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Edited by LA_Kings_Fan - 7/9/11 at 10:26pm
   
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post #182 of 279
hi guys. thanks for the informative site.
have a 1.5tb seagate 7200.11 that recently died on me. just doesnt show up in bios at all. from everything i have read exact symptons of the bsy fault.

tried to follow this guide but i am pulling my hair out.

bought a ca42 and couldnt get it to work so thinking maybe bad cable i bought another one. i have the exact same ca-42 cable as LA Kings Fan above (from deal extreme) and i know others have used this exact cable.
chinese cable with the blue, green and white wires.

i install the driver no problems, connect to hyperterminal and try the ctrl z and get no response. have fiddled with all the connections, swapped the tx rx but still the same.

i have successfully done a loopback test ( connect the gnd and join together the tx and rx, open hyperterminal and i can see what i type) so apparently my cable/drivers etc are fine.

apart from checking the wires and swapping tx and rx which ive done a million times does anyone have any ideas on what could be the problem when i can do a successful loopback test yet still cannot get anything to happen after pressing ctrl z in hyperterminal

thanks for your help
post #183 of 279
Hi Everyone, I have gotten the CA-42 cable and managed to get to the point of getting of the drive spinning down. I haven't been able to get the U (spinning up) command to complete successfully. I keep getting an error. The drive i'm trying to revive is the 7200.11 500GB
post #184 of 279
Seems this had worked for many. But i have doubt, none had said about symptoms of HDD before fixing. Mine is making unusual low crackling noise. Should i attempt this fix on my seagate momentus 500gb ?
post #185 of 279
Hi,

I had a Seagate ST31000333AS model 7200.11 1TB HDD and it's stop working smile.gif. This is an external HDD with USB case. I was using for backup and couple days ago I tried to get some files from my HDD and I couldn't reach the drive. HDD motor start to spin up but after couple seconds heads are parking and spin down and start over again (forever). I thought optimist AC adapter is broken and not enough power for USB box, I plug it to Desktop but result was the same. I fixed many HDD before some of my friends (notebook, desktop, Raid 5 etc) but this time it was my data's

I searched many forums on internet and I read about there is a fuse part on pcb. I replace that fuse but nothings changed. And I decided to use serial cable solution. Here you can find steps and some clues about my progress.

I bought a CA-42 cable. There are 2 type of it. One is original and the other is 3rd party. But both are working well. The original has 5-6 thin cable but mine has only 3.

Cut the phone side and use pin sockets

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Mark GND (I checked with OHM meter) on my CA-42 there are 2 cables left. One is Rx and the other one is Tx. On original one when you open blue USB box you can see RX-TX-GND written on pcb.

Some people are using paper block on motor side and some of them using on data side. I used thick business card on data side. Loosen screws on PCB and put paper between pcb and data pins

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After this point when I apply power on HDD, heads are did not parked. I realize that problem is on PCB. If you working on Vista there is no Hyperterminal anymore. You can search on internet "hypertrm.zip" and open on a folder and use hypertrm.exe. Here are the steps:

1. Plug CA-42 cable to USB without any connection. And install drivers about this cable. Under device manager you will see new device. Pls note that Com Port number. Mine is Com Port 11

2. Unplug USB side and plug small sockets on HDD serial port. I found GND already. If your system cannot talk with HDD switch Tx with Rx

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3. Apply power to HDD, motor will start to spin up and plug USB to your computer
4. Setup Hyperterminal. My port is on Com 11 :

Bits per second : 38400
Data bits : 8
Parity : N
Stop bits : 1
Row control : N

5. After this point when you press Ctrl + Z keys you have to see below screen on hyperterminal if you cannot see switch Rx and Tx

ASCII Diag mode
F3 T>


now here are the commands : (P.S. be careful to uppercase and lowercase while you write commands)

F3 T>/2
F3 2>Z


If it's ok you have to see.

Spin Down Complete
Elapsed Time 0.140 msecs


If you see after Z command

LED:000000CC FAddr:0025DDD9 or similar message listen to your HDD. When motor is down (not spin) press Ctrl + Z next /2 and next Z . Now you have to see Spin Down Complete on screen.

Now do not move HDD and remove the paper between PCB and Data pins. (Meanwhile all the cables are must be attached on HDD "USB and power cables"). Be sure to tight screws especially on data pin side.

