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Jun
29
ACE Lab is Еxtending Partnership Networks
Posted by Administrator ACE on 29 June 2022 02:38 PM

The end of May and the beginning of June was the time for ACE Lab participation in numerous online and onsite events, meetings and exhibitions: meetups and presentations in Turkey and in the UAE, the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference in Germany, IT-Forensics Roadshows in Egypt and Pakistan, and the Ondata Live Webinar.

Meetups and Presentations in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey

It was great to see our exclusive reseller of the PC-3000 Tools for governmental organizations in Turkey – Veri Kurtarma Hizmetleri Ltd. Sti. Together, we are launching the PC-3000 Data Recovery Training at our partner’s premises in Istanbul soon. To learn more about the training in Turkey, contact training@acelab.eu.com.

In Turkey, our team also made presentations for law-enforcement customers on the useful features of the PC-3000 for their investigation needs, and even solved some cases onsite. Our customers were delighted by the way the PC-3000 can solve such cases that had seemed to be hopeless, and by the support that is provided by ACE Lab to the PC-3000 users.

ACE Lab Meetups in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the UAE

In the UAE, ACE Lab Team conducted plenty of meetups for local enterprises as well as digital forensic organizations and law-enforcement agencies together with the partners in the region mhc Service and SAT. At the customer’s end, our engineers demonstrated how the PC-3000 Tools can be applied to the customers’ tasks, showed which issues exactly can be solved with the PC-3000, and answered a lot of questions.

PC-3000 at GPEC, Germany

This year it was the 12th Edition of the International Exhibition and Conference for Internal Security, Law Enforcement and Homeland Defence held in Frankfurt am Main. 7,091 participants from 55 countries on 5 continents registered for GPEC 2022 gathered there to meet 503 exhibitors from 33 countries and see the latest trends and innovations in the field.

ACE Lab was represented at GPEC 2022 by our partner in Germany mh SERVICE GmbH who demonstrated the capabilities of the PC-3000 Tools for data extraction from even damaged and password-protected devices.

PC-3000 at IT-Forensics Roadshows Egypt & Pakistan

In June, ACE Lab took part in the IT-Forensics Roadshows in Egypt, Cairo, and in Pakistan, Islamabad. This series of events has been organized by our partners in the UAE and GCC Region – mhc Service. 60 information security professionals, incidents response team members, auditors and financial fraud examiners, digital forensic analysts, first-line investigators, federal agents and law enforcement specialists came there to network, discuss the trends in the field, the issues and the methods to solve them, and to see the presentations on the digital forensic tools and latest methods offered.

The PC-3000 Tools were showcased at the roadshows and our technical engineer made a presentation to the visitors of the event on how the PC-3000 can be useful for their investigations.

ACE Lab at OndataLive

On May 25, ACE Lab made a presentation on popular issues in HDD and SSD data recovery at Ondata Live – a series of free online webinars devoted to data recovery and digital forensics topics organized by our partner in Spain Ondata. In our presentation, we introduced some of the new features which later on were implemented in the PC-3000 Software Version 7.1.x.

Later on, we made a video on this topic where we demonstrated the latest options in more detail and provided explanations on how to use the new features while dealing with your cases. You are welcome to rewatch that video on ACE Lab YouTube Channel:

 

We were glad to showcase the PC-3000 Tools together with our local partners and to demonstrate to data recovery and digital forensic specialists how to get lost data with the help of ACE Lab technologies.

 

If you would like to have an ACE Lab event in your country, please contact our Marketing Coordinator at prm@acelab.eu.com.


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Jun
20
A Video on the PC-3000 Software Version 7.1.x Main New Features
Posted by Administrator ACE on 20 June 2022 03:25 PM

In the latest PC-3000 Software Version 7.1.x, many new cool features have been introduced: unlocking the Techno Mode for WD SED drives of all SMR 2.5" and 3.5” families without a special unlocked PCB, the support of LVM2 thin pools and PS5016 PCIe 4.0 NVME drives, loaders for PS3111 and SM2259XT controllers, and much more!

