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  1. I wondering if MSoft updated their W2K SP4 patch since the date on this webpage state 2/24/2009 for the patch? http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...10-297bd6ca33a0
  2. Well it seems that I must set VSS and the MSoft .... Service Provider to "start" along with making it automatic for DRIVEXML v2.02 to stop complaining that it can't lock the drive. I'd think DriveXML would "start" and change it to "automatic" to work properly without complaining vs. me doing manually.
  3. I came across this, You should make sure that VSSVC.EXE is running in your task manager. Is it normal for VISTA and XP to come with this already running? Although my computer has the two VSS services in 'manual' and 'stopped', when I 'start' these two services, then 'VSSVC.EXE' is shown in the task manager. Hence, what is considered the normal default mode of these services so that I can tell if something 'stopped' these services?
  4. I tried to backup VISTA ultimate on a laptop using DriveXML v2.02 that has a feature of drive to drive copy. The UAC is required to be turned off by DRIVExml else the list of drives aren't shown. I want to copy VISTA to a larger laptop drive which has already been partitioned with the first one a simple partition and made active along with being formatted as NTFS. However, it complains that it can't lock the drive when I use drivexml for either drive lock or using VSS. I'm not sure if I have to check the box "raw" too. As a result I forced it to copy without either one, but about 50% of it copied before it complained about a sector problem and started deleting stuff (unknown what it is deleting. Perhaps it is the files which are already copied to the new drive). If anybody has used v2.02 of drivexml on Vista, perhaps you can help. a). when to use raw mode. b ). when drivexml complains about not being able to lock, does this mean the drive that is being copied or the one getting the copy. c). In XP "MS Shadow Service Provider" and "Volume Shadow Services" are set to manual and don't show started. Does Drivexml for both XP and VISTA start and stop these services when a program uses them? Should I change them to automatic which could mean that drivexml will start/stop them. d). what can cause forced sector problems? I presume a file on the drive being copied is locked and when I forced the copy, it can't handle a sector that is locked by the OS being copied vs having a bad sector on my new drive. Note: The drive partition size being copied to is 100gigs and the one being copied is 75gigs. So it shouldn't be a drive sizing problem. Question: what is mean't by "enable" vss? Is this switching from "disable" to "manual" or "automatic", or hitting the "start" for the service?
  5. You guys may want to try out this software. http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/index.html The GUI is, gsmartcontrols This allows nondestructive testing of drive, dumping of internal logs They mention it has "-d usbcypress" support but the latest version I got doesn't seem to understand this command nor is it in the command line -h listing. I have a western digital 250gig ide attached to a sabrent ide -> usb adaptor. The software doesn't see this drive although gmsmartcontrol thinks there is something there (the icon) After running msinfo32 and displaying the USB VID and PID for my adaptor, the chipset device is VID 152D and PID 2338. I then searched ww.linux-usb.org/usb.ids and found that it was a JMicron Tech Corp chipset that had the functional capabilities of the JM20337 Hi Speed USB to SATA/PATA combo bridge. So perhaps this along with the PID 2335 could be added for this manufacter along with all the other bridges for external drives to smartmontools! There is no way at the commandline to scan ones system and list all drive devices instead of guessing them one-by-one. It would be nice to be able to list all the master/slave, model, firmware and the smartmontools device name as one command i.e like, smartclt -d ? Theres also a daemon monitor called smartd. Failure Analysis articles listings and the one on "Myth or Metric". http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/links.html I also ran the tool "diskid32" that is free from winsim inc. and it showed alot of useful info about master/slave and the drive model and firmware etc.
  6. Yes, you can go to the library like I do and download the SP4 patch and copy it to flash. Then go home and get the W2K install disk with SP3 along with NLITE on this forum and slip the old OS with the new SP4 patch. Then reburn a new install disk. The only thing you would have to do via internet is download the patches which can be quite a few, or get the unofficial SP5 Win2k patch file that people maintain on this forum for all the updated W2K patches. Again, you could go to the library, copy to flash and slip this unofficial patch into your slipped SP4 OS. BTW, if your computer is old enough and you have the INTEL chipset 8xx, then for the large disks greater than 137 gigs you'll need the intel application accelerator (IAA) software which also provides 48-bit LBA support else you'll still have data loss problems.
  7. I just posted a question on the IOMEGA forums about zip drives. However, while I was there I saw alot of people with external drives that are panicking about dead drives (seagate drives of course). I posted a response and a link to this forum. Hopefully, people there will read it and come here. The flood is coming!
  8. That's fine that the serial number inside doesn't match the casing. i could always write on the casing the new serial number. I wonder how linux can do it, since it dumps the serial number of a USB IOMEGA zip drive. I'm looking for ATAPI/IDE though See this link and search for serial, http://lkml.indiana.edu/hypermail/linux/ke...104.3/0938.html
  9. Thanks. Some programs I found will read out the firmware version, but the serial number they display is a date such as mm/dd/yy. Thus, I thought their program was busted and was looking for better software. Another site I came across was this one, but nothing for zip drives. http://www.bigresource.com/VB-Getting-Flop...Bsa2ck4lv3.html
  10. Does anyone know if the IOMEGA zip drive has the serial number for it stored in the drive? if so, is there a freeware program/script that can read this information out and display it to the user along with the firmware version too? Thanks.
