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Gradius, you are my hero!! Seriously, I spent hours scouring the Net for a solution for my "dead" drive. I live in South Africa so any help from Seagate is out of the question. I contacted the wholesaler where I purchased my 500Gb drive and was given the name of their company of choice - they offered to repair my drive for R5000.00 despite knowing that it was the SD15 error. After your post and about R25.00 later, I got to work. After some 'dry' runs I got it together, 5 minutes later my drive was back in my PC and working 100% Needless to say, I'm utterly STOKED. So, again, thanks for going to all that trouble and sharing your knowledge with strangers. You saved me hours of labour and thousands of Rands