The cable that I bought from the ebay site will work. Yes, the pins are a little loose but they fit well enough to do the job. You can wrap the ends in electrical tape to keep them from touching like "User1202" suggested. Other than that it may take a little patience, to get them connected. I would recommend working on a clean,flat,well-lit surface. After you get it positioned just right, tape the wire to the table or something so it won't move. Just try to keep in mind that you'll probably(hopefully) only have to do this once in your life. Oh and after you get your drive working, I would xfer all information on to another(preferably non-seagate) drive.Key Command
The "Ctrl+Z" command means holding down the Control key and pushing the Z key at the same time, then releasing both keys.Non-Communication
As far as not being able to communicate with the drive I would just double-check to make sure all the important steps were taken. Did you first remove the PCB and put a piece of paper in between the connector, then replace the PCB? Also I would check the order that the pins are connected? From the tutorial - "remember to hook up the RX and TX "backwards" or you will not be able to talk to the drive." Also making sure the correct USB cable driver, COM port and Port Settings are selected in HyperTerminal is crucial too. If you could take a video or a series of pictures to show what you're doing as it's pretty difficult to troubleshoot without seeing.Bad Firmware Revisions
A complete list of affected drives can be found at:http://news.cnet.com/seagate-fixes-7...hen-it-doesnt/
Also check this Wikipedia article :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seagate...ith_SATA_disks
which references all the appropriate seagate pages, by model number, where you can download a fix.
For reference the model of my drive is ST31000340AS and the firmware version is SD15.
Firmware Fix: http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/cr...p?DocId=207951
Sorry if I failed to answer some of the questions in your post but I'm going to bed as I have to work in the morning.Be back tomorrow.