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Clean Room Data Recovery Training

The Intense School Data Recovery course provides an in-depth and hands-on exposure to the most hands on and highly technical logical and physical data recovery course available anywhere. You will learn the fundamentals of hardware data recovery which will enable you to properly diagnose dead drives and bring them back to life. You will also learn logical recovery for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, RAID arrays, Exchange server and even solid state flash NAND drives!

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  • Classroom Instructor-led Boot Camp
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  • Mentored Self-Paced Online
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Course Highlights
  • High Pass Rates - Exam Pass Guarantee!
  • Top Instructors - Readily Available
  • Hands-on skills training and test preparation


Live Online and Streaming-Only Online versions of this course are also available!

The Data Recovery course exposes you to a professional data recovery lab environment, which includes::
  • A Class 100 Clean Room Environment (maintains less than one hundred particles larger than 0.5 microns in each cubic foot of air space)
  • A SMD Rework station for diagnosis and removal of SMD components on Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives
  • Platter and head exchanging station with head combs for single and multi-platter swaps
  • Data recovery tools, write blockers, micro-tweezers and dental picks, anti-static gloves and finger cots, and much more.
  • Data Recovery Workstation with associated drive connectors and BIOS bypass tools.

Few Notes On Data Recovery Training :

It is imperative to learn how to perform physical data recovery in a Class 100 clean room training environment, such as the Intense School provides for students. Even the smallest piece of dust that falls on an exposed drive platter can damage it irreparably, making data unrecoverable.

A warning note to prospective students: Any data recovery training that is taught by self-proclaimed "industry experts" without a clean room is a likely an "edutainment show" or a potential rip-off. You won't get the detailed instruction you need to do physical data recovery outside of a clean room environment. Caveat emptor!

Intense School provides a professional data recovery lab experience for students. You will learn how to diagnose faulty PCBs, understand how to swap them with working PCBs. You will also learn critical Surface Mounted Device (SMD) rework skills using a heat gun. This includes identifying donor ROM SMDs and using rework flux to replace non-functional ROM chips.

Learning how to exchange drive platters and heads is a critical skill that requires expert instruction. The proper method for head and platter swapping is detailed thoroughly in the Data Recovery course. We also cover voice coil diagnosis and repair. You will learn the secrets of Firmware and Service Area (SA) repair for many different types of drives, including Western Digital, Maxtor, IBM and Seagate hard drives.

Intense School teaches you how to perform intermediate to advanced level logical recoveries. We make an assumption that you can already perform basic beginner-level logical recoveries of drives and jump right in to intermediate concepts. You will learn how to determine the secrets of RAID recovery, including RAID 5 recovery when one or more disks have been damaged. We cover the data recovery fundamentals of the NTFS, FAT32, and EXT file systems using a hex editor and other automated tools.

This class does not rely on you purchasing an expensive tool (such as the PC-3000) to perform data recovery.

Data Recovery Training Program Details:

The goal of Intense School's Data Recovery Training course is to train you on advanced data recovery techniques as well as advanced data analysis strategies not available elsewhere.

Total Hands-On Lab Environment in Data Recovery Training:

This Data Recovery Training neatly meshes the skills required in order to recover lost data.

Some of the attention-grabbing lectures and hands-on lab exercises you will do during the class

  • Logical Recovery of disabled hard drives
  • Using file format recognition tools
  • Logical recovery via avoiding BIOS interrupts
  • Motions that unlock the actuator of a drive
  • Diagnosing the physical recovery of drives
  • Comparing pre-recorded sound samples to live drives
  • Logic board replacements
  • Single and Multi-Platter Swaps
  • Head Assembly replacement
  • P-List and G-List recovery
  • Addressing SMART values
  • Dealing with damaged sectors
  • Reverse scanning
  • Capturing SID protected folders
  • Resolving kernel or driver issues with a Linux bootable disk
  • Head Stack replacement
  • Working with the Service Area (SA) of a drive
  • Reviewing data structures with a Hex Editor
  • Diagnosing "clicking noises"
  • Mac OS X Data Recovery
  • Linux Data Recovery
  • RAID 0 Recovery & RAID 5 Recovery
  • Vista and Recovery of Shadow Copies
  • Clearing passwords on a password protected drive
  • Solid state drive recovery
  • Firmware issues

With Intense School's Data Recovery training, you will gain the skills to propel yourself to being one of the top data recovery engineers on the market today.

Intense School Physical Data Recovery & Forensics Toolkit:

To assist students in continuing work in the data recovery profession, Intense School has compiled a customer Physical Data Recovery & Forensics Toolkit. This toolkit contains the physical tools you will need in order to perform data recovery of Hard Disk Drives (HDD) as well as Solid State Drives (SSD). The toolkit is only available for purchase to enrolled Intense School Data Recovery students, and is not available for resale.

The toolkit contains:

  • Tableau T35e Write Blocker
  • Write Blockers FireWire to SATA/IDE Bridge
  • IDE Cable/Adapters
  • SATA Cable/Adapters
  • FireWire and USB Cable Adapters
  • One External Power Supply and power cable
  • Forensic Notebook Adapters (IDE/SATA)
  • Zero Force Insertion Module
  • 1.8" Adaptor
  • 2.5" Adaptor
  • Micro SATA Solid State Disk Adapter
  • Professional Storage Bag for Kit
  • Anti-static tweezers
  • Anti-static keyboard mat
  • USB 2.0 to IED adapter
  • Static Gloves (per pair)
  • Husky HD-74501 S Torx Screwdriver
  • Husky HD-74501 V Torx Screwdriver
  • SATA to IDE Connector
  • Platter swap straws
  • Handyman divider toolbox for tools
  • 2 Custom Data Recovery Virtual Machines (dozens of "hard to find/hard to install" tools from hard drive disk manufactures preinstalled for you. Some of these tools are not even available on the internet to download
What's Included:
  • 5 Days of Data Recovery Training Instruction
  • Guaranteed small class size, you get an intimate learning setting not offered at any of our computer forensics competitors.
  • Hands-on instruction from 8:30am to 6pm every day.
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments included.
  • 3-5 hard drives for use in class
  • Lecture, Lab Exercise and Text book.
  • InfoSec's Custom Data Recovery Toolkit, includes all software used in class.
  • IACRB Certified Data Recovery Professional (CDRP) Exam Voucher

Important Note:

Because of the nature of this data recovery course, you MUST wear anti-static and particulate matter minimizing clothing at ALL times during lab exercises. Students that do not conform to these requirements will NOT be admitted to the lab. Contact us for details.

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  • Text books, Pre-Study, and Lab books
  • Complex Sims and Exercise Files

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  • Firm understanding of the Windows Operating System
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  • Attendees can be anyone involved in the recovery of information assets: information security officers and managers, network administrators, Windows administrators.