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I hope this this thread is not dead by now, but I have the same problem with my Seagate 1.5 terabyte drive (ST31500341AS- Barracuda 7200.11). Called the company. As soon as I told them the part number and serial number they said it was hopeless, but my drive's symptoms seem to be exactly like those described in this thread.

One day the drive was there, the next day it wasn't. The BIOS did not allow the system to boot, although it would identify the drive. The BIOS states that there are ZERO megabytes on the drive. The drive was set up to boot Win7 RC. The drive powers up, and I can hear the actuator arm do the normal seqence just like my other 1.5 TB drive. There is no evil grinding noise. The drive cannot be read on other computers. The computer that the drive came from works fine with the other Vista and Xp boot drives. Jumpering the two left sided pins to slow down the drive does no good.

I have attempted a PC board switch -- no luck, cause the boards were manufactured too far apart. I tried the My77stang CA-42 cable and reprogramming fix. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to communicate with the drive using Hyperterminal or any other program. I believe the problem may be due to the wire designation on my part. Not all CA-42 cables are made the same, and many do not have the Tx, Rx, GND, Vss designation on the USB to TTL converter board. In one cable, the six colored wires set was completely different. The other two cable I tore apart only had three wires (white, blue, black). One normally assumes that GND is either black or green, but I am still unable to get any sort of handshake. I tried buying the exact same blue cable as pictured in the beginning of the thread, but was sent a generic cable, again with the blue, white, black whites and no labels on the converter board.

I would hook the wires up to an oscilloscope if I had one. Is there any way to easily dertermine the proper wire designation on the generic cable and get Hyperterminal to talk to my drive?
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Originally Posted by jroymd View Post
I hope this this thread is not dead by now, but I have the same problem with my Seagate 1.5 terabyte drive (ST31500341AS- Barracuda 7200.11). Called the company. As soon as I told them the part number and serial number they said it was hopeless, but my drive's symptoms seem to be exactly like those described in this thread.

One day the drive was there, the next day it wasn't. The BIOS did not allow the system to boot, although it would identify the drive. The BIOS states that there are ZERO megabytes on the drive. The drive was set up to boot Win7 RC. The drive powers up, and I can hear the actuator arm do the normal seqence just like my other 1.5 TB drive. There is no evil grinding noise. The drive cannot be read on other computers. The computer that the drive came from works fine with the other Vista and Xp boot drives. Jumpering the two left sided pins to slow down the drive does no good.

I have attempted a PC board switch -- no luck, cause the boards were manufactured too far apart. I tried the My77stang CA-42 cable and reprogramming fix. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to communicate with the drive using Hyperterminal or any other program. I believe the problem may be due to the wire designation on my part. Not all CA-42 cables are made the same, and many do not have the Tx, Rx, GND, Vss designation on the USB to TTL converter board. In one cable, the six colored wires set was completely different. The other two cable I tore apart only had three wires (white, blue, black). One normally assumes that GND is either black or green, but I am still unable to get any sort of handshake. I tried buying the exact same blue cable as pictured in the beginning of the thread, but was sent a generic cable, again with the blue, white, black whites and no labels on the converter board.

I would hook the wires up to an oscilloscope if I had one. Is there any way to easily dertermine the proper wire designation on the generic cable and get Hyperterminal to talk to my drive?
I pm'd the threads creator for you, hopefully you'll get a response sometime in the next 12hrs. Welcome to ocn
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jroymd, Dude just send it in to i365 and if it is a firmware problem they will fix it for free! All the information on the drive still exists, but is just unaccessible because of the firmware. My drive just went out about a week ago, and they fixed it in about 3 days. I work really close to where Seagate fixes their harddrives in Santa Clara, so it wasn't a problem for me.

What firmware do you have? If it is version sd15 firmware, then it is a simple fix and they will do it for free!
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I'm glad to see this thread is still of some service to everyone, loosing a hard drive is a real pain in the butt to say the least.

I don't think we're allowed to link to eBay on here, but an auction number from the guy I had originally bought my cable from is 370128943335 and the sellers name is edirect. I just purchased another cable from a different seller who was cheaper (loaned mine out to a fellow OC.net user and have yet to receive it back, and I have a couple drives here in need of fixing). I'll find out if this one has the RX, TX, and GND wires listed on the circuit board like they did on the cable from the seller I listed in this post.
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I'm also trying to get the communication with the CA-42 to work, using Hyperterminal in XP.
jroymd - One way of finding out what cable colors is which is to use a volt/resistance meter and step through the pins/cabels on at a time. I found the following picture of the CA-42 temrinal pin out:



The CA-42 cabel I have seems to be in passive mode until you attach it to a cellphone - then XP detects it and set up the COM-port. Does any one know that triggers this? Is it possible to find a work around? Or do I need to use a Linux-clone?
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Did you get a driver disk with your cable? It's important to have that or it will NOT work.
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Yes I did get the Nokia driver CD but it doesn't make any difference. I've tested it on a Win2k PC as well with the same result - the CA-42 USB is not active until a cellphone is plugged in (I've got to CA42 cables and one is "uncut"). Could the problem be that the OS recognize the C-42 cable as a Nokia USB Modem in stead of a serial COM-port? Any one got a clue?
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O_O Holy crap this is epic! Nice job +rep
 
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Thanks for the +rep

If I remember correctly, when I plugged in the CA-42 cable to my PC and installed the drivers it showed another COM port in device manager. For reference, I was using 32-bit Windows XP. I could be wrong because it's been awhile since I fixed my drive but I'll be doing another couple drives in the next few days and I'll be able to confirm this.
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I was just booted into my Win XP 32 drive to do some other work this morning and checked device manager. It said FDTI (or was it FTDI?!? or was it.....?!?) USB to Serial drivers - or something like that... and that shows up without the cable plugged in.
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