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Thanks to all of your for your advices, I successfully recovered my HD using the solution from this post (ie USB cable) : http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showto...mp;#entry883939 I had the "Error 1008 DETSEC 0000500D", so stopped the spinned down the motor a second time (using "Z"), screwed up ALL the screws (I had screwed all but the "center" one), and retried spinning up ("U") and it worked ! Cheers Anonymous