Hello again digital warriors!
Carter here just checking in with ongoing firmware war. You lot are doing fine work as usual getting the digital masses back to working order. Your computer karma should be off the charts by now.
I wanted to chime in with a little tidbit I’ve just updated on my method. I got a nice email from an engineer at Pololu, the company that makes the adapter I used to unbrick my own drives, informing me of a something they’ve started to see in the field now that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of you out there on the path to drive redemption. It seems that if you use particularly long jumpers in your setup, some LC voltage spikes can crop up and cause permanent damage to your adapter and cause you temporary insanity trying to sort out what went wrong. They have been able to reproduce the ‘effect’ consistently with jumper wires at 3 feet (about a meter) long. On their site they have linked a paper on the topic ( http://www.pololu.com/docs/0J16
) for any of you tech nerds like me that are interested in such things and even have a solution where you insert a cheap capacitor into the setup to prevent the phenomenon.
For everyone else, don't panic! I think the message is just to be sure not to use particularly long wires and be sure your elderly power supply is up to specification (dust off the voltmeter perhaps?) before plugging into it with our whacky firmware cure. I believe this spike phenomenon could impact pretty much any brand of adapter out there so I’d suggest you err to the side of caution whichever TTL adapter you buy and keep your leads as short as possible. In my case they came in under 30cm (1 foot or 12 inches) total and my 650w power supply tested right at spec.
Otherwise I hope you’re all well and that winter is treating you kindly. At the moment I’m sitting in an airport headed back to Canada where I hear the snowboarding is off to a grand start this year. Remember to look up from fixing hard drives and get some fresh air when you can out there. Good holidays to you all. Cheers!