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File system corruption and USBC folder and files..

This is a quick write up after some initial research into occurrence of sectors that start with the string USBC or 0x55534243. These are common cause for data loss and can be hard to recover from. I think I see why data recovery software is often unsuccessful as these sectors appear to be ‘inserted’ causing… Read More »

WD MyBook Live drives wiped – Data Recovery

Earlier this week ‘rumors‘ started spreading about WD MyBook Live NAS devices were remotely instructed to return to factory settings. Well, this is no longer a rumor, it is happening. I write this blogpost as I learn new stuff about this issue so nothing of this is written in stone and I will update and… Read More »

Recover lost or deleted Bitcoin Wallet.dat using R-Studio

While this blog post covers my initial ‘research’, intention of this blog is to give an easier to digest guide into recovering or undeleting a Bitcoin wallet.dat file. Note that if you delete files or lose files due to formatting on a SSD, they are beyond DIY Recovery!! In that case you increase chances of… Read More »

Can data be recovered from an erased or zero filled drive?

Overwriting Hard Drive Data: The Great Wiping Controversy Okay, this is another one that annoys me: The claim, the myth that certain three letter agencies can recover data from erased or zero filled hard drives. The claim that those can magically ‘read’ and reconstruct data from ‘latent magnetic residue’ (I am not making this up,… Read More »

Corrupted Micro SD Card freezes computer

If inserting a corrupted Micro SD Card, that you need to recover data from, freezes your computer, then this kind of puts you into a catch 22 situation. For recovery software to work the card needs to be detected and ID correctly. As long as it doesn’t you will be unable to recover your data.… Read More »

JpegDigger’s JPEG repair feature explained

JpegDigger features a JPEG repair option. What is this and what can it do? Repair will not per se result in a perfect image. It can however repair JPEGs to a degree where they can be opened and viewed, including their flaws. JPEG structure Let’s first look at how a JPEG file is organized internally.… Read More »

Some thoughts on signature based file recovery

But first, file system based recovery I am A ‘Windows person’ and deal with data recovery on file systems that were for the most part designed by Microsoft. As a consequence I can predict with reasonable certainty the chances of successful data recovery after you formatted your NTFS drive. Because I understand what such a… Read More »

Everything you always wanted to ask a data recovery pro but were afraid to.

This post is just a quick pointer to a new Reddit sub created by several data recovery professionals; r/AskADataRecoveryPro. Reddit is an internet discussion / social media platform where all kinds of topics are discussed. These topics are in separate ‘sub-reddits’. Anyone can easily create a sub-reddit. People who post on Reddit are referred to… Read More »

USB flash drive keeps freezing / disconnecting – Recover Data

A USB flash drive constantly freezing and disconnecting is most likely a sign of degraded NAND. NAND has a finite number of erase/write cycles, the cheaper the NAND used, the smaller this number is. Also certain conditions can lower the number, such as the drive being exposed to heat.  Despite numerous sites recommending you run… Read More »

If photos can be recovered, I will.

In several places on this website I make the bold claim that I may recover your photos even if: File recovery or photo recovery software does not. File or photo recovery software recovers corrupt photos. Other labs can’t or recover corrupt files … Of course this is a claim you should not take my word… Read More »