In this video, our technical support engineers demonstrate the main features from this update, and show you how to use them while dealing with your cases. Sergei speaks on getting access to modern self-encrypted WD HDDs as well as describes the new opportunities of the PC-3000 Seagate Utility, while George shows how to extract data from Phison PS5016 PCIe NVMe SSD via the Techno Mode.

WATCH ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL:

If you have more questions on how to use the new features from the latest PC-3000 Software Update, you are welcome to contact our technical support via the New TS Portal ts.acelab.eu.com or by email ts@acelab.eu.com.


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Jun
3
The New PC-3000 Software Version is Released
Posted by Administrator ACE on 03 June 2022 02:19 PM

Great news for the data recovery community: with the new PC-3000 Software Update, you can unlock the Techno Mode for WD SED drives of all SMR 2.5" and 3.5” families without any custom PCB. It’s the easiest and most convenient way how to do this!

This release has also brought the support of LVM2 thin pools and PS5016 PCIe 4.0 NVME drives as well as loaders for PS3111 and SM2259XT controllers. These features and many more are already available in the latest version of the English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean software:

  • PC-3000 Portable II-III/Express/UDMA-E software Ver. 7.1.6
  • PC-3000 SAS software Ver. 7.1.6
  • Data Extractor / Data Extractor RAID Edition software Ver. 6.1.6
  • PC-3000 SSD/SSD Extended software Ver. 3.0.4

At the moment, we continue to release the 32-bit software update. The _x64 and _x86 distributions are available for downloading and installation. We recommend installing the _x64 version on Windows 10 OS.

All authorized technical support users will get the latest software version.

Contact us to learn more on how to become an authorized technical support user and receive the recent PC-3000 Software Updates:

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A SHORT LIST OF THE MAIN ENHANCEMENTS

 

PC-3000 Portable, Express, UDMA

WD Marvell HDD

 ADDED  Unlock techno mode for WD SMR SED drives NEW!

Сustom PCB is not required anymore!

Seagate F3 HDD

 ADDED  support for Cimarron (B5) family
 ADDED  Load translator to HDD RAM, Load MCMT to HDD RAM options in the test menu for working with the translator

Data Extractor

 ADDED  the support for LVM2 thin pools
 ENHANCED  UTF8 to UNICODE conversion procedure for the XFS, EXT, UFS, RFS file systems

ReFS File system

 ADDED  option for building a sectors map based on the used/unused space and metadata for ReFS

PC-3000 SSD Extended (for PC-3000 Portable III)

Phison

 ADDED  support for the PS5016 controller (Apacer AS2280Q4, AORUS ASM2NE6)
 ADDED  new loaders for PS3111 and SM2259XT controllers

 

 

A DETAILED LIST OF ENHANCEMENTS

 

PC-3000 Portable, Express, UDMA

WD Marvell HDD

 ADDED  Unlock SED HDD mode to unlock the WD SED HDD TechnoMode of the following families: NEW!
  • Palmer
  • Charger
  • SpyGlass2
  • Venice
  • VeniceR
  • Carmel
  • CarmelR

Сustom PCB is not required anymore!

 ADDED  Unlock mode for WD SED drives with 512 KB and 1 MB ROM
 ADDED  support for 3.5" CarmelR and Tresul families
 ENHANCED  reading module 190 for Carmel family (reading only the sectors being in use)
 ENHANCED  T2 Reading and Analyze mode

Added:

  • translator data comparison mode
  • descriptions of the parameters of the translator "tree" and its verification
 ENHANCED  mode for resizing and moving SA modules. Now you can move multiple modules

Seagate F3 HDD

 ADDED  support for Cimarron (B5) family
 ADDED  Load translator to HDD RAM, Load MCMT to HDD RAM options in the test menu for working with the translator
 ADDED  Upload Write Protect to RAM and Exclude TRIM Records from MCMT RAM Image option in the test menu and in the actions of the utility for DE
 ADDED  an auto-initialization wizard to Clear Device Fault state for the following families:

