Advance Firmware Repairing


Data recovery is an essential process in computing that involves retrieving lost, damaged, corrupted or inaccessible data from secondary storage devices when the data cannot be assessed in the normal way. Data recovery comes into play due to several factors. The most common scenarios where data recovery is needed are an operating system failure, logical failure of the storage devices, physical damages to the device, accidental deletion and formatting, and malfunction of the storage device. The simple solution is to copy the data from the damaged device to another device that works fine.

Why do we need Firmware Repair tools then?

Often a data storage device might be self-damaged. This can be understood when there is no detection of the drive or the drive shows 0 space available in BIOS, Smart errors, and so on. In such cases, the methods mentioned above are not applicable as the hard disk is not working.
Now every hard disk has its own management script, also known as the firmware. The firmware consists of different command levels like G-list, P-list, T-list, SMART table and others. Using these firmware repair tools, the damaged firmware modules can be repaired and passwords can be removed before working on the data recovery process. The firmware tools can repair firmware failures of hard drives and helps us to recover the data from such hard drives.

Functions that the firmware repair tool can perform:


  • Repair two hard drives simultaneously.
  • Adding common commands quickly and manually for direct execution.
  • Read/ write firmware modules
  • Full HDD tests
  • Read or write SA areas
  • Common failure solutions and secure data recovery.
  • Translator operations and Smart operations.

The common issues that are easily repaired by using firmware repair tools:

  • No detection
  • Detection in BIOS, yet not showing in disk management.
  • Slow performance of the hard disk
  • Dump error in windows
  • F1 error at start-up
  • Formatting issues
  • SMART error detection
  • Partial access

Course Modules:

1. Introduction of hard disk firmware
2. Introduction to Hard Disk Firmware repair tools

  • ACE lab PC 3000
  • Dolphin data lab
  • MRT data recovery tool

3. Insides of firmware

  • What is the firmware of hard disk?
  • Defect list concept
  • Translator
  • Modules: Data, Management, Techno
  • Where firmware store in hard disk
  • What is the negative cylinder/track of the hard disk?
  • Information of service area, System Area, data area

4. WD firmware repairing

  • Identify WD hard drive family
  • WD Hard disk recognize bye HDD label
  • WD hard disk PCB information
  • Use of PCB short connection point (TV9, TV10, P9, P10)
  • How to Convert USB hard disk to SATA for DR work
  • Compatible SATA PCB for USB hard disk
  • Common problems of firmware in WD hard disk
  • Setup guide of MRT tool
  • WD power on test
  • Status flag explanation
  • What is microcode: SA microcode, ROM microcode?
  • ROM module explanation (0A, 0B/20B, 30, 47, 0D, 4F)
  • Regenerate damaged ROM
  • WD important firmware module overview ( 01, 02, 03, adaptive module 40 , ATA modules (10,11,13,1B,5C,80), module 49 and 4A , 148 , 189, 190 )
  • Defect list modules: module 31, 32, 33, 36
  • Working flow and case studies with MRT
  • Case study 1: how to backup and write ROM.
  • Case study 2: how to backup SA firmware.
  • Case study 3: backup firmware by track.
  • Case study 4: write SA firmware.
  • Case study 5: how to reset SMART.
  • Case study 6: how to fix the slow issues.
  • Case study 7: initiate busy hard disk.
  • Case study 8: how to edit HDD ID.
  • Case study 9: how to remove ATA Password.

5. SEAGATE Firmware repairing

  • The overview of Seagate hard disk structure
  • How to start working with MRT
  • Process to do when the hard disk has no capacity
  • Seagate track read and write
  • ABA read and write
  • How to locate and fix SMART tracks
  • How to write module
  • How to writing system file
  • How to loading firmware
  • Seagate head replacement
  • Overview of ROM structure
  • Head adaptation parameters of ROM
  • Recover data by head map tools when heads damaged
  • Method of repairing bad sectors

6.Introduction to Samsung, Toshiba and Hitachi firmware and repairing.

In the data recovery market, there are limited persons who want to share their data recovery knowledge because they were spending a lot of time and money in research and practice to find out and test those data recovery knowledge and tips.
This Advance firmware Data Recovery Training course is the most hands-on and highly technical logical data recovery course. The goal of the advanced firmware Recovery Training course is to share knowledge and tips on firmware tools, workflow and provide a better understanding of firmware problems and solutions to all our users and help them in an easier way of success in the data recovery field.

Our attendees:

  • Professional Data Recovery service provider.
  • Start-ups in the data recovery service business
  • Bulk hard drive seller.
  • Computer/laptop repairing service provider
  • Scrap hard disk repairer
  • E-scrap buyers
  • Hardware and networking training provider
  • IT students and educational centres

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