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Hi all, Just wanted to say thanks for the fantastic information in this post. I was able to assemble what was needed and implement the steps successfully. I now have access to the data on my Seagate HD and am busily copying important things off of it onto a safe disk. FWIW, I followed these instructions initially but the power down after the spin up step (U) was causing an error. By following the instructions on this site (which had the power down/up step later (after the N1)) everything worked well. I also used the grounding wire right off the bat, which the other instructions did not suggest. Question: is there any hope for this HD after upgrading the firmware? Can it be trusted or should i really just huck this thing in the dumpster and move on? Thanks again, mission accomplished! -Exspo