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The ISO image is a bootable one. Once you write it on a CD you can boot from it, and all the code which updates the firmware is in the bootable part which is invisible in Windows (or in any other OS), unless you use a specific application like WinISO or similar. The firmware update must be done at the lowest level possible of OS (read "good ol' DOS" ), thus the necessity to have a bootable CD image. hummm, interesting. I mounted the ISO but could only see 2 files (readme and the detectdrive.exe)... I'll try burning it then... Thanks! Did anyone experience problems with the firmware update? Possible data loss?
GREAT SUCCESS! It's my time to contribute a little, with a solution for those with CA-42 cables that are not detected by Windows XP... I bought a CA-42 cable at a Nokia store. It cost me 51 euros... It's the same price as in the website (for Portuguese customers), and it might sound expensive, but I thought it was cheap cause all I wanted was my data back. And I had already spent more than one hundred euros on the phone, waiting to yell to some Seagate representative. Anyway, I got home, connected the cable to a Windows XP machine and... nothing. I installed the driver, and still nothing. I connected a Nokia 6070 to it, and it was detected. Obviously the cable was getting power from the cellphone, so what I did was cut the cable, use the TX and RX wires to connect to the hard drive (a DiamondMax 22) and re-connect all the other wires to the plug and connect it to the cellphone (a 3v battery should work too, but I thought that using the cellphone in the setup would look more interesting ). Picture of the setup here: link I followed the steps in this guide and my drive was up and running in 2 minutes. Now I'm trying to find the firmware update, because the ticking bomb is still inside the drive... However, when I try to get it from Seagate's website, all I get is an ISO with a DriveDetect.exe file inside. What else could I expect from this amazing company... I bought a Seagate drive because I was tired of Samsung drives crashing... Never again! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread! I am currently in Portugal. If you're close by, I may be able to help you. PS. I find it really unbelievable to know that Seagate is aware that thousands of customers are currently using a drive that will sooner or latter become unusable, and yet they act like it's a minor issue... And they even screw up the firmware release... **** THEM!
Hi. If using a cellphone cable like the CA-42, the only thing I need to do is connect the cable's RX to the board's TX and the cable's TX to the board's RX, right? No need to worry about ground and +5v? Thanks!