If you're ready press U key and spin up motor

F3 2>U

After a while you have to see below message

Spin Up Complete
Elapsed Time 8.363 secs


After pressing U if you will see below message there was a problem on communication between PCB and HDD. Means PCB is not touching pins correctly. You have to start over everything from 1st step.

DiagError 00006008
Spin Error
Elapsed Time 39.083 secs
R/W Status 2 R/W Error 84150180


After Spin Up process motor will keep up spinning

New command is : /1

F3 2>/1

Next : N1

F3 1>N1

and : /T

F3 1>/T

Now while USB is attached to the HDD remove power cable from HDD. Wait 10-15 second and plug the power cable back. HDD will start to spin up

If you cannot type any command on screen pls press Ctrl + Z. And type this command i4,1,22 (be careful to uppercase/lowercase)

F3 T>i4,1,22

Now is the heart of commands : m0,2,2,,,,,22 (yes there are 5 commas)

F3 T>m0,2,2,,,,,22

After this command progress will take some time. Don't worry. Get a cup of coffee and relax. You have to see similar to below message. Important one is "User Partition Format Successful " now we can reach our HDD again.

Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 14, Max Certify Rewrite Retries = 00C8

User Partition Format 3% complete, Zone 00, Pass 00, LBA 00004AA5, ErrCode 000
00080, Elapsed Time 0 mins 30 secs
User Partition Format Successful - Elapsed Time 0 mins 30 secs
Zone re-format was skipped.


Remove everythings from HDD and connect to the computer in normal way. Turn on computer you are able to see your HDD again.

Of course copy all important data's on another media in any case.

This connector I made for better usage

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If you sure about cables triple socket

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If not seperated sockets

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Good Luck
CyberGuy
post #186 of 279
My Seagate drive stopped working... is there anyone willing to lend their cable (I can't do any electronics...) for me to fix it, then I send it back? I will cover both ways shipping and will give some donation to such a kind person.

Please, I'm on despair now frown.gif
post #187 of 279
Its been said before but you guys ROCK,

My Maxtor died last week with as usual a whole ton of irreplacable photo's.

So went looking for data recovery on the net wound up here tried a ca42 that i was amazed to find in the local market phone guys, but it didnt work.


If anyone else has trouble you might want to save all the hassle.. i just bought a USB TTL dongle Branded Tronix, its an

FTDI chipset usb to ttl 3.3v on a 1.6 cable and supports win 7 and vista 32 AND 64 bit

I'm not affiliated by the way just well impressed.

So the procedure failed the first time all looked good upto the 0,20,20,202, bit and it just sat there..... tried again with the added step of
powering down the drive before that and BOOM thanks a ton drives in photo's backed up and just away to patch the firmware


Its what i'd call a very good day smile.gif))


Thanks again

Gary
post #188 of 279
Hello guys.
I have no USB-serial-interface (until now)
So,
I did it the easy way:

Make a Case at Seagate: https://services.seagate.com/online_request_form.aspx?lng=de-de
yes, i'm a german :-)

Open Case at 6.Feb
Pickup by TNT at 7.Feb
Disc-returned by TNT at 14.Feb

All Data is Back
Disc has the actual Firmware

Costs: 0,00€ :-)))))))

Regards Thommy
post #189 of 279
Finally after month of waiting for CA-42 cable, it took me about 10 minutes with soldering to get the HDD work again.

For me the colors are:
GND: BLUE
TX: GREEN
RX WHITE


Thank You All
post #190 of 279
Hello. I'm new to these forums, and I have a few questions. (Actually just made this account to post here)

First of all, I had a Seagate Free Agent 500 gb drive die on me right around Christmas, taking with it many things I would prefer not to lose. There aren't any noises other then the normal drive function sounds (drive spinning up). Problem is, Bios wont see the drive, and the computer hangs when loading windows. Also, after the drive spins up, it seems like the platters are still spinning. The drive is ST3500820AS with firmwear SD81.

Now, my question is, can I use this method to unbrick my drive? It would be nice to get the stuff off this drive. (Don't really care about keeping the drive at this point)

My other question is, I see many people have used the CA-42 noika date transfer cable for this method, and I was wondering, would this converter work the same? Any thoughts?
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