  • Moose
  • Crockett
  • Desaru
  • Brinks
  • Casey
  • Muskie
  • Wyatt
  • Holliday
  • Pharaoh
  • Hepburn
  • Mantaray
  • Julius1
  • SAPta15
  • Bogart
 ADDED  the ability to switch the drive to the command mode and stop the engine at the end of the process in Work with the Flash ROM image file and HDD autoinitialization in the Load adaptives into HDD RAM mode
 ENHANCED  MCMT \ Edit plugin for a more complete analysis of the integrity and obtaining the information necessary when restoring a damaged MCMT
 ADDED  the ability to stop the spindle for the duration of the operation (TechSpinDown) during the head map building in DE
 ADDED  TLER / ERC / RTL control to ID editing
 ADDED  the ability to work with the keys of the T>F command to editing the ID via the terminal
 ADDED  the modes of working with the ID have been switched to a dialogue with the ability to choose which parameters can be edited and which ones can remain as they are
 CHANGED  redesigned ROM parameter editor

Added:

  • editing the QNR container version. It allows you to select an active instance of the firmware
  • the editor of the logical head map is decoupled from relying on the physical map. It allows you to edit the logical map if the physical one is not found
 ADDED  SAP Control Flags editing (in RAM) utility action - editing ROM parameters in RAM - SAP. Flags, RRO Mode, Seek Flags (Slow Seek, Stop calibration at OD)
 ADDED  a method to bypass the sgm0 code memory write lock (used in disabling advanced loader load control)
 CHANGED  the algorithm for selecting Sysfiles that are skipped by default, triggered by the button to skip non-critical ones
 ENHANCED  ROM reader module for the Rosewood AF family.
 ENHANCED  ROM reading algorithm (accelerated)

Samsung HDD

 ENHANCED  the algorithm for ID editing (VANGO family)

Toshiba HDD

 ADDED  support for 2-byte CP (Config Pages) for the following families:

  • MQ01AAD
  • MQ01ABDH
  • MQ01ABD
  • MQ01ABFH
  • MQ01ABF
  • MQ01ACF
  • MQ01UBD
  • MQ02ABDH
  • MQ02ABF
  • MQ03ABB
  • MQ03UBB
  • MQ04ABD
  • MQ04ABF
  • MQ04UBD
  • HDWMD
  • HDWE1
  • MG05ACA
  • HDWQ1

 ADDED  plugin to extract the CP list from ROM

HGST-IBM-ARM

 ENHANCED  the procedure for auto-detection of families. Now the factory names of families are displayed

HGST-IBM-M28

 ADDED  the ability to describe the position of the head map in the NV-RAM image for the Custom Family

PC-3000 Kernel

 ADDED  additional script compatibility control when loading for cases when the script requires a running utility
 ADDED  compatibility mode for the PC-3000 Portable III which allows to run the tool on USB2.0 ports (previously USB 3.0 was critically required)

PC-3000 Toolkit

 ADDED  support of national characters for profile names and directories
 ENHANCED  utility interface: closing tabs with Ctrl+W, added a switch button to the DE task, switching to the utilities menu when closing the utility

Data Extractor

 ADDED  the support for LVM2 thin pools

Please note:

  • for Thin pool adding on drives with LVM2 Thin pool, it is necessary to launch the Scan LVM2 metadata option. The window with the request for scanning is also shown during the first partition access attempt
  • after this scan, if the drive has a Thin pool, an additional row is shown in the Add Thin Pool menu. After clicking this option, a metadata scan of all such volumes will be launched
  • if in LVM2 viewing filter "Show unqiue" or "Show all" is selected, DE will parse all the available versions of Thin pools and add all determined volumes with version of LVM2 metadata
  • if the Thin pool is located on several drives, all these drives should be added into the Task and on each of them 'Scan LVM2 metadata' should be performed (partition with metadata has "_tmeta" in the name)
  • on the partition with Thin pool metadata, it is possible to build a sectors map of the metadata
 ADDED  automatic method for map building using the data of a virtual FS (any analysis result) and the RAW scan result of the original partition (or a part of it). Available in the context menu of virtual FS

