Data Compass Standard

ccording to our pioneer 3+1 Data Recovery process, the stage following the drive restoration will be data recovery using Data Compass.

After bringing the faulty drives back to life, as a data recovery professional, you know now you need to recover the damaged file system by using file system recovery software; and maybe you know also you need to do a disk imaging in order to perform an accurate, stable hard drive recovery.

Unfortunately, traditional disk imaging tools and methods are designed to work on good HDDs only, not the patient HDDs that are unstable or inaccessible because of media defects and unstable heads, which are common challenges of Stage 2 in practice. Even more, with those traditional disk imaging tools, the time spent and the ordinary user-level repeated read access to the media bring a risk of second and even multiple damages to the disk and heads, making the lost data irretrievable.

But now there is a better way: The disk probing equipment included in the Data Compass suite bypassing the disk-level problems such as multiple bad sectors, damaged surfaces, malfunctioning head assembly, or corrupted servo info, besides, you can use the default data recovery software or any other defined data recovery software you have been familiar with (R-studio, Winhex, any) to perform file recovery. Through the Data Compass, patient drives will become intact hard drives and ready for file recovery attempts..

What can Data Compass do?

Data recovery from physically damaged HDDs is what Data Compass designed for.

  • Data recovery from HDDs with severe multiple BAD sectors, which appear because of platter surface scratch or malfunction or instability of the magnetic head assembly (MHA).
  • Data recovery from HDDs that start to produce "clicking" sounds, which may be caused by corruption of sector servo labels or a MHA malfunction. If some heads or surfaces are damaged it is possible (before installation of MHA replacement) to create a copy of data using the remaining good surfaces or drive heads.
  • Logical analysis of FAT,NTFS,HFS,HFX,HFS+,EXT2,EXT3 file systems in the software complex allows data recovery from all brands of hard drives and flash drives in cases, when the drives are detected in the bios and only logical data structure is corrupted.
  • Recover undetected drives: WD ROYL firmware loading from either primary head or secondary head, you don't need to change head when there's head damage but to recover the data directly with Data Compass; Hitachi firmware Emulation is optimized by clicking on the "auto loading" and then the program will detect the HDD info automatically and load the corresponding firmware resources to restore the drive and then recover the data directly;
  • When used with malfunctioning drives, Data Compass complex often allows selective extraction of necessary data to your customers without reading all data from a drive ("recover data by file" without creating a complete disk image) saving a lot of time. In some cases, when drive malfunctions, they may cause constant self-damages (like scratches on disks or unstable MHA), these are the only means to recover the lost data from such kind of patient drives. With the ShadowDisk technology adopted, users need not to worry about the drive degradation problem.

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