The first job was to find replacement electronics that closely matched the original drive and you could not simply go on the PCB number. For the best chance of a successful PCB swap with fujitsu drives it was necessary to match as closely as possible the following;
FUJITSU MHW2160BH PL
PCB ca26343 b84304ba
PART No CA06820-B39800AP
I was fortunate to find an exact match for the PCB and obtain a complete drive from San Diego , see picture below , this then could enable a possible head swap if necessary for data recovery
The corrupt file system could not be repaired with either the Mac disk utility or the Mac Disk Warrior utility. The users account folder was completely missing so I now had to perform a raw data recovery. A Raw data recovery involves bypassing the drive’s file system , in this case HFS, and scans the drive sector by sector looking for file signatures for files such as jpegs , word docs , mp3s etc.
I use R-Studio in the first instance for finding file signatures but in addition also use Active File Recovery Professional as I feel the latter performs better at this task. After running both programs and feeling that I have recovered all photos , documents, music and videos that were possible. The client informed me that he was looking for a lot of videos from his camera and one in particular that he could remember was of a plane flying over the boat he was in.
As you can see in the picture below I was successful
Strangely enough I didn’t have to go to expensive products to find the missing videos they were in fact recorded in an early Qucktime video format called mdat which is not used much for distribution purposes any more. The only tool that could find these files was a FREE TOOL called Photorec.
Photorec is a free tool but has the ability to find more, picture , video formats them any pro tool.