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Data Recovery Training Boot Camp

A warning note to prospective students: Any data recovery training 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!

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Data Recovery Course Overview

The InfoSec Institute Data Recovery course provides in-depth 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!

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 including write blockers, micro-tweezers dental picks, anti-static gloves and finger cots, and much more.
  • Data Recovery Workstation with associated drive connectors and BIOS bypass tools.

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

InfoSec Institute provides a professional data recovery lab experience for students. You will learn how to diagnose faulty PCBs and 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.

InfoSec Institute 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.

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. Required Prerequisites:

  • Firm understanding of the Windows operating system
  • Firm understanding of computer hardware
  • Attendees can be anyone involved in the recovery of information assets: information security officers and managers, network administrators, Windows administrators, etc.

Data Recovery Boot Camp

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Certification & Compliance

IACRB’s Certified Data Recovery Professional

The Certified Data Recovery Professional (CDRP) tests a candidate’s fundamental knowledge of data recovery. Candidates must have the skills to successfully recover data from damaged or partially destroyed hard drives, sold state media and removable media. In addition to physical data recovery concepts tested, students must know how to perform logical recovery on common operating systems.

What's Included

  • Custom DR toolkit - yours to keep

  • Over 93% Pass Rate

  • CDRP Exam Voucher

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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

    InfoSec Institute Physical Data Recovery & Forensics Toolkit:

      To assist students in continuing work in the data recovery profession, InfoSec Institute 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 InfoSec Institute 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
      • Forensic Notebook Adapters (IDE/SATA)
      • One External Power Supply and power cable
      • 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)

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        Frequently Asked Questions

        Why is getting certified an important part of a Data Recovery Professional’s career?

        Achieving a certification like the CDRP is a key step towards asserting yourself as a knowledgeable and qualified professional in the Data Recovery field. This line of work requires well-trained individuals who can diagnose issues with damaged or partially destroyed hard drives, removable media, and solid state drives. Becoming certified is a great way to establish yourself as a credible professional capable of handling this highly-skilled labor.

        What career opportunities are presented to graduates of this Data Recovery boot camp?

        The threat of data loss has grown exponentially in recent years, and is a real concern for companies still adapting to a digital world of virus attacks, malware, and hard disk crashes. Experts in the computer hardware industry believe that due to increasing digitization across all industries, the future for Data Recovery professionals is bright—whether they want to focus on hard drive recovery or branch out into the field of computer forensics.

        What does this Data Recovery training course offer that other training programs do not?

        Our intensive Data Recovery Training Boot Camp is a 5-day hands-on course that provides you direct access to a top expert in the field. Additionally, our students boast the highest exam pass rate in the industry at 94%! Our labs take place in a Class 100 Clean Room Environment—an absolute necessity for the type of work that will be done. We also provide you with all the data recovery tools you will need and our custom DR toolkit is yours to keep at the end of the class!

        What are the Pre-Requirements for the Data Recovery boot camp?

        You should possess a firm understanding of the Windows operating system as well as computer hardware in general. We also require participants to wear anti-static and particulate matter minimizing clothing in order to be admitted to the lab exercises, as not doing so can disrupt the data recovery process.

        What material is covered in this course?

        We cover a wide variety of topics related to Data Recovery, including everything that you will encounter on the CDRP exam. You’ll learn how to properly diagnose and revive dead drives, the fundamentals of logical recovery, critical SMD rework skills, head stack replacement procedures, and many other important skills.

        Is the online Data Recovery Boot Camp as effective and informative as an in-person training session?

        Absolutely. We pay special attention in our more hands-on classes to make sure online participants are afforded every resource that our in-person students have access to. This includes our Exam Pass Guarantee for online students, which allows all InfoSec Institute trainees the ability to study free of stress.

        How does the CDRP compare to other security certifications?

        The CDRP is one of the top certifications available to Data Recovery Professionals, due to its emphasis on the fundamental aspects of data recovery. It covers a wide breadth of topics including methods to retrieve data from damaged hard drives across the Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Unix Operating Systems. Click here and navigate to the bottom of the post to see a more in-depth list of what sets the CDRP apart from other related certifications.

        What tools do I need to attend the training session?

        We’ll provide you with everything you need to attend and follow along with the course, including a custom DR toolkit that yours to keep at the end of the Boot Camp.

        Is an exam voucher included with the purchase of this course?

        Of course! Exam vouchers are included with the purchase of every InfoSec Institute Training Boot Camp.

        What are some tips for preparing for the CDRP certification?

        It’s important before starting the certification process to make sure you’ve brushed up on the basics of computer hardware and how to work between various operating systems. Our #1 tip, however, is to enroll in a training course like the one provided here. InfoSec Institute has provided award-winning training for nearly twenty years, and our students have the highest exam pass rate in the industry—94%!

        What’s the job outlook for Data Recovery Professionals?

        Data Recovery experts/specialists have become more in-demand in recent years, as they are needed in the event of disaster recovery planning. This is a well-paying position for professionals that enjoy highly-valued job opportunities in a fast-paced work environment. More senior level designations for CDRP holders include Senior Data Recovery Specialist, Windows Data Recovery Expert, UNIX Data Recovery Analyst, and many more. Click here to read about the daily responsibilities of a Data Recovery Specialist.

        What is the average salary for a Data Recovery Professional?

        While salary data depends on job title, years of experience, and location, the average annual salary of a Certified Data Recovery Professional (CDRP) is $85,000. For a more detailed breakdown of this data, click here.

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