May
25, 2017

The newest versions of PC-3000 Express/UDMA-E/Portable Ver. 6.3.8, PC-3000 SSD Ver. 2.4.4, Data Extractor Ver. 5.6.3, are available now!

The following English, Japanese and Chinese software updates for PC-3000 and DE are released today:


  • PC-3000 Express/UDMA-E/Portable Ver. 6.3.8
  • Data Extractor Ver. 5.6.3
  • Data Extractor RAID Edition Ver. 5.6.3
  • PC-3000 SSD Ver. 2.4.4

Continuing the strategy of constant perfection, ACE Lab developers have substantially enhanced the functionality of PC-3000, Data Extractor and PC-3000 SSD in the latest Software Update. New modes and methods, a wider range of supported drives, more supported file systems, greater possibilities for working with encrypted partitions – all of these and many other features are available in the new Update!

SHORT LIST OF THE MAIN ENHANCEMENTS:

WD Marvell

  • Added the 'inflation' of physical defects into P-List and the possibility to match the zone allocation table;
  • Added the separation into micro-zones for 'Zones and Heads Inactivation' mode to save the reserve area of HDD.

WDC Marvell COM/USB

  • Improved sending of techno-commands to WD HDD UDB (now the commands are working with any SATA-USB bridges);
  • Added the response to the interruption of speed autodetection during operation via COM-port.

Samsung

  • Added the dialog for the Platform ID selection value from the ROM in the Burn-resource Download Wizard;
  • Added the possibility to write the Downsize Geo Script in the 'Download File into HDD' test.

Seagate F3

  • Added correction to avoid hangup of hybrid drives Kahuna family in case of NAND damage (for CFW ROM);
  • Added new ability to upload the Loader via Terminal.

Hitachi-IBM-ARM

  • New features have been added into the quick techno-command list (button on the right panel):
    • Disable Autoreassign in RAM;
    • Disable Lookahead in RAM.

PC-3000 Kernel

  • Added the alternative utility choice by the controller for SSD utility;
  • Added full SATA HDD identification for PC-3000 SAS;
  • 'Download Microcode' mode has been added into the Tools for all utilities;

Data Extractor

  • Added the Bitlocker decryption if the user password is not set;
  • Added option to analyse damaged EncryptedRoot.plist.wipekey (FileVault);
  • For virtual machine the capability to control parameters of disks which are the basis of virtual machine was added;
  • Added support of new XFS file system version;
  • Added operation possibility for systems from the same Extent in cases without correct VMFS LVM Info structure;
  • Added support of new compression types for ZFS;
  • Improved partial structure analysis of Catalog file with 4K sector size drives.

Data Extractor SAS

  • Added power supply control option for drives in task settings;
  • Added multipass copy.

Data Extractor RAID Edition

  • Added autodetection method based on AppleRAIDHeader;
  • Added autodetection method for RAID-Z(1,2,3);

PC-3000 SSD

  • The alternative utility selection by controller type has been added into PC-3000 Kernel;
  • AMD/Barefoot 3" utility has been added.

SanDisk Marvell

  • Added possibility to set drive capacity manually in case if autodetect works incorrectly;
  • New SSD family has been added into the support list;
  • Added possibility to work through COM Port connection (for SSD drives which do not work normally through ATA);
  • The possibility of parameter autodetection for family-dependent SSD has been added (Common SanDisk family).

Micron/Crucial Marvell SSD

  • Bootloader mode option has been added.

