DriveFish. This is because, unlike DriveFish, $300 Data Recovery are experts at firmware corruption repair (“firmware corruption” accounts for around 30% all hard drive failures/problems), they use a clean room/chamber to perform some “Level-3” hard drive repairs, and utilize the leading hard drive cloning tools (with the most advanced products from Deepspar and AceLabs). Like DriveFish, they also perform chip-level PCB repairs and have immense experience recovering data from hard drives and RAIDs with logical (“file system”) damage.

Brian Cometa, owner of $300 Data Recovery, commented, “we can’t thank DriveFish enough for giving us the opportunity to extend our low-cost data recovery services to their customers.” $300 Data Recovery has also incorporated DriveFish’s slogan, “File recovery for the people,” which has been added to a number of other rotating slogans on the front page of $300 Data Recovery’s website: www.300dollardatarecovery.com.


About $300 Data Recovery
$300 Data Recovery is the largest company in the United States to provide affordable professional-level data recovery services. $300 Data Recovery continues to distinguish themselves from all other data recovery companies with hundreds of 5-star ratings from their customers on websites like Yelp and Google+. With a $300 flat-fee for most failed hard drives, no diagnostic or attempt fees, and a unique “only pay if we recovered data you want back” policy, $300 Data Recovery offers an attractive alternative to ultra-expensive data recovery companies.

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When was the last time you backed up your data?

March 31st, 2014 No comments

Today is World Backup Day! If you aren’t backing up your computer weekly (ideally every day), then chances are you WILL loose some of your data in the future. Instead of coming to see us when your hard drive dies, check out this website for more information on how to backup your important files: http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/. If it’s already too late and you need your data recovered, jump over to $300 Data Recovery’s website for more information on how we can affordably help recover your data.

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We have a major announcement coming in a few weeks…

February 27th, 2014 No comments

Data Recovery from Snowmageddon

February 13th, 2014 No comments

DriveFish is proud to be located in the heart of the southeast, Birmingham, Alabama. It is a great place for many things, but we don’t handle snow particularly well, and have gotten more than we are used to (which is any) recently. Thankfully everyone is safe, but some packages have been delayed both incoming and outgoing. As far as we know, however, every package sent has ultimately arrived. And the Snowmageddon, or Snowpocalypse if that’s your fancy, hasn’t been keeping our engineers down! They are still working every day to provide the best cheap data recovery for hard drives, phones, and cameras available.

DriveFish Data Recovery is hoping everyone is staying safe and warm, and if your hard drive is damaged in a blizzard, we’ll do everything we can to help you recover your data!

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Happy New Year from DriveFish

January 2nd, 2014 No comments

DriveFish Data Recovery wishes everyone out there had a fantastic holidays season. We hope everyone had a great time with their friends and family, and once everything gets back in the swing of business for you, DriveFish is here for any of your data recovery needs or questions you might have about backup solutions and data loss prevention.

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Giving Thanks to the Data Recovery World

November 26th, 2013 No comments

DriveFish Data Recovery would like to extend our thanks to everyone out there who has contacted us or used our services for data recovery. Nothing makes us happier than hearing an excited customer’s voice after we tell them we’ve recovered their data. While this makes our day, we hope it’s a position you never have to find yourself in. You can read elsewhere on our blog about ways to prevent data loss. But if you ever do need our services, we’d love to hear you say “Thank you” after we get your data recovered!

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Don’t ‘Fall’ Into Data Recovery Traps

September 15th, 2013 No comments

Autumn has come and the leaves are changing, but don’t let the changing seasons leave you bare as the trees without a data recovery plan. As anyone who has read our blog in the past knows, we always encourage keeping recent backups of your data. Of course this doesn’t always happen as planned, and we understand this is when people need us. If you find yourself in a situation where you need data recovered, or if you have any questions about how to prevent data loss such as online backup plans or RAID solutions, don’t hesitate to contact DriveFish Data Recovery today!

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