Data recovery Company DriveSavers appears to be the first company to successfully extract data from M1-powered Apple Macs that are “damaged beyond repair”.
The company claims its engineers have identified the steps required to access data stored on the latest Apple devices and developed a technique for surgically transplanting M-series silicon onto new, functional boards.
“Through dedicated research and development, DriveSavers Data Recovery engineers have determined the optimal techniques for secure and effective data recovery, reducing the risk of data lossthe company said in a press release (opens in new tab).
Hacking the Mac
Typically, recovering data from a damaged Mac’s SSD is no small feat. As our sister site Tom’s hardware (opens in new tab) explains that the SSD controller is embedded in the M1 SoC, so if the chip is damaged, the data can actually get stuck.
In addition, in order to access data, a number of components must remain connected to each other via the printed circuit board, which further complicates the data recovery process.
However, DriveSavers claims to have solved these problems by reverse engineering Apple’s security protocols to understand the conditions that must be met in order to retrieve data.
“The talent and expertise of DriveSavers data recovery engineers is unparalleled,” said Mike Cobb, Director of Engineering, who made no attempt to hide his pride in the achievement.
“Add to that the company’s vast inventory of donor devices, including the latest MacBook Pro, which we can strip for parts in the blink of an eye. DriveSavers is hands down the most capable in
recover data from these ultra-advanced, ultra-secure devices.”
The announcement of DriveSavers will be music to anyone who has damaged a recently purchased Mac, but also sheds light on the importance of a comprehensive data backup strategy.
The best way to avoid data loss is to follow the 3-2-1 rule: keep three copies of your information about two different media types (e.g. cloud storage and external hard drive), of a copy kept in a separate place. By following this method, device owners will minimize the need to turn to a data recovery service in the first place.