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  1. If no one can help you with the cable, I have experience with this board if you can get that or something similar: http://www.schmartboard.com/index.asp?page...lated&id=84
  2. The firmware upgrade is not supposed to affect any of the data. That said, there is a chance something might go wrong. But if you leave the drive on for the time being without turning it off, you should be okay. One reboot should be fine, too, if you have to reboot to install the new hard drive. After I fixed my drive myself and with the help of everyone in the forums, and not Seagate b/c they decided to take a long time to get back to me, I took some of the data I wanted first, and then ran the firmware update. I'm still using the drive today (been about 3 months already), and it's been fine
  3. Yep, that is the one I used. USB-serial *should* work, but I did not try it with that method. Hopefully it works? It would be easiest if you could find a friend who has an old computer to try it on. Lots of people hook up power to the board using the PSU cables and taking out the +5V and GND, but I didn't really want to mess with the PSU, so I picked up a 3V battery (the type of battery is on first page) and a battery holder from radioshack, and used this to power the board. Make sure you have the correct screwdriver for the hard drive, too.
  4. They have kits that already have the pins soldered onto the board. One board I know of is by SchmartBoard - they sell an RS232-TTL converter board that can be used, hooked up via serial cable. In US, I know it's sold at Fry's and Frys.com. And you just need to pick up jumper cables to connect everything, and soldering is not required at all. So this pathway does not use any of the cell phone cables. - Eli
  5. Just the cable isn't going to work; it has to be one of the TTL to RS232 converter chips. I think changing the IO card was not recommended in one of the posts in the thread.
  6. Thanks, that was the problem. Although now i have bigger problem. About hour after unbricking hdd, it started clicking and died. should we do this? i didnt see this info any message in this topic. and my setup is ready but i havent tried anything. wating ur reply. I did my GND using a 3V cell battery.
  7. PREVIOUS ISSUE SYMPTOMS: Put into hibernate, brought out of hibernate 1min later, and became BSY. CURRENT ISSUE SYMPTOMS: none LISTED AS AFFECTED: Y REPAIRED: Y METHOD: RS232 controller to send commands to fix it APPLIED WRONG FIRMWARE BEFORE: N UPDATED FW AFTER/BEFORE REPAIR: A PREVIOUS FIRMWARE: SD15 CURRENT FIRMWARE: SD1A EXTERNAL DRIVE (USB/ESATA/1394): N === START OF INFORMATION SECTION === Model Family: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 Device Model: ST3500320AS Firmware Version: SD1A User Capacity: 500,106,780,160 bytes Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P sho
  8. Try a large computer store that sells lots of electronic parts.
  9. You can try a loopback test to see if the connection is working. You connect the RX to TX on the cable itself, and once you connect in hyperterminal, anything you type should show up on the screen, indicating you have a working connection.
  10. I'll give the chkdsk command a try. One strange thing, I had copied some files from the Seagate over to another hard drive. Then I unplugged it to put it into another computer. Going back to look at the files I had copied, the folder had become corrupted (?). But I copied them over again and they were fine.
  11. Some places (electronic hobby stores) should be selling jumper cables, which you can put onto the end of a wire and have it connect to the pins on the hard drive.
  12. Are your SMART readings normal? I ran mine through Speedfan and it came back with this one: Hardware ECC Recovered 28 28951300 Watch Warning: Hardware ECC Recovered is below the average limits (33-100). Raw Read Error Rate and Airflow Temperature were slightly in the red zone, too. But I'm not sure what these values are, anyway. Did you all do a complete reformat? I've been running it normally like nothing has happened, after I took the stuff that I wanted back from it onto another drive. - Eli
  13. First board I had from alldav did not work (couldn't do the loopback test so couldn't do anything with it), so I had to pick up the Schmartboard here: http://shop2.frys.com/product/4717389 - hooked it up with 3V cell battery, and disconnected just the motor (the middle connector), and it seems to have worked.
  14. Hey guys, is this the correct way to wire everything up? My questions are 1) am I grounding the GND pin from the hard drive properly (is the GND right next to the TX on the hard drive?)? I am going to hook up the SATA power source directly to the drive, and I don't want to stick a ground into there. Someone mentioned that after they connected the SATA power cable, their 3V battery exploded, so I want to be sure this is correct. Are both power sources necessary? It sounds like if I use just the 3V it is enough. If I use just the SATA, then I have to ground it somehow (not sure how). And 2) have
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