I am very interested in learning more about data recovery, particularly when it comes to Flash devices (chip-off/monolithic). HDD & SSD are also on the list but realistically, I'll leave that for the pro's for now as I suspect Flash will be more than enough on my plate . I currently do micro-soldering repairs (hence my interest in Flash) on Apple products, including data recovery, but when it comes to iDevices, you have to fix them in order to be able to recover any data.
I'm curious on what folks here believe would be a good "first tool". There's not much comparative info out there but from what I can gather:
- SoftCenter Flash Extractor is a go-to solution but the cost, especially the annual support subscription, seems high and the long-term support seems to be based on what mood the developer is in.
- RuSolut VNR looks like the most powerful tool but is probably "too much" for a beginner. The upfront cost and annual support fees seem like a good deal though, at least in comparison to SC-FE.
- PC-3000 Flash is backed by the industry leader but I don't see it being used much, at least from my superficial review of the limited information out there.