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  1. Wholly smokes...110 pages and still no slowing down My JBod setup would not rebuild as I had previously posted the question..could a JBod setup be saved? I used "Carter in Canada's" method and found all the necessary bits and pieces including the special cable he mentions. It was available from both TigerDirect.com or TigerDirect.ca. This was the SATA to Floppy and Molex connector. I followed everything he says with the exception of using the breadboard and I used the Windows version of Seagate's fix instead of the hard boot image he recommends. All 4 drives have been updated to the new firmware and all are working. Unfortunately, the JBod setup could not rebuild my lost data and all my six years of data was lost. Still, his method works without a hitch and the stuck 1 terabyte drive was repaired faster than his examples. JBod setups just don't save their data well under these circumstances. I don't know the guy, but I was willing to get all the bits and pieces he mentions if there was even the slightest chance of retreiving my data. By the time I paid shipping, it cost me close to what a one 1 terabyte hard drive would have cost but I was determined that I would at least know I gave it my best shot. To save anybody from searching through these pages for him just copy and paste this link: http://www.mapleleafmountain.com/seagatebrick.html As I said in a previous post, I was looking for an easy method that could be used by most people and the parts could be easily found. This was the best route for me (I hate taking the chance of burning up something with solder or frying something because I didn't ground something.) Thanx for all the info you guys & gals, you're doing an amazing job of trying to answer everyone's different setup. I learned some things I didn't know before.
  2. Basic partition question

    Actually using separate drives for different uses is very practical. I use 1 drive for os, second drive has small partition for page file then programs installed in the second partition. A 3rd drive is used for data and 4th drive used for backup. The page file is set to the second hard drive and programs seem to run faster that way. Especially low level programs like defragging and security scans. If you can keep more programs away from your primary drive, they seem to take advantage of Windows multithreading. Correct me if I'm describing this practice with the wrong wording. I also use an external dual-drive Vantec MX box on USB for further data backups but the drive is having problems of its own at the moment (7200.11 BSY problem).
  3. What u playing at the moment?

    Guild Wars..all campaigns and waiting for GW2
  4. Thank you KlingKlang, xD There's really no other way to tell people that. I like helping people, I really do, but when the answer is practically given on a platter at their disposal, I am not going to spoon feed. If you really want to to fix a problem and save a couple of $$ it doesn't hurt that much to read. I apologize as well to anyone who takes offense, but there's a 100 pages on this forum actually covering several methods not just the one on pg1 in case materials are not accessible in certain countries. Your answer is likely to be in here somewhere. Good luck to all I agree and 'That' is where a lot of the confusion is coming from. Its much like going to the candy store with a set limit of funds but there is so much to choose. The simily being the techniques = candy and knowledge = funds. Even worse..many links and pictures are no longer working. Why can't there be a standard set of tools and materials that can be relied on to work for the majority. I've spent an ungodly amount of time reading this thread...not to be a critic...but to find a technique to get my data back from my harddrive that I truly believe has suffered the BSY problem. I do know that every computer today has USB functionality...Serial is not universal to my limited knowledge of what we have to work with. Man..do I need a USB to Serial 9 convertor adapter,,then a Serial usb adapter..then make modifications to that...then find drivers to that....just to find it is one of the many Nokia cables that don't work and back to where I started. After reading all 100 pages of this thread and seeing so many having problems finding materials to do this fix, lets stop for a moment and see if there is a supplier that can issue a standard set of cables/adapters/drivers that are known to work and can ship worldwide. Some are using Serial adapters, some using USB, some with aparatuses I've never seen let alone heard of. After this many pages and almost 2,000 posts...most computers use USB..not all use Serial..can we justify a standard that will work for the majority and list those items so everyone can do this. Most of the time wasted on this thread is due to finding cables/adapters and such to actually try these methods. Tests, reviewing what was done that worked and didn't work is great, but with the exception of different operating systems, I'm sure a standard can be met that is known to work no matter where one lives. Standard list of items that work with todays computers (2005 and up) and where to get them. Simple enough? Most of the posts I read were not unique and basically were redundant which probably bores the heck out of you guys/gals but almost all of us got here looking for answers,not complexity. You've all done a hell of a job but the source of most of the problems on this thread are getting away from the procedure and are focusing on compatible cables/adapters/drivers and the like..not on the actual fix.
  5. Windows XP OEM & Pre Activation

    As another bit of trivia.. Even Windows XP Home edition SP2 Oem can only be validated so many times ..then after that Windows XP gives you a number code which you must refer to when you call Microsoft, which in turn they get you to punch in a new activation code number. Really sucks for system builders or just too many bad installs ect. Whatever the case maybe. You don't even have to change the hardware, just keep reinstalling and viola...activation limit has been reached. I repeat..even OEM can only be validated so many times before you have to call Microsoft to get them to activate it. If anyone is like me and does clean installs at least every 18 months, you will end up calling them every time...yeeesh
  6. Well I guess its my turn for the dreaded BSY. Purchased 4 of the muthers about 6-8 months ago, No....actually 6, if you include the 2 eidie drives. All Seagate drives. The eidie drives are 7200.10 at 750gb ea and run my games and os and applications. The 2 internal drives are 7200.11 750gb Sata drives with the SD15 f/w used for downloads and backups The final 2 drives were in a JBOD configuration in an external Vantec MX box and also were the dreaded Thailand crap 1Terabyte versions with the SD15 f/w running off a USB connection. These were for media, software updates for applications and games if I ever need to do a reinstall, ect. September 29/2009 I turned on my rig by powering the MX box up first then the CPU as I had always done before. Note: the Vantec MX box must be turned on manually. The combined 2gb (1.8gb in Win XP) drives were set to be optimized for quick disconnect..(no write caching to the os) The box turned on fine. When Windows started to search drives on Post, all blue lights on the box lit up and stayed on continuous. Previously that should only last long enough to recognize the drives then the regular gold lights should be on. Needless to say my media drive was gone from My Computer. I searched Device Manager and the USB device for this box was reading "unkown device". I checked disks and drive was not there. So I did what anyone first does with a problem device. Scan for hardware changes..nothing. Uninstall device and let Windows find it to reinstall...nothing. Then I went into Disk Management and there it was but it said "not initialized". HUH..WTF!! So I figured maybe something gliched in the os and initialized it. Aaaaaaaagh..only half the drives' capacity was showing. One of the drives was not working. It was the primary one that the data was written to because the second drive was ready to be formatted. switched them out and same problem. So this eliminated which drive was down. After taking out the problem drive and formatting the second drive no more bsy problems so I'm leaving it in as regular drive and the specs for the trouble drive is as follows: S/N 9QJ1XVWR, Model #ST31000340AS, P/N# 9BX158-501, F/W SD15, Date Code 09081, Site Code: KRATSG, bought in Canada. You can add this to your stats if you want as another 7200.11 BSY problem drive. I had only just backed up six years data onto this box before it happened and hadn't got round to getting a second backup started. All the drives are Oem drives so from what I've seen here, I'm S.O.L. getting any help from 'Fishy Hard Drives Incorporated'. I have several questions and read at least 45 pages of this thread over the past few days. But this being my 1st post, I'll just start off with the obvious one. Is there a chance of retrieving my data from the first drive in the JBOD configuration using this albiet unorthodox fix for BSY syndrome? I haven't read of anyone doing that yet...hmmmm still 50+ pages yet to read just in this thread alone..soooo...anyone might know?