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  1. Has anyone updated a 7200.11 Seagate drive from firmware version SD35 to version SD1B??? If yes, please let me know model, method used and whatelse you consider important. Thanks.
  2. My Windows Xp installation CD is SP3. So, got into the recovery console again and this time it recognized partitions correctly, so tried to do a FIXBOOT and FIXMBR but I think I made it in the incorrect partition, because for some reason C: drive was my second partition and the D: drive was the partition with the Windows files, I received "Missing NTLDR". Then, tried to explicity do "FIXBOOT C:" and "FIXMBR \Device\HardDisk0\Partition1" but it didn't work and the partition gone illegible, just appeared as unformatted. So, last step was to install Windows in a 'clean way', but I ended up with the Windows files in the correct partition C: but the NTLDR, NTDETECT.COM and other system files are now in the D: partition!!!! It works but.... So, now, I'm going to erase partitions and start the whole thing again! I think I will create the two partitions, run the WD align utility and then install windows and copy all my data files in the second partition.
  3. Well, just bought a Western Digital WD10EARS hard disk drive. I connected it to my system running Windows XP and made two primary partitions in NTFS format. So, in the first partition cloned my old Windows XP installation from another drive using Norton Ghost, and in the second partition copied all my data files from my other hdd. Then, inserted Windows XP installation CD and got into the Windows XP Recovery Console to make a "FIXBOOT" or "FDISK /MBR" (not sure what I was going to do) so Windows could start from this new disk, but, for my surprise, hard disk partitions were not recognized... Back to my other Windows XP installation and having the WD10EARS connected as secondary drive, the disk is recognized as a 32MB drive with no partitions/no format at all. So, a little "google-ing" later, I managed to download and run a utility called "HDD Capacity Restore", and then my two partitions were back with all my data and the correct drive capacity too. The next day, I noticed that this drive is made to support new sector (or cluster) size of 4096 bytes, and for older operating systems that don't support this feature, it provides emulation of 512 bytes sectors... Windows Vista and Windows 7 support new cluster size and don't need anything special to do. So, Western Digital recommends to use "Advanced Format Align Utility" to align the partitions with the physical clusters in disk so you can achieve full performance... Did it last night, it took about 5 hours, and the disk seems to work normally but I'm not confidence with this drive and don't know what will happend if i try to run Windows XP Recovery Console again and don't know how to make this drive bootable with my cloned XP installation. I will continue investigating and share results with all of you, any idea would be appreciated. Edit: confirmed and corrected "HDD Capacity Restore" utility name
  4. Perhaps you should try a different computer to do this.
  5. Make sure your USB cable is connected correctly to the HD, it seems that the cable that goes from the TX pin of the HD to the USB adapter is not making a good connection. Sorry for my english.
  6. What model is the HDD? Please read my older posts if you want to know about my case. My HDD is ST31000333AS, FW SD35. I already fixed it.
  7. So, now, I have just applied the solution and got my data back, the question is... Should I update firmware? What version? In Seagate website, the available version is SD1B, but does this firmware version fix effectively the problem or will my HD die again? My Hdd is ST31000333AS, fw SD35
  8. Another Successfull Fix!!!!!!!!!! Thank you very much!!!!!!! I'm backing up my most important files right now! Model: ST31000333AS FW: SD35 The fix worked at first try with no errors, I have all my data OK, two NTFS partitions. Did not use the G-list and 0LBA, only the BSY fix. Used CA-42 cable (not Nokia original but a "clonic"). Perhaps we should follow two simple rules (I will do): 1. Don't go and buy the newest technology in the store, i.e., the latest HDD model with the highest capacity 2. Backup your files! The final hyperterminal lines (after CONTROL+Z): ASCII Diag mode F3 T>m0,2,2,,,,,22 Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 14, Max Certify Rewr ite Retries = 00C8 User Partition Format 3% 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. F3 T>
  9. Hi, My HD is not recognized by BIOS. It spins up and down constantly. Just managed to connect to the TTL interface and use Hyperterminal to read the messages from my HD and this is what it shows: LED:000000CC FAddr:0024CDC9 Rst 0x20M (P) SATA Reset LED:000000CC FAddr:0024CDC9 Rst 0x20M (P) SATA Reset LED:000000CC FAddr:0024CDC9 Rst 0x20M (P) SATA Reset LED:000000CC FAddr:0024CDC9 Rst 0x20M (P) SATA Reset ... This message is repeated endless. I saw that user Spoox in this forum had the same problem but don't know if he finally managed to fix the problem. What do you think? May I try the "standard method" for the firmware issue? Thanks in advance
  10. When I connect my defective unit (ST31000333AS) my computer waits forever in the POST message "Detecting IDE drives..." so... How can I do the test? I know I could "hot plug" the drive after computer start (when Windows has already loaded) but I did break other motherboard sometime ago doing this... My drive spins up, then does some head movement noise (clicks), then spins down and then back to the beginning, spins up again... and this happens over and over again and the unit is not recognized by bios, it does not pass from POST... Is this the famous firmware issue? Regards.
  11. Hello AquaFire, I think I have the same problem with my hard disk, these are the details from it: Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000333AS S/N : ------------ P/N : 9FZ136-336 Firmware : SD35 Date Code : 09217 Site Code: TK My hard disk is not recognized by the bios, it only does a spin-up, followed by head movements sounds and spin down noise and then back to the beginning... So, what is the USB to TTL method of issuing serial ATA commands to the PCB? What do I need? Regards.