New Utilities for Phison-based drives


DETAILED LIST OF ENHANCEMENTS

For PC-3000 Express, UDMA-E, Portable

WD Marvell

  • Added the new Blade family;
  • Added the User Area cylinder quantity into the status bar;
  • Added the 'inflation' of physical defects into P-List and the checking on the correspondence of the zone allocation table;
  • The 'State Sector' mode has been improved and renamed to 'HDD State'. Added data of CP01 and the LBA of Zone Allocation Table;
  • Added the possibility to disable utility notifications about unsafe user actions;
  • Improved the 'Add Module Record' mode in Dir editor;
  • Solved the problem of one-head drives in the 'Physical Test' and 'Zones and Heads Inactivation' modes;
  • Improved ROM writing, added automatic SA access blocking. Changed writing from file dialog (fast transition to the profile is possible now);
  • Improved re-writing of the selected module from the file/database in the 'Modules Directory' mode;
  • Added 'Resets' into utility start menu;
  • Added the command 'Restart Utility in the Normal Mode' in Kernel mode;
  • Added the separation into micro-zones for "Zones and heads inactivation" mode to save the reserve area of HDD;
  • Improved ABA operation. Now the hardware instead of the software address translation into the System Area (ABA) is made with a copy;
  • Added 'P-List/Translator Consistance Checking' mode. This mode is available from the 'Surface Test' menu;
  • Removed the reading mode (ID/ABA) request dialog for all utility tests with the reading access to SA modules. Instead, the shortcut buttons have been added to the right panel;
  • Added the control of scan parameters in the 'Physical Test' mode;
  • Improved error processing of the techno-protocol. Added the 'SATA PHY Waiting' after the 7F error appearance. If the PHY does not turn on, the process that caused the error is interrupted;
  • Added Recalibration, Warm Reset, Spin Down, Spin Up, Spin down and Restart into the 'Utility Actions';
  • Added the option of Soft Reset sending into the 'Head Map Changing" in ROM and RAM. If the option is enabled, the warning does not appear.

WDC Marvell COM/USB

  • Improved sending of techno-commands to WD HDD USB (now the commands are working for any SATA-USB bridges);
  • Added the possibility to add HDD with 0 capacity into the USB HDD list;
  • Added the response to speed autodetection interruption during the work via COM-port.

Samsung

  • Improved the 'Read From Active PC-3000 Utility' mode. Now the DE shows the window with log, where the stages of translator building are shown;
  • Changed the interface of dialog windows 'ROM File Writing' and 'Module FIPS Writing';
  • For F4, F4_3D, MT2, MP4 drives the procedure of size determination of the FIPS module when reading it and unloading it from the ROM dump is improved;
  • Fixed the 'File not found' error when re-opening the defect list in the "Select by LBA" dialog of the zone translation table editor;
  • Improved the method of "Platform ID" obtaining for F1_3D and F2_EG drives;
  • Improved the initialization algorithm with RAM head map correction for M9T drives on the 0x1F platform;
  • The Trinity utility:
    • Added the dialog for Platform ID value selection from the ROM into the Burn-resource Download Wizard;
    • Added the possibility to write the Downsize Geo Script in the 'Download File into HDD' test.

Seagate F3

  • "Clear FormatCorrupt" action has been switched to operation via Terminal;
  • The ability to request the information about Sys Files (Terminal comand: "T>y") has been included into the group of alternative Sys Files list initialisation;
  • The following actions have been added into the DE for Active Utility mode:
  • - waiting for HDD readiness (need to specify waiting time, mS);
  • - terminal command execution. ATTENTION! At the end of command sequence it's necessary to use ^R for switching into ATA mode;
  • New ATA actions have been added into the "Defect table" menu:
    • to clear the Alt-list.
  • New ATA actions have been added into the "Translator" menu:
    • to recalculate the translator (with P-List, Non Resident G-List) - similarly to m0,6,3 with Alt-list pre-clearing;
    • to recalculate the translator (with Alt-List) - similarly to m0,6,3.
  • Added ability to select copies for Sys Files backup feature;
  • Added ability to initialise the list of Sys Files in utility from T>y terminal command - 'Obtain a List of Sys Files from the HDD (terminal, T> y)';
  • Added new ability to upload the Loader via Terminal;
  • Automatic backup has been added into 'Work with ROM' during ROM reading from drive;
  • New actions have been added to the 'Work with ROM' menu:
  • Fixed 'No HOST PhysReadyStatusFlags/BSY' problem for drives newer than PHARAOH family (should be applied to DiskFW);
  • Fixed 'SenseCode 87270000 (WriteProtect)' problem (should be applied to DiskFW);
  • Changed Techno-mode unlocking- 'Grenada Tech Unlock' and its removal;
  • Added correction for drives with Yeti kernel (MOOSE, PHARAOH, etc.) which allows 'to pause' starting Disk FW (similarly Grenada Tech Unlock patching) and its removal;
  • Added correction to avoid hangup of hybrid drives Kahuna family in case of NAND damage (for CFW ROM).
  • Added Read / Write ROM feature for Crawford family;
  • Added new family 86 = YarraX;
  • Improved procedure of automatic passport correction in RAM (SMP is detected forcibly).

