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About Jim744

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    Windows 7 x64
  1. Hi Everyone. After a short hiatus, I'm back to report on my progress. After having gone through the procedure to un-brick my Seagate drive, here are the results. I used a hot-swappable sort of enclosure to connect the drive to the computer. The computer could "see" the drive and the 5 partitions. It took a long time for the computer to "see" these partitions. Of the 5 partitions only one is readable and I was able to copy out my data to another external drive. Needless to say, the transfer rate was painfully slow, like 170 to 500 Kb/sec. I took about 3 days to finally transfer 90 Gb out. The other 4 partitions could not be accessed, giving an error message as follows: "Location is not available. X O:\ is not accessible. The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error." I think the above error message or the inability of the computer to access the other partitions is due to firmware problems. Does anyone have any idea how to solve this problem?
  2. Thank you all for suggesting various ways to get the HDD noticed by my computer. I have yet to try one more method; that of putting the HDD in an enclosure and plugging it to the USB port. Been very busy with work and visitors, but I shall soon get hold of an enclosure, most possibly by this weekend. I will then report back the outcome. Thanks again, guys and gals.
  3. Good for you, smandurlo. Unfortunately, mine still did not work. On top of the BIOS not detecting the HDD, the HDD caused the Windows 7 boot-up to hang. Without the HDD connected, boot-up went normal.
  4. jaclaz, thank you for your reply and your suggestion which I carried out. I went through the whole procedure and followed the exact steps and still my HDD is not detected by the BIOS. The thing I noticed is that after the command to do a partition regeneration (m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22), the HDD returned the final message of "User Partition Format Successful - Elapsed Time 0 mins 00sec" in my case. As I mentioned before, the zero elapsed time indicates that nothing was done. Any more ideas what I can do?
  5. I have been following this thread closely and done like everything needed to try and recover my ST3500320AS 500G Seagate drive with SD81 firmware. Every step works as recommended in Hyperterminal through a RS323/TTL converter. I have even done the "F3 T>i4,1,22" command suggested for SD81 firmware drives. I have also done "F,,22" command and received a "Drive Configuration restored to Default" result. The "m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22" command yielded, "User Partition Format Successful - Elapsed Time 0 mins 00 sec" - I think this zero time elapse indicates that nothing was done or achieved from the command inserted. With this result I even tried the recommended alternative command, "m0,6,2,0,0,0,0,22" with the same zero Elapsed Time message at the end. My Seagate HDD is still not detected by the BIOS. Back to square one. What else can I do?