How to find drive’s serial number & model number in MacOS X

March 24th, 2015 25 views No comments
  1. Choose the Apple from the menu.
  2. Choose About this Mac.
  3. Choose More Info…
  4. Choose the drive type: Serial ATA
  5. Highlight the appropriate drive listed under the bus.
  6. Below you will see the model and serial number of the highlighted drive.

How to find drive’s serial number & model number in MacOS X

Frequently asked questions:

Can I update the firmware on my hard drive if it is installed in a Mac?

Yes. However, it must be an Intel-based Mac (i.e. MacPro and iMac – with Intel inside). There are other models of Macs that have Intel processors such as the MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks as well as the Mac Mini, but these drives have notebook (2.5-inch) drives which are not affected.

I have a PowerMac.  Can I update the firmware on

Set drive size with SeaTools for DOS

March 17th, 2015 40 views No comments

Some motherboard BIOSes limit your internal drive’s capacity. SeaTools for DOS can reset the capacity.

The ability to "Set Capacity" is a feature in SeaTools for DOS that will instruct the selected hard drive to report a size smaller than its true capacity during boot. The feature allows older systems with a BIOS limitation to boot with the drive in the system instead of locking up or freezing during the boot process.  Please be aware that the "Set Hard Drive Size" feature is no longer available in the current versions of MaxBlast and DiscWizard, so you will have to use SeaTools for DOS instead to set the hard drive’s capacity.  

Following this procedure will allow you to access your hard

Large Cluster Sizes Waste Disk Space

March 12th, 2015 54 views No comments
Cluster, cluster size, and slack

Large Cluster Sizes Waste Disk SpaceThe filesystem does not keep track of the disk space allocation (what space is used for which file and what is free) down to the byte level. That would require too much maintenance. Instead, the disk space divided into equal blocks called clusters. The filesystem then allocates disk space cluster-by-cluster.

This reduces the amount of overhead involved in tracking what is where, but also creates a side effect. If the file size is less than a cluster size, the filesystem still allocates a full cluster to store the file. The unused space in the cluster is thus wasted. For any file which size is not an integral multiple of a cluster size, there will be

Hard Drive Clone

March 8th, 2015 62 views No comments

How do I clone my drive so that the new drive works 100% exactly like the old one?
I have never learned anything on the HDD besides using it. Some people say I have to reinstall windows if I disk clone, some people say it’ll work exactly like my old HDD. Can anyone explain in detail how to clone?

hard_drive_cloneBacking up your data is a great way to safeguard against potential hardware failure. Cloning a hard drive creates an identical copy of everything on that drive. With a cloned hard drive you can restore your computer to its previous state or build a new computer with a setup identical to your existing one. Windows 8 has a backup and restoration

iCare Data Recovery Free

March 5th, 2015 64 views No comments

There are a lot of data recovery softwares on the market, but today I would like to wirte something about this new published free data recovery utility – iCare Data Recovery Free.

As a powerful and complete data recovery freeware, iCare Data Recovery Free is full compatiable with Windows XP/Vista/7. iCare Data Recovery Free can perform basic and advanced data resuce to help you restore data deleted, formatted or lost due to errors such as drive/system crash, virus attack etc. It can recover documents, emails, videos and audio files from storage medias including PC hard drive, cell phone, digital camera, removable media etc.

How to use iCare Data Recovery Free

Step 1 – Launch the program and you would see

Erase a Hard Drive Completely

March 4th, 2015 76 views No comments

Hello, So I want to erase the data off my hard drive from an HP pavilion so I can use it in my upcoming computer build to save money and I was wondering what are ways or programs and erase a drive. Thanks.

Erase_Hard_DriveYou may already know that "deleting" a file does nothing of the sort. But did you know that your disk drive has a built-in system for the secure erasure of data?

Before you sell away or throw your old Hard Disk Drive you need to make sure that you have completely erased it and this is important because you could have copies of your Important data stored in it and this can go to the wrong hands.

Useful Website Directories for Data Recovery Business

March 3rd, 2015 60 views No comments

If you are runing a data recovery business, to make your website popular on the web, there are some important things to do, such as adding your website to related website directories. Here is a list of data recovery related directories:

Dmoz.org Directory

http://www.dmoz.org/Computers/Hardware/Storage/Data_Recovery/

Submit for free  (Recommended)

Yahoo Directory

https://business.yahoo.com/category/Business_to_Business/Computers/Services/Data_Recovery

Yahoo directory is now linked to yahoo business. (Recommended)

Botw Directory

http://botw.org/top/Computers/Hardware/Data_Storage/Data_Recovery/

Submit for $299 one-time fee (Recommended)

JoeAnt.com Directory

http://www.joeant.com/DIR/cat/14573/Data_Recovery

Submit for $39.99 one-time fee

Ezilon Directory (United States Directory)

http://search.ezilon.com/united_states/computers/data_recovery/index.shtml

Whatuseek.com Directory

http://dir.whatuseek.com/Computers/Hardware/Storage/Data_Recovery

Alivedirectory.com Directory

http://www.alivedirectory.com/Computer/Hardware/Data_Recovery/

Some of the website directoris are free and others are not, the Dmoz, Yahoo and Botw diretory are recommend directories.

Avast Free Antivirus 2015

March 3rd, 2015 85 views No comments

Avast Free Antivirus 2015 protect your PC and data from hackers and thieves.

The Antivirus Softwares are developed to detect and remove computer viruses and other virus-related software from users’ computers. Most software includes on-demand and scheduled antivirus scans. Many softwares now include real-time antivirus protection and further spyware protection. Notable titles include AVG, Avira AntiVir, and Avast.

Avast Free Antivirus 2015 provides the essential security you need to protect your PC from hackers and thieves. In addition to the best antivirus and anti-malware protection possible, the new Home-Network Scanner scans your network for any issues, while Browser Cleanup lets you remove annoying plugins, and SmartScan allows for one-click scanning.

Website:http://www.avast.com/

New version Avast Free Antivirus 2015.10.2.2214
  • Improved Windows 10

Data Recovery Softwares 2015

March 1st, 2015 97 views No comments
R-Studio Data Recovery Software

Recover data lost to viruses, malicious attacks, hardware failures, and operating system crashes.

New Update: Version 7.6 build 156433: Support for Windows Storage Spaces created by Windows 10. Support for software Apple RAIDs created by the Mac OSX system. Accelerated disk scan for fast-read devices. Search for deleted file versions.

Free to try (256Kb-file undelete/recovery trial); $49.99 to buy.

R-Studio Data Recovery Software

File Scavenger Data Recovery Utility

Recover files and folders deleted accidentally or lost due to disk corruption.

Version 4.3 Support for the ZFS file system and RAID-Z (single and double parity). ZFS is an open-source file system and logical volume manager used in NAS devices (e.g. FreeNAS) and high-performance servers.

Support for the ReFS file systems. ReFS

How to swap Seagate HDD’s PCB

December 30th, 2013 1,677 views No comments

Today we got a Seagate HDD of 7200.10 80G SATA which needed to do data recovery.
First, connect the HDD with computer, there is no feedback. Then touch the spindle motor and motor IC, there is no computer. Form the above situation, we can judge the HDD’s problem was only caused by PCB damaged. We can swap PCB to resolve the problem.

How to swap PCB:

1.  Found a donor PCB. (Visit HDDZone.com)
Match the board number which is etched on the PCB. The number is printed on the PCB’s back side (the side without chips), as the below photo:

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2. Unscrewed the 2 PCB from HDD by using the star screw-driver.

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3. Moved the damaged PCB’s Rom chip (BIOS)