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Real time current monitor in Atola Insight

We’ve got it working today. There will be two kinds of current monitors in Atola Insight: full-sized monitor and tiny monitor. Tiny monitor can stay on the screen allowing to always keep an eye on hard drive’s power consumption. Current Monitor (click to see in full size) The image above shows normal spin-up and initialization currents (5V and 12V) for a desktop hard drive.

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We’ve got an Insight

It’s been quiet in our blog last months, and for a good reason. We are currently developing Atola Insight, a data recovery solution. What’s good about it is that it covers all four phases of a data recovery process: diagnostics, firmware recovery, duplication/imaging, and file recovery. The Fourth Element Every data recovery specialist knows about the firmware recovery tools, disk duplication (or imaging) tools, and file recovery (data extraction) tools. But there is one more important thing that often gets overlooked: diagnostics. When a hard drive arrives to the lab, the very first thing a specialist has to do is to find out the current state of the hard drive. Read more…

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Restoring Factory Hard Drive Capacity

This article is a complete guide on recovering your hard drive’s factory capacity. At the end of this article there is a link to our program that recovers factory capacity of any hard drive. “My hard drive has mysteriously became smaller! How can I restore its full capacity?” There are several common reasons of why your hard drive might lose some megabytes or even gigabytes: Your Operating System does not support LBA48 addressing mode You are mixing binary and decimal gigabytes Your motherboard has created a hidden area on your hard drive to store a backup of the BIOS binaries Your PC/Laptop manufacturer has created a hidden area on your Read more…

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Smart partition recovery software

In most partition recovery software, to locate all partitions on a damaged hard drive, you have to scan the entire surface. The process, which is often pretty much useless, may take up to several hours of your precious time, and it may even take days if the hard drive is filled with bad blocks. In the worst case scenario, it can make significant damage to the hard drive, thus making the data recovery process much more complicated and expensive. While the need of scanning the entire hard drive might look reasonable, in vast majority of cases it is not needed. Furthermore, there’s no need to scan more than 1% of Read more…

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Partition Find and Mount v.2.2 released

Revolution in Partition Recovery software is coming! ;-) Today we have released a new version of Partition Find and Mount with many valuable improvements. If you are not familiar with Partition Find and Mount yet – it’s all about finding partitions when the MBR and/or Boot Sector are destroyed. In this release we were primarily focused on dealing with damaged volumes and the speed and quality of partition searching process. Reading a hard drive sector by sector takes a lot of time nowadays, so we are trying to read as little data as possible while not missing anything important. We have developed a number of techniques that allow us to Read more…