  11. WIN 2k and XP support a maximum partition size of 2TB due to limitations of MBR. If you go to GPT, then VISTA and the newer W2k3 server lines will allow you to read/write the GPT partitions; however, windows 2K thru XP can only read GPT partitions, they can't boot from them and the OS must be 64 bit and not 32 bit. Why aren't you using win 2k SP4 instead of SP3 ???????? I can see 750 gig drives and format them without problem using Win 2K install disks. Of course I had to modify the w2k install disk registry with the LBA patch to be able to do this. It looks like you are trying to add the patch after it is already installed.
  12. Now that everyone is getting pretty good at fixing Seagate drives. Seagate will have a 2TB drive in the 3rd quarter of 2009. (this could need fixing too! ) see, http://www.techreport.com/discussions.x/16343 seagate press release. http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?loca...000f5ee0a0aRCRD Here's a reviewers comment on it which they supplied before they were asked! Here's a comment on that review site that I didn't know about and perhaps others didn't either. Thus, should the drive manufacturers make drives bigger than 2TB, one will have to split the drive into partitions that don't exceed 2TB each. GUID Partition Table (GPT) per Msoft site when one searches it for "GPT drive". http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/GPT-on-x64.mspx Looks like windowx X64 can do this but not x32. Can someone confirm this since I don't have x64 OS. and VISTA. Windows 7????? http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/GPT_FAQ.mspx Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI). where's the firmware? Intel has the spec on this. 4. Where can I find the specification for GPT disk partitioning? Chapter 16 of the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) specification defines the GPT format. This document is available at http://www.Intel.com/technology/efi/ More from the GPT FAQS. What about Virtual Disks that are formatted with GPT and Virtual OS'? More UEFI aka EFI at, www.uefi.org tiianocore.org Here is a link from intel to MSOFT UEFI tools. http://www.intel.com/technology/efi/diskutil_overview.htm The following Disk Utilities are available: Diskpart EFI GPT Disk Partitioning Tool Efichk EFI Check Disk Utility Efifmt EFI Format Utility Darn...
  13. I thought the firmware version out there now was SD1B and not SD1A..... I upgraded my ST31000333AS from SD15 to SD1B although my drives didn't fail before the upgrade.
  14. arrow? you should get something like this: F3 F> or if its error which solution can fix: FlashLED - Failure code:000000CC Failure Address:xxxxxxxx FlashLED - Failure code:000000CC Failure Address:xxxxxxxx can you make a screenshot what arrow you see? if it gives CC error you need to follow instructions for BSY drive. Unscrew pcb from hda and connect to terminal. When you say you see the arrow, do you mean the '>' character as shown after the "F3 F" text? If so, then it may be doing what you want, but you just can't see all the text being echoed to the display but only the last character which you are interpreting as an arrow head (not the mouse symbol). I'm not sure if windows terminal allows one to change the terminal emulation from lets say whatever you have to VT100 with 80 columns. For those who have windows setup for other character sets or right to left prompting, could this be the cause? I'm not sure how windows terminal would handle this too. Can you post screen prints of your hyperterminal settings under File->properties and show us the settings for each screen tab under this area? This will help with determining if they are set properly..... Just some thoughts on the arrow problem.
  15. If one searches for "seagate firmware" on dells site you get 2291 hits. Of course some of it may be problem discussions, and some of it the actual firmware patch. Hmmm, a click per day is about a years worth of clicking through all these links! http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?s=gen&...cat=sup&p=1
  16. The victory tool v3.4 from hddguru seems to be MSDOS based and require a floppy disk. Is there a version that runs on windows?
  17. Glad to see you managed to revive your drive. About the cache, yes that was discussed a lot, it seems Seagate used a very confuse scheme to manage 32MB. For 32MB they did, 0xFFFF + 1 * 512 = 33,554,432 = 32,768 (32MB). 0xFFFF + 1 should be 0x10000, but since they use 16-bit registry only, it goes back to 0x0000, this is why a LOT softwares will report those drives as 0 (zero) cache. Yes, $eagate did a very poor job here. So far the only program I know it will report the right cache size is Everest Ultimate Edition Cheers! So is this why HDTUNE PRO shows the ST31000333AS cache as N/A instead of 32MB?
  18. From newegg they mention this. So, this means if I replace the processor in the future, that I can't since it creates a permanent bond, or can I still do the twist and remove to break the bond?
  19. Thanks. They said it was AMD approved. Does anybody approve it for intel processors which can run hotter? There wattage is 3.8 C W/m**2 and starts softening at 48 C. Does anybody make a higher W/M**2 and is 48C a typical number?
