PC-3000 Portable III SSD System. How to Recover Data and Evidence from NVMe Drives. Silicon Motion Family (SM2260, SM2263XT, HPH8068).

The NVMe Solid State Drives are becoming more and more popular nowadays. According to IDC statistics, the PCIe SSD market share will grow to a 61,4% in 2020. At the same time, the SSDs based on the M.2. PCIe NVMe interface present a great challenge for everyone who tries to recover data and evidence from these storage media devices. Some of the specialists have semi-solutions to get access to at least healthy drives, some engineers just abandon such tasks.

But it’s 2020, and ACE Lab is here to deliver you the world’s first solution for data and evidence recovery from both healthy and damaged NVMe SSDs. The PC-3000 Portable III SSD/Ultimate Systems and the special universal M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD/M.2 SATA SSD adapter included in the delivery kit are a result of years of experience and research that allows everyone to successfully work with such drives in the Techno Mode. 

As of now, the following NVMe SSD drives are supported:
  • ADATA XPG SX7000;
  • Radeon R5;
  • HP EX900;
  • Lexar NM600;
  • Zion NFP03;
  • Transcend MTE110S;
This list is going to be expanded with software updates.
In today’s article, we will show you how to deal with such drives taking the ADATA ASX7000NP as an example. For those who prefer the video content, we have left the video guide on how to recover data and evidence from NVMe-based ADATA ASX7000NP SSD with damaged internal firmware at the end of this article.
First of all, we need to connect the damaged NVMe drive to the Port 0 of the PC-3000 Portable III via the M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD/M.2 SATA SSD adapter. 
Launch the software. The correct port (Port 0) and storage media type are already chosen. You may also use the Autodetect button or choose them manually. 

Power on the SSD and start the Universal Utility to check the drive’s condition.

The wrong ID and capacity indicate the Firmware corruption.

The next step is to select the utility for the connected PCIe NVMe device. It’s the ADATA -> Silicon Motion (NVMe) controller 
Then switch the NVMe SSD to the Safe Mode and upload the Loader. This will allow accessing technological commands. The Utility will ask about that: 
You need to short the pins on your NVMe drive as shown in the Utility and press OK:
When the utility asks, remove shorting and press OK. 

The Safe Mode is initialized. It is now necessary to build the virtual Translator to access the data:

The process will take some time. Please wait until it ends.

After building a virtual Translator process it’s possible to create a Data Extractor task based on a current launched Active utility 

…and save the needed data from extended partition:

Here is the video tutorial on how to recover data from damaged ADATA ASX7000NP SSD based on the M.2 PCIe NVMe interface: 

If you have any questions regarding the NVMe SSD support or recovering data from PCIe NVMe SSD, feel free to contact our TS Team.

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