Hitachi-IBM-ARM

  • New features have been added into the quick techno-command list (button on the right panel):
    • Disable Autoreassign in HDD RAM;
    • Disable Lookahead in HDD RAM.

Maxtor

  • Minor fixes and improvements.

PC-3000 Kernel

  • Added Reset options (Soft reset, Hard reset) into the utility start window;
  • Added alternative utility choice for controller for SSD utility;
  • Changed view of the SMART feature (Parameter changes are displayed at the user's request);
  • 'Power Monitor' has been redesigned and included into HDD status (for PC-3000 Express with Intelligent Power Supply Unit);
  • 'Download Microcode' mode has been added into the Tools for all utilities;
  • Added error handling of I2C protocol during the access to the Intelligent Power Supply Unit For PC-3000 Express;
  • Added full SATA HDD identification for PC-3000 SAS.

WinDisk utility

  • Minor fixes and improvements.

Data Extractor

  • Fixed the bug at file saving with format 8.3 (the saved file has the same name as the existing file in the current directory);
  • Added the Bitlocker decryption if the user password is not set;
  • Fixed cases when the capacity of decrypted FileVault disk was detected incorrectly;
  • Added option to analyse damaged EncryptedRoot.plist.wipekey (FileVault);
  • Capability to work with damaged encrypted partitions is more stable now;
  • Added capability to create several Forensic repositories concurrently;
  • Fixed memory leaks for encrypted FileVault disks;
  • Head information is reported now in a log for error handling of the readiness state (for cases with built head map only);
  • For virtual machine added capability to control parameters of the disk which is the basis of the virtual machine;
  • In sector editor the option 'Based on Task Parameters' was added. If the option is enabled then utility reads sectors based on task parameters, otherwise it tries to read unread sectors again;
  • In Explorer mode the 'Refresh' algorithm is modified. In this algorithm unread sectors and sectors with reading error are read from the source drive based on task parameters. The rest of the options of Explorer mode for disk and file systems perform single access to the source drive;
  • For RAW recovery and GREP modes and for creation of virtual disks based on a map, the map is used in order of the current sequence;
  • Added the 'Work with Copy' button;
  • In Explorer mode disk initialization algorithm is modified. When zero sector is empty (or unread), the utility checks for the GPT table, otherwise it checks for characteristic file system structures. Read retries number is minimized. Found virtual partitions are added in case of initialization interruption as well.
  • Added ability to interrupt task initialization and to skip script realization of disks which are connected to ports;
  • Added support for LVM volumes with big Extents;
  • The algorithm of 'Jump Size' editing for error handling is modified. Its modifications don't reset 'Read Retry' parameters now;
  • Improved speed of checking/unchecking operations for catalogues with too many files (more than one million);
  • For tasks with USB drives working via utility the visibility of menu buttons is stable now. Improved source disk report;
  • Improved algorithm for map operation 'Merge Maps without Crossing';
  • Bug fixes and other minor improvements.

