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Thanks for the responses. In hindsight, I'm not sure I know what to do with the .iso file. I thought if I burned it directly to a disk it would boot itself, but that may not be the case. I took a shot at making a bootable disk with Nero, using the Bootimage.img found within the .iso, but that didn't work either. The .iso comes from HP, its called sp40966 HP tech support assures me that the BIOS settings do not interfere with the boot disk, but I'm not sure how much that's worth. So if I can't get the boot CD to work, I think these are my options: -Try to install the Seagate firmware. Risk possible permanent brick. -Install manufacturer's BIOS to the motherboard, retry bootable CD. (I'm not sure if that's what you were saying mundy & jaclaz) -Leave existing, faulty firmware. Unbrick HDD every few months. Any other recommendations? The third option doesn't seem so terrible, I really am relieved just to have the drive and my data back. I wouldn't risk flashing the "original" Seagate Firmware, it is possible that there are some settings that conflict. I am not so sure about the changing in the BIOS to "legacy IDE". It is very strange that such a setting is missing on a desktop (there are several laptops/notebooks I have seen missing this option, but never a desktop) are you really sure that such a setting isn't there - possibly renamed to something seemingly completed unrelated like "Data Bus translation" or "Foolproof setting" or "Install mode". If such an option is actually missing it should mean that you are completely unable to install to that machine anything that has not Mass Storage drivers integrated. . Maybe it is possible to have the .iso recognize the HD. Which exact .iso are you talking about (link please)? jaclaz
THANK YOU everyone who has been so helpful in this thread, I finally got my drive back! I used the USB-TTL cable from Adafruit. I had no luck with a CA-42 cable I found online; the loopback worked, but as soon as I plugged it into the harddrive it became useless...couldn't even open a com port. I thought I shorted out the cable somehow, so I ordered the exact same one from the same place. I was more careful with the connections the second time, but the same thing happened. Considering the TTL cable comes with pins already attached, and the wide range of manufacturers and specs of the cell phone cables, I would really recommend you find a USB-TTL cable. That goes double for anyone on the east coast (Im in Boston), I could only find Nokia cables shipping from California. I am having a problem updating my firmware. This came from an HP computer, and has the faulty firmware HP24 still installed. Their utility won't allow me to update to HP26, because I have upgraded to Windows 7. Burning the .iso to a disk can solve this for most people....but you have to change a SATA controller option in the BIOS to IDE. It seems their quad core BIOS does not have this option. Another awesome job HP. Has anyone else been able to get around this? Is there another way to change the firmware (USB drive or through the hyperterminal connection maybe)? Will the seagate firmware run on this harddrive?