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Hardware and Software

We use various professional data recovery tools, equipment, and software in our daily work. Many of our members are beta testers for some of these developers, which help the manufacturers/developers get the most from their product, which feeds down to the data recovery industry

Professional Data Recovery
Hardware and Software Combinations

The following is a list of professional data recovery hardware and software combinations. This is not an exclusive list, but details the products most often used in the industry for the majority of recoveries that require hardware intervention of some kind. 

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ACE Lab is generally considered the leader and trendsetter in tool development in the professional data recovery industry. Under the PC-3000 trademark, ACE Lab develops proprietary data recovery technologies, and provides customers with the most comprehensive and reliable professional data recovery tools on the market through its PC-3000 product line. It is generally agreed that ACE Lab has set the standard for professional data recovery tools by continuously perfecting it, and remains the proven leader in the field.

ACE Lab purpose-built solutions combine best-of-breed technologies, world-class solutions and deep-rooted expertise. PC-3000 systems are now being sold worldwide, in 125 countries. ACE Lab employ a team of extraordinarily skilled and creative minds keen on research and development, and talented and dedicated customers who participate with us in creating the most powerful and efficient data recovery solutions available.

Products

  • PC-3000 Express

  • PC-3000 UDMA

  • PC-3000 Portable III

  • PC-3000 SAS

  • PC-3000 SSD

  • PC-3000 Flash

  • PC-3000 Mobile

Types of media ACE Lab supports

  • Hard Drives (HDD)

  • Solid State Dives (SSD)

  • All Flash Media (USB, SD, MSD etc)

  • Limited support for Cellphones

  • RAIDs

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DeepSpar Data Recovery Systems is an Ottawa, Canada-based company dedicated to providing "serious gear for data recovery professionals."

 

DeepSpar began in 2001 as a small data recovery service provider. Finding a lack of appropriate data recovery equipment and methodologies in the marketplace, the company engaged in increasing amounts of internal R&D to fill the gaps. As DeepSpar's in-house tools improved, they garnered interest from other professional data recovery service providers. It didn’t take long before requests for those tools outstripped requests for DeepSpar’s services — prompting the company to restructure in 2004, winding down the service side of the business and focusing exclusively on building professional data recovery technologies. Since then, DeepSpar Data Recovery Systems has dedicated all of its resources to building field-tested solutions for data recovery professionals, emerging as the market standard in data recovery and helping hundreds of organizations grow their data recovery capabilities.

Products

  • Deepspar Disk Imager

  • Deepspar Disk Imager (with PCIe add-on for DDI 4)

  • Deepspar Disk Imager (SAS)

  • Deepspar Disk Imager (USB Add-on)

  • USB Stabilizer

  • RapidSpar

Types of media Deepspar supports

  • Hard Drives (HDD)

  • Solid State Dives (NVMe)

  • Flash Media (via USB Stabilizer)

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Rusolut consists of a team of professionals in the field of digital forensics, data recovery and reverse engineering. Rusolut is focused on developing technologically advanced and easy-to-use solutions for Data Recovery and Digital Forensics engineers and other experts to make their daily work easier, faster and more effective.

 

To provide users with maximum benefits and results in the NAND flash data recovery industry, we designed a Model, which combines best-of-breed solutions, intensive training classes and professional technical support.

Products

  • Visual NAND Reconstructor

  • EMMC-NAND Reconstructor

Types of media VNR supports

  • All types of Flash Media (USB, SD, MSD, Monolith, Some SSD's)

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Flash Extractor software is used for data recovery from flash and SSD drives memory dumps

Every month appear new models of flash devices. Each new device has different internal physical and logical structure. We analyze it and release updates of our software weekly. There is a library of supported models inside of the program. These drives can be easily recovered. If you have an unknown model, you can try to use built-in controller layouts for manual recovery or ask our tech support for help

Products

  • Flash Extractor

Types of media Flash Extractor supports

  • All types of Flash Media (USB, SD, MSD, Monolith, Some SSD's)

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Dolphin Data Lab has sold its data recovery products to over 110 countries. Dolphin Data Lab has gained a lot of happy users and reputation among them. Dolphin Data Lab is one data recovery technology-based company and over 95% of the company staffs are engineers, from software developing engineer, interface designing engineers, hardware engineers and firmware-level developing engineers.

The most popular data recovery tools from Dolphin Data Lab are the DFL series tools including the DFL-SRP,DFL-WDII, DFL-DE, DFL-DDP, DFL-STII and the cost-effective head and platter swap tools.

Products include

  • DFL-SRP USB3.0 All In One

  • DFL-PCIe Data Recovery Recharge

  • DFL-URE Plus NVME Version

  • DFL-URE USB Version

  • Surface Pro Recovery Toolkit

Types of media Dolphin supports

  • Hare Drives

  • USB Drives

  • Some chip off

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Professional Data Recovery Software

The following is a list of professional data recovery software. This is not an exclusive list, but details the products most often used on the industry for the 'logical' recoveries. 

