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Thread: Seagate 7200.11 BSY (not detected in BIOS) error solution

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    vigilantis WOW thank you so so much for sourcing all this info;

    I just fixed my BSY'd ST3500320AS using your guide and recovered 18gig of photographs which i thought were lost for good!
    I had an original nokia cable lying around the house from an old phone, it did not work.

    Got the blue/black cable form Brightwater for a mere R100.

    One thing that was a bit different though was the CA-42 cable that I got, it only had 3 wires, green (GRD), white (RX) and yellow (TX). worked immediately.

    I did the whole thing on Windows 7.
    If anyone needs a compatible driver for the cable...it's called the "Arkmicro USB-UART controller driver"
    You can find a link to it lower down in this guys blog post:
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    Also, Hyper-terminal is not included in Windows 7 so here is a copy of the XP version attached to this article:
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    Oh and before I forget...Take that Seagate! Ha

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    does any body have a hard drive board that i can buy? i need 1 with firmware sd 81 for a 500GB hd. please pm me or email me at gregoryfranck1(AT)gmail.com.

    Thanks in advance

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    Hey vigilantes thx for info,

    I have a 1.5TB ST31500341AS that doesn't want to spin up, firmware CC3H, just makes a constant buzzing noise, almost like it cannot initialize the drive. Was part of a FreeAgent Extreme external drive. Gonna try and see if this solution can help. Data not really that important but I am interested to see if this works.

    I am near the Randburg waterfront so I will drop by the flea market on Sunday and pick up the cable.
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    It will work (as far as I know). My Seagate also failed on me and I took another board with the same firmware and it did "came alive" again. But that was only temporary. At the end I had to go the data recovery route.
    If it's not a success, try contacting these guys: www.cssi.co.za ( Computer Storage Services )
    Best service I received from any company ever, I can highly recommend them.

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    Just a quick question on this fix.... must your drive actually spin up even if it's not detected? If the HDD is only making an intermittent buzzing noise, almost like it is trying to spin-up but can't - this solution can not work, this is what I am assuming after trawling umpteenth forums. Can anybody confirm this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aborg View Post
    Just a quick question on this fix.... must your drive actually spin up even if it's not detected? If the HDD is only making an intermittent buzzing noise, almost like it is trying to spin-up but can't - this solution can not work, this is what I am assuming after trawling umpteenth forums. Can anybody confirm this?
    It should work...... Mine was just making some odd clicking noise and was not detected in the BIOS. Its been a few months now after the fix and its still going strong!

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    Just for info...the buzzing sound was caused by a stuck servo motor...after many tries with the serial connection fix nothing happened so I opened the damn drive and found the noise to come from the servo motor which was stuck solid. A drive with this buzzing sound is better of RMA'd. A did see a video where they use a tool to fix this stuck motor but unfortunately you have to send the drive in for this fix. Hehe well now I know what to do next time....
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    Been trying to fix my drive for two weeks now. Got the cable, the screwdriver, some make shift pin connectors and the time together and tried it last night. Got to the point where I had to connect to the drive via HyperTerminal and then when pressing "ctrl+5" i only get an arrow "->". Did some more research and the then it was either the pins being connected the wrong way or the GDN cable needed to be the V3.3 cable from the USB connector.

    The cable swap on the GND connection and did not work... the usb connector got really hot and i think i fried the thing as windows is not recognizing the usb cable after that... I went straight to bed. F***! Back to square one.

    BTW, my CA-42 cable has "TXD" and "RXD" in stead of "TX" and "RX" respectively.

    Anyone IN CAPE TOWN I can come visit to get this drive fixed? Will pay with many beers!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxinni View Post
    Anyone IN CAPE TOWN I can come visit to get this drive fixed? Will pay with many beers!
    HTC_guy, but I think he only accepts hard cash.
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    Hello all the smart people of MyBB <--- Shameless brown nosing is 'cause I need help.

    My 1TB 7200.11 died just over a week ago. It's intermittently detectable in the BIOS, SeaTools sees it, and reports that SMART has been activated, but nothing can access it. What should I do? I don't hear any funny noises, and it spins up. If I try to boot from it, I get a Windows error about physical damage or something, so I think the heads are working (why else would it mention Windows).

    Is this user fixable? It doesn't sound like the firmware issue cause the BIOS still detects it (mostly). I've got a spare PCB, should I swap them out and try again? What would the ****ing expensive recovery experts do? What is the walk through for HDD recovery?

    Thank you, kind souls. <--- What is the correct amount of brown nosing for these situations?

    Oh, I'm willing to pay to have my porn/pirated series/movies/software recovered, but not the prices data recovery places quote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ponder View Post
    HTC_guy, but I think he only accepts hard cash.
    Thanks for the reference. Im in touch with him, and he is dropping his drive off tonight!

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by HTC_guy View Post
    Thanks for the reference. Im in touch with him, and he is dropping his drive off tonight!

    Cheers
    *shameless bump*

    was it a success?
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    what do you think?

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    Just googled 7200.11 firmware issue and found this thread.

    I have a 1TB Seagate ST31000340AS that was working fine.
    One morning a shut down the PC and when I got home at night and switched on the PC the boot up got stuck on the BIOS trying to detect the drive, about a minute later it skipped the drive and booted into Window.
    I was one a few data drives.
    Once in Windows the drive was simply missing.
    The drive sounds like it powers up fine and there's no weird noises. So I don't think it's died and there were no warnings.

    Anyone able to help me out as I want my 1TB of data but don't have R12k?

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    Hey

    Sounds like the BSY error...

    If it is... then there is a solution that costs about as much as a Nokia Data Cable and a steady nerve...

    Link..

    I have some more links somewhere... will try and find them... but google youtube for a Seagate 7200.11 BSY fix and you will find some videos about this and how to fix it.

    I myself am trying to find a Nokia CA-42 cable to butcher...

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