  20. Today Western Digital is announcing their WD20WEADS drive, otherwise known as the WD Caviar Green 2.0TB. With 32MB of onboard cache and special power management algorithms that balance spindle speed and transfer rates, the WD Caviar Green 2TB not only breaks the 2 terabyte barrier but also offers offers an extremely low-power profile in its standard 3.5" SATA footprint. Early testing shows it keeps pace with similar capacity drives from Seagate and Samsung." http://hothardware.com/News/WD-2TB-Caviar-...-Drive-Preview/ MSRP for the new ginormous Caviar is set at $299. You can catch the official press release from WD. Stay tuned for the full HH monty with WD's new big-bad Caviar, coming soon. http://wdc.com/en/company/releases/PressRe...3-F872D0E6C335} spec sheet: http://wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=576 Warranty policy in various countries for WDC drives (2TB not listed yet) http://support.wdc.com/warranty/policy.asp#policy buy.com has it for $272.00 http://www.pricegrabber.com/wd20eads/produ...20EADS/st=query
  21. Articles from AMD suggest thermal grease for lidded processors and pads for non-lidded. Is this the same for Intel? At what maximum temperature should one use pads vs. grease? if it is greater than 115watts use pads and below that to use grease or vice versa? Who sells thermalpads and what is the typical cost? AMD says the pads are based on phase change material. I came across this site but they want $26.39 for just one pad... http://parts.digikey.com/1/parts/988651-th...-1500-4-x4.html or, http://www.intermark-usa.com/products/Thermal/index.shtml http://www.intermark-usa.com/products/Ther...0-%20123008.pdf Hmm, a 4 piece demo kit from intermark is $230. I don't think so. I wonder how Dell and the computer manufacturer can use thermal pads when the stuff is so expensive?
  22. Has anyone determined the pinouts from the PCB to the disk motor? That is which is ground, which is power and which is probably the switch. I don't know if the number of pins to the motor is the same regardless of the model # or if it varies. The reason I ask is that one can take the PCB and attach resistors to these pins to simulate the loading of the disk motor. Thus, the PCB will think there is a motor connected if the resistor is across power and ground for the motor. I presume the disk motor is a dc motor and isn't something more fancier. There probably should be another pin that acts like a switch such that when the motor reaches the nominal RPM speed that it makes contact and the PCB board electronics then doesn't timeout and say no disk present. If this is the case, then one could either pulldown to ground or pullup the pin to the power supply voltage to trick the electronics into thinking that their is a disk with motor present. Then one could just flash the PCB without connecting it to a drive thus preventing possible damage to either the PCB or disk. If the pin does act as a pulldown or pullup then a 1K resistor most likely will have to be used vs. a wire jumping it to ground or power to prevent excessive current from damaging the PCB board. If one has a digital voltmeter or O-scope, one could monitor their good drives on each pin to determine what each pin does.
  23. I don't know what the Event Log that is referred to above stores, or at what rate it can be expected to increment in a "normal" scenario - but I guess we have 2 end points: Best case: It turns out that this Event Log is normally empty, and only used to log uncommon physical errors. Worst case: It turns out that this Event Log is commonly used, and the increment rate is closely coupled to the user's power cycle behavior. For example the drive logs on average 1 error entry per day, and the user happens to power cycle each evening. In this scenario failure rate is 100% !! I can't think of a more frustrating experience that I have had with a vendor. Well, if the length of the internal disk drive log is 320 and we are recording one event per day, and I bought the drive jan 1,2009, then in 320 days it will fail on the 321'th day. This puts it around the 3rd week of November 2009. Hmm, now I see a correlation here between the problems people had in FY 2008 when things started dying in oct thru early december.....
  24. Slowing will do no good, since Seagate 7200.11 uses 38400 8 N 1 by default (factory). To change speed he will need to enter a cmd @ 38400 on Seagate to slow to 9600 on Seagate first, then, and only then, he will be able to use 9600 (by configuring the PC to 9600). Is that one of the commands one can send to the seagate drive? and is this hardware setup acting like a NULL modem? Curious. Moreover, since this doesn't seem to be a true modem, it can't negotiate the speed change with the seagate drive.
  25. O seu problema é simples, ou é mau contato, ou os fios que vc está usando são muito finos, ou o terra deles é mal feito, ocasionando o lixo na serial. Verifique os cabos, é algum problema neles. --- I would blame the wires, it's a contact problem, or poor GND, or too long wires, or some interference, etc. Just verify them and retry. Well if the transmission speed is to high on the RS232 port, you'll have to tell Microsofts OS to use hardware handshake RTS/CTS to do control flow. The other possibility is to turn on software flow control that imitates hardare RTS/CTS. ALso turn off the parity bit too. However, I think the solution of connecting to the drive doesn't allow for RTS/CTS but probably only between Windows PC and the adaptor people are using. If this is the case, try slowing the windows transmission speed down to lets 9600 baud or less. Since the data going back and forth between the drive and the computer is only a few characters, you won't know the difference even if it is 300 baud. This should get rid of the garbage characters. In the setup used to fix the problem, are we just setting up a NULL modem?

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