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June 13, 2016
Banjos on the wall

Reflections on the First Month at Gillware Digital Forensics

“Those who wish to sing will always find a song.” – Celtic Proverb Just over a month ago, I made a huge leap of faith. I […]
June 13, 2016

RAID-5 Server Recovery Case Study: Corrosive Fluid Damage

The client in this peculiar RAID-5 server recovery case had pulled three 72-gigabyte SCSI hard drives (two Fujitsu, and one Maxtor) from their RAID-5 server. Some kind of […]
June 10, 2016
Samsung HDD PCB

Failed Hard Drive PCB Data Recovery Case Study: Samsung Spinpoint HD204UI

Data recovery involving a failed hard drive PCB used to be simple many years ago, when hard drives had simpler and less sophisticated designs. There was […]
June 9, 2016

Forensic Case Study: ZTE N9132 “Prestige” Prepaid Boost Mobile Chip Off

In this post, we’re taking a trip away from the Gillware Data Recovery lab and over to the Gillware Digital Forensics lab. This case is an example […]
June 9, 2016
Virtual Hard Disk Prompt - ThawSpaces

Deleted ThawSpace Data Recovery Case Study: Faronics Deep Freeze Enterprise

In this data recovery case, our client had Faronics Deep Freeze software installed on several workstations. While uninstalling the Deep Freeze software from four workstations, somebody […]
June 8, 2016

Hard Drive Firmware Data Recovery Case Study: Seagate ST3750528AS

Hard Drive Firmware is the operating system of the hard drive. It is the first thing on the drive’s platters the magnetic read/write heads try to […]
June 7, 2016
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Platter Damage Data Recovery Case Study: Hitachi Deskstar

When a hard drive starts making unusual clicking noises, it is because the drive’s magnetic read/write heads have run into a problem while attempting to read […]
May 26, 2016
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Data Recovery Case Study: Western Digital WD5000LPVX-75V0TT0 Laptop Hard Drive Failed to Boot

Windows Error leaves user unable to access their data Recovery Type: Laptop Drive Capacity: 500GB Manufacturer: Western Digital Model Name: Blue Model Number: WD5000LPVX-75V0TT0 Operating System: Windows Main Symptom: Windows Error Type of […]
May 24, 2016

Data Recovery Case Study: Western Digital WD10JMVW-11S5XS0 with Platter Damage, SmartWare Encryption

Recovery Type: External Hard Drive Drive Capacity: 1TB Manufacturer: Western Digital Model Name: Passport Model Number: WD10JMVW-11S5XS0 Operating System: Macintosh Main Symptom: Invalid Partition Table, Platter Damage, SmartWare Encryption Type of Data: Pictures and Documents […]