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post #161 of 279
Hello all,

First time poster here. I am having somewhat of a problem that seems similar to some of the problems others have had, however, I wonder if I have a bad PCB. I have my CA-42 cable modified and connected correctly. It talks to the drive, but it takes forever for the drive to spin down. The first several times I tried, I kept receiving the error "LED: 000000CC FAddr: 00280575" and would not get the "spin down complete" message. Finally after browsing some more, I found out this was due to not letting the drive spin down first. It takes atleast 2 mins to complete the spin down after applying power, I would say it takes actually longer, but not sure. So now that I have learned to wait for that spin down, and typing the ctrl+z, /2, and the Z I get the "spin down complete" message. All is good to that point, but next everytime I press "U" after pulling out the card and tightening the screws down, it takes for ever for it to do something, and then I get the error of
"DiagError 00006008
Spin Error
Elapsed Time 39.083 secs
R/W Status 2 R/W Error 84150180"
according to cyberguy's post, this means that the pcb and the hdd are not communicating. I have tried several times at this point, being VERY careful on pulling out the card, and not moving the drive, but I get the same thing every time.

any ideas out there, or is the drive just toast at this point?

thanks for the ideas.
post #162 of 279
This is so epic. I was wondering if this kind of trick will work on a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 Model: 6L160M0 160GB SATA150? It just bricked on me. Thing is, when I attach it, it still reads it but only for like 30 seconds. I'm hoping it's not too late to do something easy and free. It's just about full of data. Any help would be much appreciated.
post #163 of 279
@my77stang, I joined up here just to say a huge thanks for the DIY.

My Seagate 7200.11 ST35000320AS 500Gb HDD (firmware SD15) decided it would be nice to suddenly stop working after more than 4 years of reliable operation.
I had luckily backed up almost all the data, but not +-140Gb of new pics I had taken over December 2010. Being a photographer, those pics would have been lost forever without resorting to hugely costly data recovery specialists.

Thank you Sir! I followed the instructions and everything worked 100% and I am currently backing up the "lost" 140Gb data.

Oh, and I used a generic Nokia CA-42 cable bought from a flea-market.
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post #164 of 279
Hi...
I followed all the instructions very carefully and got the same results as described. Unfortunately, it started to be different until "N1" on hyperterminal..
It showed endless this error:
"Exevute Spin Request
High Power Mode
INIT SMART FAIL"

I was able to go back to to "F3 1> and go further with "m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22"
and got positive results. HOWEVER, my HDD is nowehre to be found after connecting it through USB!!! I think its even worst. BEFORE I started fixing, my computer can "see" my files but cannot open them....

PLEASE HELP ME!!!

DETAILS of my HDD:
SEAGATE BArracuda 7200..12
S/N 9VP53TK7
ST31000528AS

Firmware CC3D
Date Code: 10377
post #165 of 279
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Originally Posted by Kingbueno;12195659 
Hi...
I followed all the instructions very carefully and got the same results as described. Unfortunately, it started to be different until "N1" on hyperterminal..
It showed endless this error:
"Exevute Spin Request
High Power Mode
INIT SMART FAIL"

I was able to go back to to "F3 1> and go further with "m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22"
and got positive results. HOWEVER, my HDD is nowehre to be found after connecting it through USB!!! I think its even worst. BEFORE I started fixing, my computer can "see" my files but cannot open them....

PLEASE HELP ME!!!

DETAILS of my HDD:
SEAGATE BArracuda 7200..12
S/N 9VP53TK7
ST31000528AS

Firmware CC3D
Date Code: 10377

THE ERROR AFTER ENTERING "N1":

"Init SMART Fail
LED: 000000CC FAddr: 0024E3A7"
post #166 of 279
U GUYS ROCK!!

Well, after my Segate ST3750330AS drive bricked up, I kept it and it's been about 3 years or so now. I did not want to send it to seagate for fear of losing my data to them.

I have been able to recover all my data that was on the drive!!!

I used this little USB-RS232-TTL converter to connect to the drive:

http://www.bzsale.com/product/USB2-to-RS232-TTL-Converter-Module-PL2303-4pcs-cable_p13622.html

for $6 well worth it.. I just took off the plastic covers off the pins and hooked it up to my drive.. Only thing is that it took 21 days to get here from china.. Apparently it was on the slow air boat. I'm sure if you spring for the extra $4 for shipping it'll come faster.

Here is the screen capture of my drive getting it's firmware fixed:

---BEGIN---

F3 T>/2

F3 2>Z

Spin Down Complete
Elapsed Time 0.150 msecs
F3 2>U

Spin Up Complete
Elapsed Time 7.447 secs
F3 2>/1

F3 1>N1

F3 1>/T

F3 T>i4,1,22

F3 T>

--UNPLUGGED HD POWER & WAITED 20 SECS. REESTABLISHED TERATERM CONNECTION --

F3 T>m0,2,2,,,,,22
Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 14, Max Certify Rewrite Retries = 00C8
User Partition Format 5% complete, Zone 00, Pass 00, LBA 00004339, ErrCode 000User Partition Format 5% complete, Zone 00, Pass 00, LBA 00008DED, ErrCode 00000080, Elapsed Time 0 mins 10 secs
User Partition Format Successful - Elapsed Time 0 mins 10 secs

F3 T>F712
Byte:0712: RealTimeUpdatedFlags = 00 00
Byte:0712: Bit:0, HPA_SET_BY_SETMAX = 0
Byte:0712: Bit:1, HPA_SET_BY_SETMAX_EXT = 0
Byte:0712: Bit:2, DCO_SET_ACTIVE = 0
Byte:0712: Bit:3, CONGEN_READ_FROM_MEDIA = 0

F3 T>F,,22

Drive Configuration restored to defaults.

F3 T>F712
Byte:0712: RealTimeUpdatedFlags = 08 00
Byte:0712: Bit:0, HPA_SET_BY_SETMAX = 0
Byte:0712: Bit:1, HPA_SET_BY_SETMAX_EXT = 0
Byte:0712: Bit:2, DCO_SET_ACTIVE = 0
Byte:0712: Bit:3, CONGEN_READ_FROM_MEDIA = 1

F3 T>

--END--

After that, I was able to copy my data off the HD and I am a happy camper!
Edited by above1 - 2/4/11 at 9:38am
post #167 of 279
My cable has no labels. Does anyone know how can I find out which cable to use?
post #168 of 279
Hi
I am about to embark on ythis process. I note the copious references to the Nokia Data Cable.

Is it safe to simply use the standard DB9 RS232 Port on the PC ?

Thanks
Peter
post #169 of 279
Does anyone here provide a service using htis method to unbrick and fix my 7200.11?? Im nopt much of Techie and would feel happier with more of an expert on board. ... PS: I'm in the UK, so a UK guru would be great!

Corky
post #170 of 279
I have 3 Seagate disks with this problem.....i am glad i was able to find this thread and i've read it all.
I am using the original Nokia CA-42 Cable, but i can't get it work with any driver. I've tried all the drivers i was able to find in this thread in both windows xp 32 and windows 7 32 and the only thing i've managed was to detect the cable as prolific usb to serial device in windows 7 but doesn't seem to work properly...
Any ideas? I can use any operating system....just need a good working driver
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