November
24, 2015

New software versions PC-3000 Ver. 6.0.14, Data Extractor Ver. 5.3.1 and PC-3000 SSD Ver. 2.0.2 are available now

The following English PC-3000 software updates are released:

PC-3000 Express/UDMA/Portable Ver.6.0.14
PC-3000 SAS Ver.6.0.14
PC-3000 SSD Ver.2.0.2
Data Extractor Ver.5.3.1
Data Extractor RAID Edition Ver.5.3.1

PC-3000 software has been supplemented with numerous significant and helpful features. The list of supported HDD families has been considerably extended. A lot of new forensic features have also appeared in the latest software release.

By updating your PC-3000 software, you will be able to enjoy the newest features and enhancements.

When preparing this release, we took a special approach. We have made this release larger and more comprehensive than the previous ones, as we planned to provide the owners of the old "green" PC-3000 UDMA with the maximum volume of useful features.

Starting from the 1st of January 2016, no software updates will be available for the old “green” PC-3000 UDMA.
All further software updates will be provided only for the new product line of the PC-3000.
You can upgrade your old tools to the new PC-3000 products till the 31st of December 2015.


DETAILED LIST OF ENHANCEMENTS

For PC-3000 Express, UDMA-E, UDMA, Portable

WD Marvell
  • The "ROM Build from SA Data" mode has been completely changed
  • It has become possible to read data from Self Encryption Device HDD and to decrypt data automatically
  • Dir address editing for all copies has been added in the "SA Regions Editor" mode
  • The "Max" button error has been fixed, which used to occur when track defects were added through the defect editor
  • The following commands have become available in the "Execute" menu:
    - Block SA Access;
    - Init HDD SA Access;
    - Allow SA Access and Restart;
  • The Dir compiling mechanism for the search\edit results has been improved for the "Modules Search in SA" and "Dir Editor" modes
  • After finding a module in the "Modules Search in SA", you can now add it from the search list to Dir
  • In the "Modules Search in SA" mode, you can now save Dir as a file and write it into RAM
  • Module writing as a static has become possible
  • In the "Dir Editor" mode, you can now save Dir as a file and write it into RAM
  • The "region shifting" mechanism has been improved
  • The "View and Edit HDD Resources" has the following improvements:
    - The "ROM Map" and "RAM Map" functionality for the RAM ranges reading
    - The processing of "next" and "previous" buttons during the ABA ranges reading
    - If module reading is interrupted, the part of module which has already been read is uploaded into the editor
  • All SA copies are now checked during the SED key searching. Keys are checked for full binary matching. If there there is no matching, the key is added as a new one
  • In the "Donor Search" mode, it has become possible to save the search report

WD Caviar Cyl32 (SATA)
  • S.M.A.R.T. clearing procedure has been improved

Seagate F3
  • In the past, a deadlock used to arise when power was turned off/on during terminal process. Now this deadlock has been fixed
  • Loader creation via terminal has been improved (when System Files information is available)
  • In 'Work with SA' -> 'Work with System Files', a new option has appeared for working with a part of a file. This option has two parameters: Offset(bytes), Size(bytes)
  • A new tool has been introduced, which helps to hide the groups of mini-zones of a drive (up to the drive head) via the NonResident G-List plugin
  • ROM ID 0xBF (SST / SANYO) is supported
  • The auto-initialization utility has become available for the Kahuna family
  • In 'Work with SA' -> 'Work with RAM', a new option has appeared for reading/writing via the terminal using the +/-/= commands

Seagate

  • The 'Safe Mode' procedure is improved

Toshiba
  • The "Zones and Heads Inactivation" mode has been added
  • The MG04ACA family is supported now
  • The defects hiding algorithm has been improved
  • The grouping defects to tracks procedure has been improved
  • The "Physical scan" test has been improved, HDD cache control option has been added ("Look Ahead")
  • For the 29GSG, 55GSX, 55GSXN families, the access to SA via SATA has become much easier
  • In the "LBA -> CHS" mode, it has become possible to select the commands: "LBA->CHS", "PBA->CHS", "LBA->PBA"

Samsung
  • When reading data in Data Extractor, you can now use the active Samsung utility actions
  • The "Work with Service Area - Table of Zone Translation" test has been replaced by a much more powerful "Tools - Utility Extensions - Disabling of Zones and Heads" tool
  • It has become easier to handle the situations when the modules table of a drive is on the first track of the service area
  • For the N3 family, an alternate parser of Zone allocation table has been implemented
  • It has become easier to handle the situations when the capacity was not changed after editing the PARAM_DM module (because the Max LBA value was set in the PROFILE module)
  • It has become possible to automatically switch into the "DBG>" mode and back while reading the ROM, which has made this procedure much more stable
  • In the "Donor Search" mode, it has become possible to save the search report
  • In the SA and ROM reading modes, you can now control the presence of the files where the data is saved

WD (all), Toshiba, Maxtor
  • In the SA and ROM reading modes, you can now control the presence of the files where the data is saved

Universal utility PC-3000 AT
  • It has become possible to save the parameters of the reading/writing tests in the universal utility

PC-3000 Kernel
  • PC-3000 Express, PC-3000 UDMA-E, PC-3000 SAS, PC-3000 Portable were successfully tested for compliance with Windows 10
  • The 'Choose Another Profile' and 'Rename Profile from Disk ID' commands have been added
  • Digital signature of the PC-3000 Kernel and the installation utility has been added
  • Automatic saving of the Log and Terminal Log has become possible for all utilities
  • For the PC-3000 Express & UDMA-E boards, additional optimization of reading/writing operations in the UDMA mode has been implemented. Reading/Writing speed has been increased by more than 5 MB/s
  • For the PC-3000 Express & UDMA-E boards, additional changes have been made to the UDMA protocol to show the transitional states of HDD/SSD on the lower Status/Error register panel. The new DMA RQ indicator has been added
  • It has become possible to choose SATA mode (SATA-I/SATA-II) and PIO Mode (0..4) for PC-3000 Express & UDMA-E boards. This feature is helpful for working with old HDDs that may work unstable in the SATA compatibility mode or may fail to support the PIO4 mode

