Atola Disk Recycler - Questions & Answers

1.) Is it possible to operate the tool from several PC within the same LAN ?

Theoretically yes, but its definitely not recommended. It could cause problems in operation!

2.) Besides SATA and SAS, are any other HDD connector standards and sizes supported? What is about IDE, SSD or SCSI ?

"SSD drives with a standard SATA connector are supported.
You can use any SSD - even those with very special connectors, as long as there exists a
SATA adapter. (We optionally supply adapters for Asus Zenbook, MacBooks, Lenovo, etc.)
You can use all other drive standards like, LIF, ZIF, mSATA, Micro SATA and HDD sizes with
special SATA adapters.

SCSI HDD are not supported with our tool."

3.) Is it possible to clear the SMART values of an HDD ?

this is not possible. There where so many HDD manufacturers on the market with a huge
number of different drive versions. It is nearly impossible to create commands to clear the
SMART values of all the existing drive versions and those of the future.

Secondly - the only purpose to clear SMART would be to hide the age respectively that its a
used HDD."

4.) Do I need a PC to use the Atola Disk Recycler ?

you can use the tool without a PC and run one script on all 4 ports with a USB flash stick.
With a PC you can operate the 4 ports parallel - each of them with a different script."

5.) How long does it take to repair an HDD ?

"First of all - please read the above explanation. Secondly this depends on the speed of the HDD
(older ones are slow, modern ones are faster) and on the capacity to check - and finally on the
number of commands (procedures) included into the used script(s)."

6.) Is it possible to automatically unlock a harddisk / reset the password ?

"No, this is not possible.
But if you know the password, you can reset/unlock a drive with a special script command.

If you have more harddisks out of the same source of the same brand and model type, its most
likely that they all have the same password set. Build a script with all known passwords for
these drives and try to unlock. Finally, unlock those drives individually which cant be
unlocked with such a script.

To unlock a harddisk you can use one of our other Atola tools."

7.) Does the tool automatically (completely) repair a HDD if its defect ?

No, that does not work that simple:
Its most likely the best way to set up several scripts to filter the perfect working HDD from the
not correctly working ones. There are allready quite some very good scripts included to the tool.
One can use or modify them, or just read them to learn how to build new own scripts. More than
70 commands are available and scripts can be written easily with the supplied Atola software.

8.) Is is possible to just deactivate defect parts (sectors) of a HDD ?

"If there are only a few sectors defect on a HDD, then there are two choices:

  1.  One uses the built in repair script to remap defect sectors


  2. if the (most) defect sectors are located more at the end of the drive, one could reduce the 
    maximum capacity of the drive to exclude the defective areas.

It is not advisable to remap defect sectors of a higher number, its most likely that the HDD
will fail sooner or later with a lot more defect sectors."

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