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UFS Explorer Professional Recovery is an expert-level software instrument created to address highly complicated data recovery challenges. Along with linear electronic media, like hard disks, thumb drives and memory cards, the program handles RAID-based storages with various layouts, including standard, nested, custom and specific configurations – Drobo BeyondRAID, Synology Hybrid RAID, Btrfs-RAID and ZFS RAID-Z.

 

The integrated decryption algorithms make it possible to open volumes encrypted with BitLocker, LUKS, FileVault 2 and APFS without having to unlock them in the operating system. The software also supports numerous file systems used in Windows, Linux, macOS and BSD, offering direct access to their content, well as a variety of storage technologies, among which are Windows Dynamic Disks, Storage Spaces and deduplication, Apple Software RAID, Core Storage and Time Machine, Linux mdadm and LVM with Thin Provisioning. Furthermore, the application allows working with various virtualization systems, like VMware, Hyper-V, VirtualBox, QEMU, XEN and many formats of disk images.

Moreover, UFS Explorer Professional Recovery features extended possibilities for efficient processing of storage devices, especially ones that demonstrate certain hardware problems. The software offers an advanced procedure for opening storages with parameters as to their usage and an opportunity to save a sparse image file with the processed data. Operations with drives connected to DeepSpar Disk Imager can be performed via LAN and controlled by the software without the need for any third-party solutions. A full or partial image of a disk can also be created with the help of an embedded imaging function with various settings for disk reading and omission of damaged blocks. A map with defective areas can be generated during imaging or through the conversion of used/free file system space to mask and employed during the recovery procedure. The raw content of files and storages can be analyzed and edited directly in the software with a broad set of supplementary tools.

Sysdev Products include

  • UFS Explorer Professional Recovery

  • UFS Explorer RAID Recovery

  • UFS Explorer Standard Recovery

  • myCCTV Recovery

Types of media UFS Explorer supports

  • All types of storage media (not hardware failure)

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R-Studio Technician is Intended for digital forensic labs, data recovery businesses, or individuals, it provides them with a first-class professional data recovery tool set that can solve most of the challenges they could ever face. Besides powerful data recovery features, it includes a versatile file previewer that helps you estimate the chances for a successful data recovery, a flexible RAID reconstruction module with custom-defined RAID configurations, modules for data recovery over a network, and a professional text/hexadecimal editor; an all-in-one, fully integrated application.

R-Tools  Products include

  • R-Studio Technician

  • R-Studio

  • R-Undelete Home

  • R-Photo

  • R-Linux

Types of media R-Studio supports

  • All types of storage media (not hardware failure)

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ReclaiMe Pro is powerful data recovery software specially tailored for data recovery and forensic experts. 

 

Filesystem recovery
Common Windows filesystems: FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, ReFS

Mac filesystem: APFS, HFS, HFS+

Linux filesystems: EXT, XFS, BTRFS, UFS, ZFS. This specifically includes EXT4 and XFS on volumes larger than 16TB.

ReclaiMe Pro includes an extra undelete option for EXT2 and EXT3.

VMware filesystem: VMFS used in ESX servers.

Reads common Windows, Linux, and MacOS partitions: MBR, GPT, APM

Reads complex partitions: Windows Dynamic Disks (LDM), MD-RAID (all levels), LVM (stripe/span only, no LVM RAID5).

Automatic sector size detection on disk images and clones where sector size of the copy does not match the sector size of the original.

 

RAID recovery
Manually define RAID configuration: JBOD, RAID0, RAID1, RAID1E, RAID10, RAID5, RAID6, and RAIDs with delayed parity.

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For more than 20 years the owner of DiskTuna has developed data and file recovery software. The owner, Joep, is actually a member of this group. DiskTuna now specialises in photo reapir and NAND flash recovery. And specifically in photo repair. They also offer repair of video or audio files.

DiskTuna also offers an Online JPEG/Photo Repair Service. They serve customers world-wide, however most their clients are from the USA or Europe. This is a manual service unlike similar services, and this allows Joep to repair digital photos that others can’t. You can also try the tool Joep created to do these JPEG repairs. My Specialized Data Recovery Service is limited to photo and video recovery and the most common media types they’re kept on: Removable, flash based devices such as SD Cards and USB Flash Drives. Information in Dutch is here.

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Manufacturers of Head Swap Tools

Essential to any professional data recovery operation is being able to work on mechanically failed drives. In order to do that successfully, we need 'head tools' which help us to precisely change failed read-write heads in mechanical hard drives 

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HddSurgery is an innovative technology company devoted to building professional hard disk data recovery tools. Company was founded in 2009. in Belgrade, Serbia by experienced data recovery experts from HelpDisc Data Recovery Company. Professional equipment from HddSurgery helps data recovery and computer forensics companies to improve their clean room techniques and data recovery processes.

HddSurgery provides professional data recovery tools for hard drives with malfunctions:

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Head stiction
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Apex Tool Lab has been a data recovery laboratory since 2007. In 2015 we started to produce professional high-precision and affordable data recovery tools.

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