PC-3000: 25 Years at the Forefront of Data Recovery
To celebrate this important date we’ve decided to run a little quest for our customers. The rules of our special PC-3000 Anniversary Challenge are pretty simple: complete a set of given tasks to earn a 25% discount for the PC-3000 Express Limited Edition System with a unique engraving.
HOW THE PC-3000 TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED THE WORLD OF DATA RECOVERY:
|PC-2000 Tester for HDDs
with ST506/412 interface
|PC-3000 Tester for IDE HDDs
Ver 1.0. (1994)
PC-3000’s origins can be traced back to the first tester for repair of MFM/RLL drives based on ST506/412 interfaces developed by ACE Lab. The history of the brand itself began with the idea that the name of the tester should be displayed on the 7 seven-segmented indicators located at a small distance from one another: the first 2 indicators were designed to show the condition of the device, the next 4 ones - the number of a cylinder, and the last one - the number of a head. Since the name was supposed to be catchy and look to the future, it was decided to call the tester PC-2000, where PC stands for personal computers and 2000 – for the third millennium.
For the next ACE Lab tester created in 1994 to work with IDE HDDs, it was necessary to think of another name, so it got a name change to “PC-3000”. Along with expanded functionality, the new product contained all the prerequisites for future innovations. It started to gain professional attention and earned the reputation of a universal and reliable tool.
In between 1995 and 1999, following the demand, ACE Lab expanded the PC-3000 with specialized utilities for Western Digital, Seagate, Kalok and Xebec HDDs. In 1998 the number of such utilities increased to 20 to support the widest range of storage media brands. From that point on, ACE Lab solutions began to form a base for the world renown and market leadership.
In the year 2000 ACE Lab released the PC-3000 PRO tester-board with 2 switchable IDE ports and the first version of Data Extractor. Introduction of these two tools had a large impact on data recovery community allowing for more success in recovering data from damaged devices.
The middle 2000s were marked with a release of the PC-3000 for Windows PCI and the Data Extractor PCI. The new controller had 2 independent IDE ports which allowed users to simultaneously work with two devices. The demand for new ACE Lab products remained very high. In 2006 the first solution for SCSI HDD repair and data recovery had been introduced: the PC-3000 for SCSI hardware-software product.
In 2007, ACE Lab designed a new PC-3000 for Windows UDMA with 2 independent IDE/PATA UDMA-66 ports and Data Extractor UDMA. These products were internationally recognized as the worldwide standard for professional data recovery equipment. At the same time, the ACE Lab developers conducted extensive R&D to present the fundamentally new PC-3000 Flash solution to recover data from NAND based devices and the Data Extractor SCSI software as an add-on to the famous PC-3000 for SCSI tool.
|PC-3000 PCI developed in 2004
|PC-3000 UDMA (PCI) developed in 2006
|PC-3000 for SCSI developed in 2006
The year 2019 began with the release of the new PC-3000 SAS 6 Gbit/s - a best fitted tool for faster data recovery from SAS/SCSI HDDs. Also two big announcements are already in store: PC-3000 Portable III and PC-3000 Mobile will come on the market soon and definitely take the whole industry up ahead.
There is still so much work to be done! We believe that ACE Lab is just at the beginning of a very long journey to a bright tomorrow.