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Hi Murisr! Just to let you know, I also have a Seagate with the SD81 firmware on it. And Wednesday evening my computer suddenly refused to detect it. Searching the internet, I luckily found this thread (thanks to all the contributors!). I took the drive to uni with me the next morning, as we have RS232-to-TTL equipment there. The fix worked perfectly well. I used the trick with the paper-cards between the contacts, so that you don't need to put all the screws back into the PCB during the process. The only difference I saw to the official fix is that with this firmware, it seems that the drive output after the command F3 T>m0,2,2,,,,,22 (enter) is one line shorter. What I got was: Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 14, Max Certify Rewrite Retries = 00C8 User Partition Format Successful - Elapsed Time 0 mins 00 secs After that message, I switched the drive off, connected it to the computer, and windows recognized it immediately. :-) I was one happy man Thursday morning! And of course: Seagate support also told me that this drive is not affected by this bug. I wrote back "Why then did the fix work?" and they haven't gotten back to me since. I think, the refusal of Seagate to accept that their drives have a problem is the actual problem here. If they don't acknowledge that they have a problem, they won't fix it. As a safeguard I now bought a WD drive and put it into my computer next to the Seagate and I have a sychronization tool running daily to copy my data over to the WD. Next time the Seagate screws up, I'll just chuck it. Thanks again to all the people who worked on the fix! Torsten