In defence of Gradius2 and others who, if they hadn't pursued the simple solution to this problem, we might never have known how really simple the problem is to solve. Instead we all would have had to pay big dollars to data recovery companies for something they could fix in 15 minutes. I for one was quoted a cost of $500 for fixing my drive and I know some probably would have had to pay a lot more.
Its interesting how the "data recovery people" are jumping into the forums since a solution has been posted. Why did't they try to help from the start!
Anyway I don't want to start a flame war again. Now I do see merit in what Aviko is saying about powering down/up PCB during the fix that issues could occur. I concur with a previous post that Aviko, if you have a better safer solution to fixing these drives then post your solution in full and let the users decide which one they want to use... Then there can be Kudos to both!
you are wrong. Gradius2 didnt provide anything.
ok, as you wish
Drive is busy example, not solution: drive ST3500320AS SD15 remove 3 screws nearest heads connector, motor connected, put something between pcb and hda to lift pcb and prevent contact. power on, wait until drive stops motor (ctrl+z) F3 T>/2 F3 2>Z Spin Down Complete Elapsed Time 0.146 msecs [color="#FF0000"]ADDED: Now its time to put pcb back to hdd and install it.[/color] F3 2>U Spin Up Complete Elapsed Time 6.864 secs this part is not necessary, use when firts try fails F3 2>/ F3 T>F712 Byte:0712: RealTimeUpdatedFlags = 00 00 Byte:0712: Bit:0, HPA_SET_BY_SETMAX = 0 Byte:0712: Bit:1, HPA_SET_BY_SETMAX_EXT = 0 Byte:0712: Bit:2, DCO_SET_ACTIVE = 0 Byte:0712: Bit:3, CONGEN_READ_FROM_MEDIA = 0 <- configuration not loaded from surface F3 T>F,,22 Drive Configuration restored to defaults. F3 T>F712 Byte:0712: RealTimeUpdatedFlags = 08 00 Byte:0712: Bit:0, HPA_SET_BY_SETMAX = 0 Byte:0712: Bit:1, HPA_SET_BY_SETMAX_EXT = 0 Byte:0712: Bit:2, DCO_SET_ACTIVE = 0 Byte:0712: Bit:3, CONGEN_READ_FROM_MEDIA = 1 <- done (end of part to skip at first attempt) F3 T>/1 F3 1>N1 F3 1>/ F3 T>m0,2,2,0,0,0,0,22 Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 00, Max Certify Rewrite Retries = 0000 User Partition Format 5% complete, Zone 00, Pass 00, LBA 00008DED, ErrCode 00000080, Elapsed Time 0 mins 05 secs User Partition Format Successful - Elapsed Time 0 mins 05 secs F3 T> (finished, power off)
@edit: added missed step to install pcb back on drive.
This post has been edited by aviko: 04 February 2009 - 10:54 PM