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Hi, i have restored an ST3500320AS from BSY status (or at least I think), now is recognized by bios but not Windows. Explorer still search for the partition, then nothing.

I can see the content of the HDD only with Linux Xubuntu through the software TestDisk, but not always on the first attempt.

It also happen that when i try to make a backup (with TestDisk) to another drive, sometimes give me a read error (can't read the partition) and i must retry the copy.

What can i do for fix this problem?

I haven't updated the firmware. I could fix it on this way?

I am available to do any test!


Thanks and sorry for the poor english  :angel

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DO NOT EVEN THINK of updating the firmware, that is point #5 of the read-me-first:


See also:




Try making a DISK image (from Linux and using ddrescue from it).


You were  ALREADY told what the suggested procedure was, the idea is to start a new thread to get help if you have problems following THAT suggested procedure, not to propose alternate (BTW wrong :ph34r:) procedures.


That disk clearly has a number of issues (of unknown nature) that most probably were the causes that made it a "brick".


The fact that you unbricked it successfully has not "fixed" the other (previous and underlying) issues that caused the bricking.


Your ONLY chance is to manage to image as many sectors as possible to a disk image residing on a new disk  (or however a surely working one), and to do this you need to use tools (such as ddrescue) intended for this type of imaging from defective media.



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I can't use at 100% ddrescue because i don't have another hdd of same/bigger size. In fact i have done a manual backup with TestDisk of most important data on another hdd. Now i may format or whatever to do to fix.

What can you suggest?


Thank you!

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What can you suggest?

What I ALREADY suggested you, and that you completely failed to read or decided to ignore.


Try re-reading, slowly this time the read-me-first (which you should have read first), particularly point #5:


And this post:



Try also reading this one:



I doubt I can be more explicit without offending someone. :unsure:


WHAT is the difficult part in them? :w00t:


You were EXTREMELY LUCKY in succeeding to recover whatever you recovered from a defective disk.


Now you test it with BOTH the Seagate Short and Long test.


If it passes both, then the disk drive is as reliable as it was before the bricking (very little). <- it is of course entirely up to you to decide if you want to continue using it, keeping on it not backed up data, I have a word to define people which will take this decision, but I won't use it as I don't want to offend you :ph34r:.

If it fails to pass even only one of the two tests, the disk is gone forever and it should actually be thrown away, or used as a doorholder (or similar).


You ALREADY did a BIG mistake in not having those data backed up (before the disk bricked itself) data (if it has any value) should exist ALWAYS on at least two separate media.


Like most people you never considered the possibility of a disk failing (this is normal, both that you were not aware of the risk and that a disk actually failed) but now that you know that this possibility exists and you actually already experienced it, you are going to insist on it?


I mean:




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