ST32000542AS with ST_M13FQBL AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRGHHHHH
Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:53 AM
First of all, I want to tell you that I'm from Spain and my English level is not too good!
So, a year ago, I bought a ST32000542AS hdd (2 TB, 5.900rpm, Sata2...) and, just 3 weeks ago it begun to fail. Windows doesn't recognizes it and BIOS gets a lot of time to show the ST_M13FQBL message (I suppose bios is trying to identificate it).
I tried the famous method to fix a HDD of 7200.11 series with Hyperterminal, USB RS232 conversor and all these stuff but with no success... What can I do? I tried to buy a ST32000542AS board with the same result. It's so important the info. inside it. I have to tell that the plates spins ok and doesn't make any bad noise or something like that. It doesn't clicks. The sound is very normal...
Thanks and sorry again! I hope you've understanded me!
Posted 22 November 2011 - 02:35 PM
Sure, the issue is quite clear .
Unfortunately NO pre-made and tested solution.
To swap a PCB (what you call "ST32000542AS board") you will need to transfer the ROM (which is not an easy DYI job if you have no experience and IF the chip gets damaged in the attempt a professional recovery will ask you even more money than usual )
Posted 22 November 2011 - 02:54 PM
Posted 23 November 2011 - 04:33 AM
Maybe YES, maybe NO.
You see, we have NO idea whether the issue is "inside" the PCB or inside the actual disk (head, pre-amp, voice coil, whatever).
If the issue is *something* in the "old" PCB, a new, working one (with the transplanted ROM chip) will work allright.
If the issue is *somewhere else* it won't.
If you know how to carry the procedure and you are relatively confident that you won't fry the ROM, it is a possibility, nothing more.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 07:10 AM
I have to say that the HDD mechanical parts are working properly and no bad sounds or clicks are showed.
I tried the 'hyperterminal solution' and did not work anyway.
This post has been edited by unounotreS: 12 December 2011 - 07:12 AM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 09:51 AM
At lot of solutions, especially since people working on their own Seagate drives became popular, aren't really fully understood. So the 'can' above should be 'might'. Just like hitting the hard disk on a table or putting it in the freezer 'might' fix it. Many people seem to jump into either the "reprogram with hyperterminal" or "swap the pcb" before really learning exactly what the problem is.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:01 AM
Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:47 PM
Posted 21 December 2011 - 02:47 PM
I.E. EXACTLY you were told here a few posts above.
So you LIED when you said that you had NO valid answers, you simply had (at least one) valid answer, that you decided to ignore in favour of another completely wrong answer (because it was simpler).
You also said that you were going to do the Rom swap, now, evidently you changed idea and brought the HD to a recovery firm to do that work (which mind you, might be a wise choice).
Now you whine about the (very high) price they asked you.
You should rephrase this:
"it's so important to the maximum extent of a commercial value of ........ (10/20/50/100) US Dollars"
This post has been edited by jaclaz: 21 December 2011 - 02:50 PM
Posted 21 December 2011 - 04:28 PM
Posted 22 December 2011 - 04:20 AM
No, you don't actually "know" ANYTHING (except from what you were told by those guys, which, for all you -or we - can say, can be an absolute truth or a big pile of b*ll§hit )
There is NOT *any* 'ST_M13FQBL' problem, that string simply means that the disk drive sends a "botched" string to the BIOS, this could be the symptom of several different issues.
From the little I know, and without further data/details, it sounds to me NOT anythng connected with "swap the rotor chip, bufer chip and controller chip ", though.
It is very possible that by reprogramming/fixing the contents of the ROM (provided that it was not fried in any of the previous attempts, the disk can be revived, but the problem is HOW would you do that?
You could buy a PC-3000 (which last time I checked shipped for around US$ 3,000 ) or a similar tool from Salvation Data, slighlty more economical, or you could try (IF your disk is "covered") the SEDIV software:
If I were you, and if you actually are interested to retrieving the (important but not worth US$ 850) data, I would try checking other KNOWN, RELIABLE recovery companies/experts and see if you can find someone that is available to attempt the recovery for a smaller price, but do not expect anything below the US$ 350÷500 range.
Just so you know, data recovery companies/experts inspire different sentiments, there are of course, and I presume the large majority, very good and nice guys among them :thumbsup:, but there are also (a few, but not so few) some of them that are in plain English crooks .
I have had reports of people that were asked as much as US$ 500÷600 to "recover" data from Seagates with the "common" BSY/LBA, and had at least one report of a data recovery service that actually when asked to give back the disk "as is", actually sabotaged it.
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