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  1. After this horrifying experience, I'm planning to do this: 1. Get a cheap RAID card such as the Promise TX2300 2. Get another 500GB hard disk, non-Seagate, probably WD 3. Make a RAID 1 out of the 500GB Seagate + WD and store my data in there 4. At the same time, use Mozy or some form of online backups (I have Mozy backups of some of my data in the Seagate 7200.11 but not all, e.g. huge video files) 5. Backup certain key data into 2-3 DVDs (high quality DVDs) Now if the Seagate shows this same problem again, at least I will have the WD. Can't be that bad luck that both the Seagate+WD kaputs at the same time... or if the Promise TX2300 dies then I guess my data might be compromised too. But more important than all, this experience has taught me what faceless huge corporations might do (or rather might not do) to help their individual customers when hit with such 'firmware' defects. I personally have worked for 2 huge corporations much larger than Seagate, and I cannot imagine myself/us doing this to our customers.... As far as anecdotal evidence goes, I've seen plenty of dead WDs (and not just in computers either). I stopped buying them in 2001 (for a few years anyhow), after having 4 of them (big & expensive ones) die on me within 2 weeks... I have some now, no problems with them yet. That's pretty much it. Quality goes up and down, different bugs appear, manufacturing problems, QA problems and what not. No manufacturer is perfect, and it's always a bit of a gamble.
  2. Won't know for sure, but the steps are in a manual that came with a data recovery solution. I would presume that it should work. Anyway, I have sent you a message on where to get this doc. See for yourself and decide Great but once you have removed the bsy stuff will the HDD work as normal?
  3. Hi all, I'm not sure if it's appropriate to post the BSY fix out here, so those who wants the exact steps, please send me a message and I'll reply directly with the info I have found - all via google I'll send a message to Fatlip as he is our hope now!
  4. The circuit 1 looks like it's for IDE hard disks. Does it work with SATA? If you live near a Frys Electronics you can buy a interface board from them the info needed is in this link Frys Interface Board I have found two other interface circuits Circut 1 Circut 2 I have connected to my drive with the Frys interface board and was able to see the error code. I was not however able to enter command mode so I was hoping to hear from Fatlip to make sure I was connecting things right. One other thing the com port setting seem to be 38400,n,8,1
  5. Hi all and especially Fatlip if you are here, I would really like to know how to build the serial -> SATA interface to connect to the hard disk. I was searching more and more about this and I have found a document which lists down the exact steps/commands to free up the BSY mode. You DO NEED TO DISCONNECT the PCB from HDA before doing it, just as I suspected back in the Seagate forum. However, I'm not sure if the steps alone will totally free it up or it will leave it detectable by BIOS but with 0 size (the second problem faced by others). If it's the 0 size, then it's something else that we need to search for further, but at least we can unset the BSY mode. But I need to know how to connect to the SATA interface....
  6. I've emailed them, but no response yet. Once I get some info, I will share with everyone.
  7. I'm here!! I am sooo p***ed off with Seagate for terminating that thread. Instead of helping, they are pushing us away. Fine, whatever happens, Seagate - you have lost one customer for LIFE! and many others through word of mouth and blogs and forums.

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