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  1. It worked, it worked!!! Picked up where I left off last time after fixing the BSY problem... only needed 2 more commands after that. Clear G-List, then Format Partition, and I was good to go... Now backing up all my files to the new WD I just bought... taking forever... Let's see if any of the files got damaged by this whole episode, I hope not... Now what am I gonna do with this brick? Thank you EVERYBODY for making this fix public...!!! woo hooo....
  2. Excellent!!! I'll try it once I get home from work today.... *keeping fingers crossed*
  3. *sigh* it sez mine is not affected... bull crap... i punched in a few others on the list, and I noticed that most of the drives before aug/sept show up as not affected, and the later one are affected... just a coincidence? or are they trying to minimize the damage by only limiting this to a few ranges of S/N?
  4. Just a thought... instead of trying to crack the password, is anyone on the forums well versed enough with low level Windows device driver stuff, such that they can write an ATA sniffer to see what commands are being sent from the HDDoctor software? Perhaps that's another way to get at the solution... at least that one is proven, whereas this one may or may not be real... Just a thought... ...this is all assuming the password is actually a WORD. A true brute force would take a few decades. Yeah, I doubt it's a word, especially one using English characters. I'll bet it's a Chinese character set which would take eons since they have well over 3000 characters in traditional. It would definitely be killer if someone could find a GPU powered solution. I've got two 8800GTX's in SLi (I miss 3DFX).
  5. I've tried asking SalvationDATA if they had cheaper solution or even group discounts, unfortunately they don't.... heck, I wouldn't too, if I were them, seeing that they are the ONLY commercial solution that is even remotely affordable.... I'm surprised they don't even increase it just because of this issue... Anyway, fuzzby, it looks like you're doing a great service for the folks up in Canada... I know this may be too much to ask (and maybe even bordering on breaking some copyright or IP laws), but perhaps you could help this forum by looking at what's going on in the serial ports... I'm sure someone on this forum can make an adapter that you could use to peek into the serial port activity... that would certainly speed up our efforts here to come up with a solution... just a thought, and I fully understand if you or others don't think it's a good idea... it is, after all, some form of stealing.... Like you, I am willing to pay some amount to recover my data, but USD500 is still rather steep....
  6. leaving PC on may not help... I think someone on the thread had his cuda fail while powered on...
  7. No virus here, not that I know of anyway. Could it be a coincidence? Since folks who are scouring the forums now are those whose drives had just recently died. Folks whose drives died earlier have probably moved on and put this whole episode behind them, perhaps?
  8. Oooh, looks like they inherited Maxtor's reliability... or the other way around? Either way, I'm gonna start looking around to see if I can dig out more info on the Maxtor drive than on the Seagate drive... perhaps there are more similarities that we could make use of...
  9. Probably is, but I still can't help to wonder if something in the chipset is causing this problem to crop up. By the way, your GIGABYTE EP45 uses ICH10 as well... may not be an ASUS problem, but maybe an Intel problem still...
  10. Ooops, just checked my receipts, I actually did buy it in Apr. 12th to be exact. ****, only 2 days from factory to store... **** things were selling like hot cakes... 9QM7VZBP:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09146 (09/Oct/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:24Dec2008:poolcarpet 9QM6X90B:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09115 (17/Sep/2008):KRATSG:Oct2008:28Dec2008:DaftMule 9QM6W2JE:ST3500320AS: - :SD15: - : - :5Dec2008:19Dec2008:DerSnoezie 9QM4G4PK:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08503 (16/Jun/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:Nov2008:dskbrk 9QM3RWHJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-568:SD81:08464 (20/May/2008):KRATSG:Aug2008:23Dec2008:ToKuRo 9QM7KSQJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-501:SD15:09134 (30/Sep/2008):KRATSG:28Oct2008:07Jan2009:jeroen__online 9QM2MFS6:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08406 (10/Apr/2008):KRATSG:12Apr2008:23Dec2008:quattro150
  11. 3 Asus's so far in the lot... doesn't look good... mine's using ICH10 southbridge... I believe all P5Q series are using that... shucks... could it be an Intel chipset problem then? But then again I also heard of people using nVidia chipsets facing this problem, so maybe not...
  12. I recently switched to an ASUS P5QL-PRO motherboard... what other MBs are you guys using? SerialNumber:Model:P/N:Firmware:DateCode:SiteCode:PurchaseDate:FailedDate:USername =========================================================== 9QM7VZBP:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09146:KRATSG:Oct2008:24Dec2008:poolcarpet 9QM6X90B:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:09115:KRATSG:Oct2008:28Dec2008:DaftMule 9QM6W2JE:ST3500320AS: - :SD15: - : - :5Dec2008:19Dec2008:DerSnoezie 9QM4G4PK:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08503:KRATSG:Aug2008:Nov2008:dskbrk 9QM3RWHJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-568:SD81:08464:KRATSG:Aug2008:23Dec2008:ToKuRo 9QM7KSQJ:ST3500320AS:9BX154-501:SD15:09134:KRATSG:28Oct2008:07Jan2009:jeroen__online 9QM2MFS6:ST3500320AS:9BX154-303:SD15:08406:KRATSG:Jan2008:23Dec2008:quattro150
  13. I'm at a point where I wanna try some serial commands out, but afraid of wiping my precious data... shucks... I'm considering going out to buy another 7200.11 500GB just to experiment with the commands. And if I brick it, I'll just RMA it and get a new one. Just tell 'em that the drive was like that from the get go. Within a few days I'm sure they'll just give me a 1:1 replacement... hahaha! Question is, how many times are they gonna let me do it? And once I'm through with it, that is assuming I really get to pull the data off, I'll zero fill the old drive, RMA it, and end up with 2 500GB drives, in which I'll put it in a RAID0 config and get up to 200MB/s transfer rate, which I'll just use as a temp drive for my vid and gfx editing, and oh yeah, games and unimportant stuff... sound like a good plan? Or else, anybody have a drive with the LBA 0 problem, in which you don't want the data anymore? Or even a working spare drive? If you can't already tell, I'm desperate... Heh...
  14. Strange... I'm hearing a lot of people having drives fail around Christmas time... so did mine... Dec 23rd... strange... and mine was bought in January...
  15. we're famous... http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1105026 What's your take on this? Still think we can recover our precious data? I'm still optimistic...