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For those wondering which cable to get, I had success with this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008AGDTA4 (though for me, the cable came with the TXD and RXD reversed). This is powered from USB so it just works off the bat, but you might need to remove the black plastic on the pins in order to fit into the hard disk pins (and obviously wrap it with some insulating tape). Download the chip's drivers so your OS can install it properly http://prolificusa.com/pl-2303hx-drivers/ Goodluck to all, this was very annoying to fix