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 Stabilizer, flash drives and ‘the big three’

Just FWIW. I have been experimenting with imaging flash. Using R-Studio, ReclaiMe Pro and UFS Explorer, the ones that I consider ‘the big three’. I don’t know how well this extrapolates to ACE DE. In all experiments Stabilizer was used, all with same time-out (300 ms) and reset options (power-cycle). Speed optimization was set to standard.… Read More »

Physically broken SD Card – Data Recovery

Seems that many articles about ‘broken SD cards’ refer to software solutions. If a SD card is truly physically broken no software will be able to help. Suggestions to format the card, use DiskPart, run chkdsk are just bullshit (pardon my French). Broken SD Card Micro SD cards If we talk about the standard form… Read More »

SD geheugen kaart bevriest computer, gegevens redden, data recovery (NL)

Probleem: SD geheugen kaart niet leesbaar (SD card, micro SD card) Symptoom: Computer bevriest wanneer SD kaart in lezer aanwezig is Doel: Data recovery Computer bevriest bij detecteren SD memory kaart Om deze symptomen  te verklaren moeten we bergijpen wat er gebeurt wanneer Windows een opslag apparaat detecteert. Windows zal proberen een aantal meta-data structuren… Read More »

Repair and recovery of digital photos

[automatically translated. Original language Dutch] DiskTuna has extensive experience with generic data recovery but specializes in recovering photos from small flash-based data carriers (SD cards, USB thumb drives, etc.). DiskTuna is also one of the few (worldwide!) That is able to repair corrupt digital photos. You can read all about it on this page. You… Read More »

What makes photo and video recovery challenging?

Photo recovery challenges are often related to small flash based drives Most cases that land on my desk arrive as photo or video repair tasks. As I have stated before, many of those are the result of botched recovery jobs, or corruption is caused by a file system or physical issue with the drive. Also,… Read More »

USB Flash drive not detected after fall

Will a USB flash drive survive a drop? Modern USB Flash drives are quite solid and will most likely survive a fall due to their monolithic design. Older USB keys typically consist of several components micro soldered to a flimsy PCB. Apart from the smaller chip (the controller) and the large chip (NAND flash memory),… 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 »

Repairing corrupt .aac (Advanced Audio Coding) files

Corrupt .aac files Although no advertised service I received an email from someone asking if I could repair .aac files. Until I try I can not answer yes or no. My interest was further sparked by the fact the extensions for the files changed to .kasp which suggests files were corrupted by ransomware. What helps… 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 »