Forensic chip off data recovery 2019-07-03T15:33:03+10:00

Forensic chip-off data recovery

Is your device thoroughly dead? like completely dead?

Do you have priceless data on your device that needs to be recovered? It may not be lost forever! Even if your device’s motherboard was heavily corroded, not turning on or even broken in half, chances are the embedded memory may is still intact.

So don’t lose hope just yet. There’s a process by which we can revive your data.

Pimp my Gadget is a specialist in advanced “chip-off” data recovery for a wide variety of Mobile phones and Tablets, all this is done in house within our Brisbane repair centres.

The process involves physically extracting the embedded memory chip(s) from the board and using special equipment to read the data directly from the EMMC chip.

First the chip must be freed from the logic board. The chip is hermetically sealed to the board with a tough epoxy called underfill.

The EMMC (embedded multimedia card) is a ball grid array (BGA) type chip which means there are hundreds of pads on the underside that connect to the logic board with tiny balls of solder. De-soldering the chip requires special machines and precise temperature control. The whole board is preheated and the solder is melted with an infrared laser.

Once fully removed we must determine all of the data and ground pads, and what voltages are needed for the chip to operate. EMMCs require two different precise voltages to operate. We use a microscope, a very sharp soldering tip and a steady hand to connect the 60-micrometer copper wires (that’s 40 micrometers thinner than a human hair) to the necessary pads and then to a special emulator capable of interfacing with the chip.

The process itself can take up to a week to recover the internal data, however we can also offer an express service if the process is extremely urgent for an extra charge. It is important to understand that once this EMMC chip is removed the phone will no longer be working in any way and this process is purely for the exercise of recovering important data.

Our success rate for EMMC chip-off data recovery is around 93%, however in some cases the internal memory is dead as well and data is not recoverable, unfortunately we cannot find this out until the process is completed.

Please contact us for Chip-off data recovery wholesale rates.

If you are in the unfortunate minority and your data is not recoverable the service will be free, however you will need to cover the shipping costs back to you if you would like the phone to be returned to your customer.

This service is available for any device that uses eMMc memory chips which includes the majority of older Android and windows devices but unfortunately cannot be carried out on Apple devices.

We do have a CPU Transplant service for Apple devices which can be used for data recovery purposes, contact our team for more info.

Please contact us to find out if we can recover the data off your phone or tablet,