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post #151 of 279
Just wanted to thank everyone who posted, I fixed my drive using the cable that Dia used.

I sent my cable to a friend of mine with the same problem, but he seems to not be able to fix his drive. I dont know if its because he is using win7 64bit. He says he cant get the drivers that Dia used. He did eventually find some drivers that installed, but when he presses "ctrl + z", he only gets an arrow (I think its the "<" arrow).

When I fixed my drive, I think that I changed the port settings in the device manager to match the setting in the hyperterminal. I told my friend to do this. Could this be the problem?

I am looking for more drivers because I think thats the problem. He is going to install win7 32bit on another computer to see if thats the problem.

Thanks again everyone.
post #152 of 279
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Originally Posted by Vargess View Post
I just ordered me a cable off Ebay.. My 500g drive that has bricked has SD81 firmware, but has all the same symtoms any other drive with this issue has had. Seagate tried to tell me my drive was not an affected one.. we shall see. Thanks for this info. I have another identical drive, but it's working fine
Hello Vargess, I have the same SD81 firmware with same symptom of the SD15 BUSY state. Did the fix work on your drive? The Seagate guys told me the same thing. They are useless on something really technical like this. All they did was offering me RMA. I WANT MY DATA!! Anyways, please let me know. Thank you in advane!
post #153 of 279
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Originally Posted by mad1us View Post
Just wanted to thank everyone who posted, I fixed my drive using the cable that Dia used.

I sent my cable to a friend of mine with the same problem, but he seems to not be able to fix his drive. I dont know if its because he is using win7 64bit. He says he cant get the drivers that Dia used. He did eventually find some drivers that installed, but when he presses "ctrl + z", he only gets an arrow (I think its the "<" arrow).

When I fixed my drive, I think that I changed the port settings in the device manager to match the setting in the hyperterminal. I told my friend to do this. Could this be the problem?

I am looking for more drivers because I think thats the problem. He is going to install win7 32bit on another computer to see if thats the problem.

Thanks again everyone.
Does he have anyone who has an earlier version of windows like xp? He can try the solution through that if his windows 7 is giving him some trouble.
post #154 of 279
Another successful story to share!
Thank you everyone who contributed their effects on putting up the DIY steps!

I have:
MODEL: ST3500320AS
Firmware: SD81

CA-42 (bought from the same ebayer seller as Mapex's post) Thanks to Mapex!!
- 4 wires (WHITE = TX, BLUE = RX, GREEN = GND, ORANGE = no connecction)
the cable came with defective BLUE wire (took a long time to find out and fixed it)

I did went into some troubles while doing the last step (POWER OFF/ON the HDD). I wasn't able to Ctrl-Z (reconnect) the terminal with the HDD after the 10 seconds wait. It showed up lots of random characters and locked up after.

MY SOLUTION:
After disconnected the HDD power (not PCB), wait 15 seconds.
Reconnect the power, the HDD motor will do the initial spin. Ctrl-Z after the motor is done (should be around another 10 seconds to wait).

I AM BACKING UP ALL MY DATA AS I AM TYPING THIS POST. I AM A HAPPY MAN NOW!! NO MORE SEAGATE FOR LIFE!!
post #155 of 279
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Glad to see this thread is still helping people. I actually had a member mail me his drive to get repaired this last week
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post #156 of 279
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Glad to see this thread is still helping people. I actually had a member mail me his drive to get repaired this last week
It has been great hasn't it?

Sad thing is the MFR is circumventing the process with the latest drives. The 7200.12 is problematic I hear and they're also making terminal access more difficult.

Sigh. Progress.
post #157 of 279
I've got a dead ES.2 1TB that's stuck in a start-up loop. Would it be possible to borrow that cable?
post #158 of 279
hallo all :

new guy here with an ES.2 500gb spins and reads for a few seconds but no longer boots . Where I am now - Borrowed a PC Machine to get a terminal report on the HD - but as a Mac guy - looking for a tutorial on how to get a terminal reports using Hyperlink or PuTty

cheers in advance :
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Glad to see this thread is still helping people. I actually had a member mail me his drive to get repaired this last week
I pmd you...hopefully you can help me out
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post #160 of 279
Hello!
After a year of usage, had the same BSY problem with my Seagate 7200.11 500Gb, Firmware SD81 - drive not showing up in BIOS.

I followed the instructions and made a cable from CA42, connected via terminal, but after attempting 'Z', the drive doesn't spin down and I get this message:

LED: 000000CC FAddr: 00280575

Tried blocking motor and/or head connectors, as well as no card at all. Also ctrl+z works only while the drive is starting up, after that I get the same error again.

And I'm pretty sure it's the BSY problem as drive doesn't show up in bios, even thou the firmware is SD81.

Any ideas what's the problem?

Thanks very much!

Chris
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