Following Gradius's guide is definately the safest method, even if you have to wait a few extra days and £££'s for the rs232 > ttl adapter.
I've now used it on several drives, with 100% sucess.
The thing is I ordered an rs232 adapter and fixed my drive and others using an old mobile phone data cable while i waited for the adapter to arrive.
2 wires connected from a manually switched Nokia 3210 data cable and Gradius's guide, and my data is back.
bp2411's fixed his drive using the Gradius method with a phone data cable that i sent to him too, I dont even know what phone it was off, I just winged it to find the rx tx lines.
If you cant find a proper rs232>ttl adapter try looking for a phone data cable, there's also a post from someone who used a siemens cable too.
These cable's are readily available on fleebay for a few quid.
If you go the Nokia 3210 route just make sure you make sure it IS manually switched between fbus and mbus cause the auto ones won't work cause they wait for the phone software to switch them to RX TX (fbus mode).
Gradius's guide and a few quid is definately the way to go, What price do you put on getting 100% of your data back.
The serial port cable method is more reliable than the Usb cables, but the usb to ttl adapters will work.
The usb ones use software to pretend it is actually a serial port.
A serial port is a serial port.....no other pc port translation's to worry about.
It don't come much simpler than a good old fasioned serial port.
This post has been edited by puntoMX: 24 January 2009 - 06:18 PM