Firmware corruption is rare for modern hard drives, but when it occurs, there is no way to extract data until the firmware has been successfully repaired. This is one of the most difficult tasks a technician can be challenged with. Recovering firmware requires a lot of experience and expertise in the field, as well as extensive training on how to use the difficult, expensive firmware recovery products.
Even with the proper knowledge and tools, firmware work is still time consuming. The Atola Insight's revolutionary Automatic Firmware Repair function repairs corrupted firmware in less than 5 minutes with 2 mouse clicks. This is the industry's first and only user-friendly firmware recovery product.
Using the Atola Insight, the operator can quickly and easily backup firmware files from any connected hard drive. These files can be recalled for use later during the same case or in the future for cases involving the same hard drive models.
Firmware files can be quickly and easily extracted for editing, and can be written back to the drive using the Insight's smooth and user-friendly interface.
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The Atola Insight Forensic provides firmware recovery capability in two ways: by automatically repairing firmware and providing direct access to firmware files for manual repair. Different sets of hard drive models are supported for each of these approaches due to differences in firmware design by the hard drive manufacturers. For a complete and up to date list of supported hard drive models for firmware recovery, see the supported drives page .
Less than 10% of data recovery cases with modern hard drives involve firmware corruption. Occasionally, a manufacturer will release a hard drive with flawed firmware and data recovery labs will see a spike in firmware recovery jobs for a period of time.
This depends on the HDD manufacturer and hard drive model. Each hard drive has its own preferences for where firmware data is stored.