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Chris - You can have a look at Brad's site where he has a photo of the pins: http://sites.google.com/site/seagatefix/ Just keep in mind you should use Gradius' instructions, not Brad's as per my previous post, Brad doesn't have the step of restarting the HDD prior to the partition regeneration. Good luck with the fix!
Just my 2c - I've read a few posts that have pointed out that that Brad's guide is missing a crucial step. In his guide he writes: ********** And do a S.M.A.R.T. erase (create S.M.A.R.T. sector): F3 1>N1 (enter) Finally, do partition regeneration: F3 T>m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22 (enter) *********** According to Gradiss' post, you MUST turn off the hard drive prior to the partition regeneration step and that this is a crucial step. For me, I followed Gradius' guide and unbricked my drive....if I'm wrong in this, please feel free to jump in and correct me.
A big heartfelt thank you to all those who have helped in providing the instructions and support on the forum. I have just managed to resurrect my Seagate drive with a USB to TTL Serial Cable (TTL-232R-3V3). I did encounter 2 issues however: 1) I put a business card between the head contact and PCB, and rescrewed the PCB board back onto the hdd. I however tightened the screws too much and couldn't get the drive to spin down as I kept getting the LED:000000CE FAddr:00280569 error! I restarted the procedure after Aviko's post #465 (I believe I had retightened too much and hence there was still contact) and managed to get back to the magical F3 prompt!! 2) Second time round I managed to spin down the motor, but couldn't spin it up! This was because I was hoping that only screwing 5 screws (i.e. not screwing the one near the head contact) would be sufficient. After reading through the posts again, someone had kindly noted that the "Error 1009 DETSEC 00006008 Spin Error error" was due to lack of contact Post #701. I very tentatively placed the screw back (making sure it didn't touch the PCB) and its all back now!! I am totally ecstatic that my hdd is back and that I can now recover all my photos - Again, thank you all to all those that have contributed, my success would not have been possible without your patience and willingness to help!