NAND Flash Data Recovery Research Phase One – Completed
NAND Flash Data Recovery Cookbook is a research paper that covers typical NAND Flash data recovery related problems from physical damage to electrical damage to firmware failure.
Today, we will find NAND Flash memory in every single of these devices: USB, SSD, SD card, monolithic flash media, Micro SD card, MS card, XD card, digital voice recorder, MP3 player, tablet, smartphone, etc. This is why the main focus these days is on NAND and technology necessary to be able to successfully recover data from it.
From the paper: “Sometime in January 2013 it became obvious that ADRECA (Advanced Data Recovery Analytics) had no valid data regarding the possibility of recovering data from digital storage media. It was at this point that NAND devices started flooding data recovery companies worldwide. The reason was obvious! NAND devices break and they malfunction! This was a relatively new field in the industry and most of us were simply not familiar with it. Most engineers and technicians did not expect the transition from HDD to NAND to happen so fast and quite frankly, most of us didn’t really know what to do. We were all keeping an eye on Ace Lab and their support, who at the time were also without a solution. In other words, in some cases … no one knew how to approach the problem! Rusolut and to some extent Soft Center are doing a great job filling this gap. Forums like HDD Guru and others revealed that a few members were way ahead the others, including myself.
NAND flash memory data recovery can easily be represented as an assembly of separate, sometimes encrypted, raw data into a RAID-like structure. The process of recovery is at times tedious. It involves techniques which are very different from the ones we traditionally use on hard disk drives. NAND flash data recovery involves no clean-room, no precise mechanics whatsoever and yet requires advanced skills like soldering, data structure, file systems and mathematics.
NAND Flash Data Recovery Cookbook guide should help you understand the concept of NAND.
I hope it will help you in your work as much as it was helpful in mine.”
Publishing this paper means that the first part of our joined research and development program is over.