RAW recovery

  • Improved 'initial' data analysis increases the speed of RAW recovery and RAW recovery-based functions;
  • Neighbouring VMFS structures are joined into one item;
  • Added capability to build virtual NTFS partitions based on zero MFT record. This option is useful for cases when Boot and its copy are lost;
  • Added option for MFT map creation based on RAW recovery results. This map can be applied to NFTS partition;
  • Improved algorithm of ZFS Name/Value Pair List search;
  • Bug fixes and other minor improvements.

File systems

NTFS

  • Implemented result consolidation of Partition analysis (or NTFS structures) with the same boot sector and block size;
  • Added parsing of MFT and INDX records with BAAD instead of the signature in Native-partition;
  • Improved method of virtual partition creation based on MFT record 0.
  • USN analysis procedure transferred from "Scan MFT" to "Scan MFT+INDX" method;
  • Improved USN analysis procedure;
  • Improved algorithm for $20 non-resident attributes;

FAT

  • Minor fixes and improvements

ExFAT

  • Fixed the address issue on partitions more than 4 Tb capacity.

XFS

  • Added support of the new XFS file system version.

VMFS

  • Added operation possibility for systems from the same Extent in cases without correct VMFS LVM Info structure.

ZFS

  • Added support of new compression types;
  • Added a new metadata scan method;
  • Added display of Snapshot in the directories tree;
  • Fixed issue with some catalog types interpretation.

HFS+

  • Fixed issue with partial structure analysis of Catalog file with 4K sector size drives.

Data Extractor RAID Edition

  • Added ARECA index placement method for Reed-Solomon blocks for the controllers made by this vendor;
  • Added index appointment methods for all Reed-Solomon blocks in the table;
  • Added autodetection method based on AppleRAIDHeader;
  • Added autodetection method for RAID-Z(1,2,3);
  • Added analytical method 'RAID Member Statistics' in the RAW recovery mode. It allows to recognize the block size, shift and RAID type.


For PC-3000 SAS

Data Extractor SAS

  • Added power supply control option for drives in task settings;
  • Added multipass copy;
  • Fixed some issues with task opening (in particular tasks with non-standard sector size like 520 bytes).


For PC-3000 SSD

PC-3000 SSD

  • The alternative utility selection by controller type has been added into the PC-3000 Kernel;
  • 'JMicron(Toshiba)/JMicron based SSD' Utility has been renamed into 'Kingston/JMicron';
  • 'AMD/Barefoot 3' utility has been added;
  • 'Marvell/VanGogh' utility has been divided into two:
    • 'Crucial/Marvell';
    • 'Micron/Marvell'.
  • 'Marvell/VanGogh 2' utility has been divided into two:
    • 'Intel/Intel 510';
    • 'Plextor/Marvell'.

SanDisk Marvell

  • Added possibility to set drive capacity manually in case if autodetect works incorrectly;
  • New SSD families have been added into the support list:
    • Genesis;
    • Vulcan (ASUS proprietary interface);
    • X110 (M.2 2260).
  • The possibility of parameter autodetection for family-dependent SSD has been added (Common SanDisk family);
  • Added possibility to work through COM Port connection (for SSD drives which do not work normally through ATA);
  • New tests have been added:
    • Reading chip ID;
    • Saving dumps from memory chips;
    • EEPROM writing;
    • View password information;
    • Translator loading from drive RAM;
    • STAR Formatting.
  • New form "Utility Status" has been added.

Micron/Crucial Marvell SSD

  • Bootloader mode option has been added;

New Utilities for Phison-based drives

  • PS3105 Utility has been improved with data recovery functions (Corsair Nova, Crucial V4);
  • NEW PS3108 Utilities for Kingston SMSM150S3, Silicon Power Slim S55, Smartbuy Ignition 2 have been added;
  • NEW PS3109 Utilities for Patriot Blaze, Smartbuy S9M, Corsair Force LS, Silicon Power Slim S55 have been added.

Basically, right now it doesn't matter which SSD manufacturer you have if the drive is based on Phison PS3105, PS3108, PS3109 controllers. All such drives are supported!

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