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At first I waited a while and powered off the drive, then I connected it to SATA on a vista x64 machine, however it wouldn't boot completely, but I was pleased to see the BIOS recognized the drive. I rebooted and went into the Bios to see if there wasn't an LBA 0 error, there wasn't. Then I powered the computer down and took out the drive and put it in an external casing (SATA-USB 2) and connected it to my laptop. The drive was recognized instantly, and the first partition came up as it should. The second and third partition came up, but were not accesible, after a very long time windows pops up with a message to format the drive. Of course I didn't format the drive. So I was able to restore all the files on the first partition, but the others still needs some research.
I did use the papercard trick also, it took about 5 to 10 minutes untill i saw the confirmation message as posted before ( i couldn't bear to wait for it so I left it alone and went out for a smoke) when I came back I saw the message was just starting to appear...
I have Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1000 Gb ST31000333AS P/N: 9FZ136 -100 Firmware: LC15 Date Code: 09153 Site Code: TK Made in Thailand first it was stated at seagate it was faulty, and now it's not, however it is. I made an rs232--ttl adapter which works fine. The initial error I've got in the terminal is: LED:000000CC FAddr:0024CDC9 RST 0x20M (P) SATA Reset Since i have a different firmware do I have to use the exact same as the 'CC errors aka BUSY' ? Because when I power down, and after 10 sec powerup the drive it shows again an 'RST 0x20M' Also i haven't recieved the confirmation message "User Partition Format Successful" I'm a bit at a loss right now... oh man you've had me sweating!! it took ages before the confirmation appeared....pfew but still i recieved a message that a part was skipped, the drive is now visible again, however it's freeking slow...so far only the first partition (out of three) seems to be reachable... to be more exact about the error: F3 T>m0,2,2,,,,,22 Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 14, Max Certify Rewrite Retries = 00C8 User Partition Format 4% 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. any suggestions?