Hello guys: as you can see on my post #2709 (page 136), i triple checked everything so to be sure not to messed up the hdd.
i did everything with the help of 3 friends, who were standing next to me, doubling checking each and every command i had to enter into Hyperterminal.
as shown on the pic i attached on my post, i didnt have an error after i did all what is suggested here, which i followed in every step.
I did all the stuff using a CA-42 modified cable with absolutely no problems at all.
i did everything using an external USB/S(ATA) adapter like the one shown in previous pages, with its own energy etc etc etc
So, i put the Seagate drive "fixed" after all the solution explained here. At first, it shows as USB device. After a few seconds, it says "SB500AS" (or something similar, cant remember exactly) detected. Great i tought. I went to My Pc. Drive is shown with its exact partition name (in this case, it was drive G: Backup).
I clic on the icon, in a second, te drive simple dissapears. I go to Device Manager, the drive is seen with its correct name.
I re-connect the USB drive, shown again, but this time as "Logical Drive". I try to format, and in one second, icon dissapears again. I try to look in the management hdd sector, hdd is not recongized anymore.
After that, i put the hdd in my Pc. I power on the machine. Drive is seen on BIOS half of the times i power on my machine. In a randomly basis, i can see it on My Pc, but every single time i try to acces to it, so i can backup its content, the icon simple dissapears. I have done that even in safe mode.
So, half of the time, BIOS has detected the harddrive, but i cant acces to it properly.
so, i did again all the procedure here. Same result: drive is seen sometimes on BIOS, and once in Windows loaded, i see it on My Pc, i see the icon, now its always "Logical Drive". I try to format it, but when i clic "format" the icon dissapears again.
Im really desperate at this time. I have so so so many important stuff on it....i feel im somehow cursed or something....
I didnt do anything more than just follow strictly the directions which were given here. In the pic i attached, its clear that no mistake and no error happened during the procedure.
I can hear the hdd when i power on the machine, i can hear the head, i dont have any strange noise, not any clak clak clak noise, nothing "strange". To me it seems to be the "normal" noise of the drive. Im not an expert on this subject, but i think at this time i can "listen" when a hdd is not behaving as it should....
This all thing is driving me crazy. Im very depressed and dissapointed for all this. I even took the drive to a sepcialist here who is well known for recovery data, but he is stuck as well. We have chat over the phone and exchanged information, and he tells me exactly the same: he can access randomly to the drive on the BIOS, he may see the drive under My Pc, with the exact name, if he put the drive in a USB case, he is able to see it properly with hte correct name but that just lasts a few seconds, like me etc etc etc etc etc etc
he told me that he would try with another exact logic but he wsasnt 100% about what would happen..
Please, i need some advice...do i have another thing "broken" on this HDD?? I dont think so, since i havent done anything else rather than follow all the advice given here...synthoms were like the ones described here... powered on the machine one day ust to find out the seagate was no recognized by BIOS...and that was the beginning of this truly nightmare to me...
I didnt do anything else to the drive. I always treated it wit ha lot of care and all that...i didnt trhow it to the wall if you know what i mean...
Shall i give up and resign??
someboy out there who might know a way of recovering all the data and then i will throw away this hdd that is giving me a lot of headaches?? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!! i beg you guys here
Please, please, please, any advice,any hint, any idea i beg you guys.... much apreciatted
I just want to recover almost 460GB of crucial data for me...almost all my "digital" life, as well as university thesis and other personal stuff, is in that bloody hdd....
Edited by Gavilan, 20 April 2010 - 12:52 PM.