Win7 Disk (for PC-3000 Express, PC-3000 UDMA-E and PC-3000 Portable)
  • The HDDs that are connected to the PC-3000 ports can now be mounted into the operational system due to the new driver. In case of a crash of a PC-3000 process, the drive turns off automatically

Data Extractor
  • New methods of LVM metadata scanning have been introduced. It is now possible to view the LVM segments of all versions
  • New browser of disk and file structures has been implemented. The browser database contains a variety of disk managers, file systems and different types of files
  • The VHDX virtual disks are supported now and it is possible to recover the damaged sectors of VHDX metadata from the Log
  • Virtual disk type autodetection has been added
  • It has become possible to save all the marked files and folders for several partitions (the "Save marked files" menu item was removed. Instead, a dialog window is displayed when you click on the "Save" option)
  • The following forensic formats are now supported: *.E01; *.aff; *.s01; *.001. Disk and partition images can be used as a data source and can be recovered even if they are located on a damaged drive:
    - It is possible to create a task based on disk and partition images in *.E01;*.aff;*.s01;*.001 formats;
    - A disk or a partition can be exported into a selected format (*.E01;*.aff;*.001);
    - A virtual disk can be created based on the file images which are stored on an HDD.
  • It has become possible to make a "snapshot" of the file system based on metadata integrity
  • The opportunity to work with non-LBA (CHS-only) drives has been added
  • HDDs with the sector size other than 512 bytes can now be mounted into the operational system
  • The "Recalculate statistics" mode has been added to the main “Statistics” menu
  • For the “Loss of Readiness” and “Reading Error” tabs, a new procedure has been added for the “Pause" button
  • It has become possible to delete a file when copying has been cancelled
  • It has become possible to save a copy of task parameters into the "!BackUp" folder and to recover the task from this copy
  • Enhancements for file systems:
    - NTFS. In the “Search Structures”, a new method of clusterization start detection has been added. It significantly improves the quality of data recovery in complicated cases;
    - NTFS. The procedure of encrypted files saving has been changed. Earlier, such files could not be saved. Now a file is saved in the encrypted form and also a copy is saved with the '$100' attribute;
    - FAT. Partition analysis and FAT tables recovery are now based on the legends of decrypted sectors and sectors read by the utility.
  • RAW recovery mode:
    - New LVM structures and methods of maps creation have been added;
    - New fields (name and possible dates) are displayed in the RAW recovery results;
    - The RAW recovery results can now be grouped by subcategories;
    - It has become possible to create a virtual file system based on the RAW recovery results.
  • Explorer mode:
    - For virtual file systems based on data analysis or "snapshots”, it has become possible to sort files by date and type;
    - Free space control in the process of data saving has been added;
    - Different options are now available during data saving after the required space is calculated. The process is terminated if the disk space is overloaded;
    - When folders and files are saved, all dates can be set now (not only the creation date);
    - After the marked files are saved, it has become possible to remove the marks.

RAID Edition
  • In the “Create RAID” form, it has become possible to choose the polynomial for data recovery based on RS blocks
  • It is possible to quickly mark a RAID member as a missing (dummy) disk
  • The RAID map legend can now be built based on the legends of RAID members
  • Autodetection of RAID parameters based on LDM metadata has become possible in case of GPT partitioning
  • New "Structures" tab. It increases the efficiency of interactive RAID detection and enables to determine the RAID parameters based on the analysis of file types

For PC-3000 SSD

Samsung SSD
  • The 840 EVO family is now supported
  • The following enhancements have been made for the 470 and 830 families:
    - Improved translator building algorithms;
    - New loaders added;
    - Apple SSD of the the 470 and 830 families are now supported.
  • The following enhancements have been made for the 840/840 PRO/840 EVO families:
    - Improved loader algorithms;
    - Improved algorithm of checking and reading memory chips in the loader;
    - Improved algorithm of memory chips reading in the utility;
    - Support of the 512 Gb drives (840/840 PRO);
    - Capability of hardware decryption for reading by logical sequence;
    - Improved algorithm of translator building for the 840/840 PRO family drives.
  • General changes of the utility:
    - Loader type can now be selected manually;
    - Memory chip information has been added into the "Utility Status" menu;
    - The window of family selection has been changed. Now the family can be selected by microprogram version and controller type.

OCZ Barefoot 3
  • New families are now supported:
    - OCZ Vector 150;
    - OCZ Vector 180;
    - OCZ Vertex 460;
    - OCZ Vertex 460A;
    - OCZ Arc 100;
    - AMD Radeon R7.
  • New tests have been added:
    - Low-level formatting;
    - "Clear S.M.A.R.T.";
    - Defect table report;
    - Trasfer of G-List into P-List.
  • New functionality:
    - Autodetect procedure for the drives in the “Safe" mode;
    - Clear password option for the drives in the "Safe" mode;
    - SMART attributes decoding;
    - Improved Defect Tables search algorithm.

For PC-3000 SAS
  • Full support of Windows 10 OS
  • Bug fixes in the PC-3000 utilities

Win7 Disk (For PC-3000 SAS)
  • The HDDs that are connected to the PC-3000 SAS ports can now be mounted into the operational system due to the new driver. In case of a crash of a PC-3000 process, the drive turns off automatically


All authorized technical support users will be able to get the latest software version for their PC-3000 products.
Please contact us to find out how to become an authorized technical support user.

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