I am going to "claim" that I was the person who really kicked this whole quest off with pichi.
I have never made a negative post in the hddguru forums, due to 3 reasons.
A) What's the point?
You never know when someone will extend you a helping hand
C) I knew what the answer was going to be (Contact a DR company)
Did the pretentious(and sometimes arrogant) attitude that the users there showed bother me? Yes, it did, however I also accepted the fact that this is their lives and living.
The things that the hddguru forums did to kick off this quest was:
The posting of the 0GB LBA=0 video
Someone made a post about "3 wires and a terminal connection"
The non-soldering option to connect to the drive
The link to some russian sites which actually showed the command list of the 7200.11 drive, as well as many other tips.
After I found this information, it then led to the 0GB recovery document released by Salvation Data with the Salvation fix for 7200.11 drives.
After that, everything just snowballed until Graduis found the exact commands. I would like to say that pichi and I were close, but we really weren't. (after seeing the final command set)
So don't get into a flamewar with them. Thank them for their useful posts, that were almost all posted in a totally arrogant "I know and you don't" fashion. They can complain all they want, but in hindsight, it all started with their forum.
Gradius2, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
I repaired my ST31000340AS SD15 by your tutorial.
Circuit from http://forum.hddguru...ize-t11040.html
was soldered and works fine.
I did power off ONLY before the last command:
(This is my choice)
I had a look at that forum and the guys over there are a bunch of pretentious w*****s.
I vote that everyone who has successfully used this Gradius2's method (not the PCB swap method) go over there and let them know.