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Originally Posted by DonMatis;12779009 
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

In message 131 of this thread Mundy5 has a link to the proper drivers.
post #172 of 279
Really could do with some help here please.

I have followed all instructions, got the cable with 3 wires from ebay, done all the connections but that's it. I have a Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm port in device manager but that's it. Windows wouldn't let me install the Nokia drivers but gave me a link for the latest Prolific ones. No modem has been installed either. When I start terminal I select the correct comm port (in my case 21) the screen comes up with the flashing underscore and that's it, it just stays blank even when pressing CRTL+Z. I have tried shorting out rx & tx and still nothing comes up on terminal. I am using W7 Ultimate 32bit. I'm really getting desperate and have ordered another cable just in case. The one I have at the moment has the green, white and yellow wires. Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.
post #173 of 279
Yes! Finally got access to my hard drive after about a month. In the end I was able to use the Thailand CA-42 cable using a link to drivers within this thread and a 3V battery to get the computer to recognize the cable. Using Windows Vista 64-bit so had to also download the hyperterminal program.
Anyway, was a lot of work, but you all saved that day! Thanks so much! Most helpful message board ever!
post #174 of 279
VICTORY ! The data is back !!

A friend brought a ST3500820AS, FW SD25, SN 9QM5YN78 (reportedly purchased as an Iomega USB drive) that was spinning up all right, but was not recognized.
Turns out that it reported itself as always busy.
It had years worth of family pictures on it.

I followed the instructions at http://sites.google.com/site/seagatefix/Home and now all the data is back, and copied to a good drive.

A few notes:
- The drive's serial port data receiving pin is the one closest to the SATA port, and should be connected to the serial adapter's transmitter pin; this is at best ambiguous (read: wrong) on http://sites.google.com/site/seagatefix/Home, but in my case no damage was done; the pinout is right at http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives-storage/457286-seagate-bricked-firmware-drive-fix-pics.html
- As instructed on , after typing "N1" I turned off the drive; out of curiosity, I checked: at that stage the drive is no longer busy ans shows the right model, but has zero capacity.
- After that, one needs to do ctrl-z again to get the prompt before the "m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22" command.
- That "partition regeneration" command did not alter the content of my drive.

My biggest complaint towards Seagate is that at it is clear that FW SD25 is not in the list of FW affected by the problem, but indeed it is; and the drive's SN entered at https://apps1.seagate.com/rms_af_srl_chk/ returns "No download available for this serial number. No action required".


Francois Grieu
post #175 of 279
Edit. So I guess this does work for the hp24 firmware or ANY firmware really. Thanks for the help guys! Perfect drive again.

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post #176 of 279
Hello,

Can I recover the disk with a Nokia CA-53 Cable?

Thanks
post #177 of 279
Hello,
First time poster on this site. Im attempting to use this method after failing with the Mapleleaf Mountain method. I purchased a CA-42 cable from "edirect", as some mentioned that was a cable that worked with this method. I received the cable today, and it is an orange cable with black tips rather than black with blue tips (no idea if this is an indication that the cable is different). Serial number is WT048000317, big rubbery ends rather than the snap off one some are using. I just want to make sure this cable will work before I chop the end of it off, ruining any chance of returning it.
post #178 of 279
I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to post this little tutorial. It worked perfectly for me and my data has been recovered. I used a MAX232 level-shifter chip that I had left over from a previous project rather than the Nokia cable but that just does the same job.

THANK YOU! smile.gif
post #179 of 279
Hello. First time posting here (made my account just to post actually). First of all, thank you so much for posting all this information.

I have a Seagate 1TB drive (SD15 firmware) that suddenly stopped showing up in my HP MediaSmart Server. I acquired a good CA-42 cable and was able to connect to the drive via HyperTerminal and run all the commands.

However, my drive is still not working. After running through all the steps to fix the BSY problem, the drive would not come up on my Windows laptop connected via a USB cable (I got one of those things that lets you hook up an internal drive as external, very nice). I tried putting it back into the server and low and behold it saw the drive! I added it and browsed to it via Explorer. I could see the drive and the directories, and could navigate around. Navigation was incredibly slow though, with long pauses at ever click.

Then, every time I tried to do anything with the files, I would get an I/O error. After rebooting the drive is longer visible.

Is there anything else I can do using HyperTerminal to get information about the state of the drive?

Also, after trying this I went back and did just the steps for the LBA 0 problem, but no go.
post #180 of 279
Attempting this ...

but a note for others still looking for a "china / 3 wire" CA-42 cable, got mine here ... http://www.dealextreme.com/p/data-cable-compatible-with-nokia-ca-42-446 ... only $4.50 w/ FREE Shipping, it did take over 2 weeks to get in the mail, but I cracked open the BLUE USB side cover and it is the 3-wire verion, mine is WHITE = TX : GREEN = RX : BLUE = GRND, included mini CD w/ Drivers I installed 1st, and then plugged in cord to make sure my computer can see it.

Will continue to attach the mini clips and rest of un-bricking tomorrow, but it looks promissing so far and CHEAP ! smile.gif
   
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