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Awesome jroymd . Glad you got it sorted out. +R
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jroymd - way to go! I'm sorry for my late feedback. It's been kind of busy here...
I flashed the firmware of my drive from SD25 to SD2A but did this a little bit to fast why I forgot to really turn of Vista. Instead it was left in "sleep mode" with the nice result that Vista now can't boot up. All the files are there but I guess something happened to tha SAM and Softwrae files in tha config folder in Windows... Great with some more hours in front of the screen fixing this problem. ,)
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My drive got bricked 1week ago. I got struck up in installing driver for the cable. I tried the driver CD but the cable is never recognized. Windows xp automatically installs it and showing it as "unknown device" in device manager. I don't know how to make it recognize as com port. I made all the connections properly. Can someone help me? ?
post #54 of 279
Hi,

Try to update your cable driver from cable's original driver CD
post #55 of 279
Thanks 2 all. Fixed my drive. CA-42 rocks....
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Hey all I have the same problem with my 1tb drive, I have read over a few howtos online and came across this one. The only part I am a little confused on is powering the drive.

I just power it up with your normal sata connector while the pc is running? When you have to spin it up and down during the process you just plug and unplug it or just leave it plugged into the sata connector the whole process and it does it all on its own?

btw, I bought a ca-42 cable off ebay.. came with no drivers.. found some prolific ones that finally worked for win 7 64. nokia ones from their site did not.
Edited by doox00 - 1/2/10 at 11:03am
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well I just followed all the steps.. last step though I get nothing.. type the command in and its just sitting there.

this command

Code:
Step 13: Type m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22 and press enter. (Note the "m" is lower case and the 0's are zeros). It should say.....

Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 00, Max Certify Rewrite Retries = 0000
User Partition Format 5% complete, Zone 00, Pass 00, LBA 00008DED, ErrCode 00000080, Elapsed Time 0 mins 05 secs
User Partition Format Successful - Elapsed Time 0 mins 05 secs

And should bring you back to the F3 T> Prompt.
ideas? possibly my drive failing was not from this issue.. and it just died from another reason?
Edited by doox00 - 1/2/10 at 1:47pm
post #58 of 279
Hi first post here found this site by google but I found an different way to solve the problem

The initial problem was I turned on the computer one yesterday to find bios slow booting and not detecting the drive and before researching I just swapped boards between two HDs one SD-15 and one SD-81 this just caused each HD to make sounds like it was under heavy disk activity on boot ( but both drives were seen in bios but not userable ) I then swapped boards back

That is when I found this topic and post 36 I think linking to the seagate boot iso which I downloaded first attempt with faulty drive ( which was my boot drive ) did not work ( all other drives disconected ) so I thought swap boards again IT WORKED but only by upgrading the firmware

So I can confirm if you have 2 identical drives with different firmware you can use one to sort of fix the other

You still need to swap boards back to the original drive - someone here will know more than me and know why but I dont - maybe something to do with boot sector or track layout stored in the PCB itself

But thank you to the person that pointed out the seagate iso boot disk my drive is back
post #59 of 279
okay, I tried this all again tonight, one last shot to try to recover my drive.. and it worked!! but I followed another guide. The step where you have to type

m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22

this guide does not say to remove power from the drive and then plug power back in before you enter that in... I did that and it worked! I got my drive and all my data back. So anyone that is following this guide make sure you do this step!
post #60 of 279
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
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