Hello everybody! Thanks Gradius2 for putting vital info on resuscitating hard-drives, your contribution is very very precious! I'm so excited: tomorrow I'll get the necessary gear and will fix my 30-days old "locked" 1TB drive plenty of data. This condition makes my stomach burning... I think restoring access to personal data has no price... At Seagate they say "mine it's not affected"... it's easy to act like this... they simply offer a drive replacement... thanks so much I'll let you know! Update: haven't found the serial interface on shops, ordered on eBay and waiting for the postman to come, maybe this week I'll be on the job!