Can be used for building a virtual machine which has missed/lost information about its location or for building a dynamic virtual machine which has missed/lost information related to internal translation

 ENHANCED  Export report in the csv format option. Added SHA256 hash-sum calculation
 ENHANCED  UTF8 to UNICODE conversion procedure for the XFS, EXT, UFS, RFS file systems

ReFS File system

 ADDED  option for building a sectors map based on the used/unused space and metadata

PC-3000 SSD Extended (for PC-3000 Portable III)

Phison

 ADDED  support for the PS5016 controller (Apacer AS2280Q4, AORUS ASM2NE6)
 ADDED  new SSD models:
  • Apacer AS2280Q4
  • AORUS ASM2NE6
 ADDED  universal support for other PS5016-based models

If you get an SSD based on PS5016 which is not listed, please contact ACE Lab TS

PS5013 controller

 ENHANCED  translator building algorithm

PC-3000 SSD (for PC-3000 Portable/Express/UDMA)

Phison

 ENHANCED  loaders selection algorithm for all Phison-based controllers
 ENHANCED  SSD profile work algorithm. Now, when you create and select an SSD profile in the LDR mode, the identification data is taken from CP 8002. This allows you to create profiles with unique names
 ENHANCED  SSD profile work algorithm

PS3111 controller

 ADDED  new loaders
 ENHANCED  translator building algorithm for drives with SBFMBA.x firmware

SM2259XT controller

 ADDED  new loaders

PC-3000 SAS

HGST SAS

 ADDED  support for HUH7210xALx20x (AriesHC10) family

Seagate SAS

 ENHANCED  working with the Flash ROM image:
  • improved the patch algorithm
  • added patch type 2, for the EP.v8 Thunderbolt5xxe family
  • added the Show Info button which shows the information about the loaded ROM in the log

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May
24
Join ACE Lab at Ondata Live on May 25, 2022
Posted by Administrator ACE on 24 May 2022 02:05 PM

ACE Lab is to take part in Ondata Live on May 25, 2022!

OndataLive is a series of free online webinars devoted to data recovery and digital forensics topics organized by ACE Lab partner in Spain – Ondata Company. This webinar will start at 09.00 am (Madrid Time, GMT+2), May 25.

At 09.30 am, we are going to give an online presentation about popular issues in HDD and SSD data recovery. ACE Lab Chief Services Officer Roman Morozov will talk on how to extract data from Phison PS5016 PCIe NVMe SSD via the TechnoMode and on how to get access to modern self-encrypted HDDs with the PC-3000.

 

To watch the webinar, registration is required.
For more details, you are welcome to contact the Ondata Company directly.

REGISTER


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May
16
See the PC-3000 at GPEC 2022, Germany
Posted by Administrator ACE on 16 May 2022 07:30 PM

See the latest PC-3000 technologies by joining ACE Lab partner mh SERVICE GmbH at the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference in Germany!

The event will take place on May 31 — June 02, 2022 at Messe Frankfurt am Main. More information on the address and time is here.

This year it is going to be the 12th Edition of the International Exhibition and Conference for Internal Security, Law Enforcement and Homeland Defence. Participants from 36 countries on 5 continents have already registered to take part in GPEC 2022. 436 exhibitors from 29 countries will talk there about the latest trends and innovations in the field.

ACE Lab represented at GPEC 2022 by our partner in Germany mh SERVICE GmbH will demonstrate the capabilities of the PC-3000 Tools for data extraction from even damaged and password-protected devices including PCIe NVMe SSDs and mobile phones. It is a great chance to see the PC-3000 in action and learn much new about forensics data recovery. Visit us at:

Hall: 3 EG
Booth: F68
The participation is accessible for visitors from national and international security authorities.
Registration is required in order to visit GPEC.
For more details on the conditions, fees, and other questions you are welcome to contact the conference organizer directly.

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