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Windows 7: Seagate 7200.11 BSY & 0LBA Fix Wont Work

29 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Seagate 7200.11 BSY & 0LBA Fix Wont Work

So as it says in the title i have had a seagate 320gb 7200.11 HDD sitting in my closet dead for almost a year now and then i came across this forum post

The Solution for Seagate 7200.11 HDDs - MSFN Forum

And i thought i would finally be able to get my data off the drive, so i purchased all necessary components and followed the steps it all worked out perfectly but my drive still shows 0LBA.

So i know the majority of that thread is for the BSY fix but it also has a section at the bottom for 0lba, anyway i tried following just the lba part to no avail and then the whole thing about 8 times and i still cant get into my drive.

I know it definately works cause my hyperterminal can comm with the drive perfectly and all steps come back fine.

Anyone know why this works for nearly everyone but me?

Heres another link i came across which is similiar and still doesnt work.

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02 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

With a face like that (avatar) you should've been able to scare that drive into submission without having to buy all that extra stuff.

I feel for you, and I'm sorry I have nothing to offer. Seagate really screwed up there. Seems as though a simpler fix might've been for Seagate to ship a new "fixed" controller board to those unwilling to send in their drive for repair, as most of the affected drives had to be under warranty when that was written.

I usually use testdisk/photorec to recover data from failing drives, but based on the problem description I don't think they would help at all.
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02 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

No data recovery software worked at all, i tried about 15 different programs. I didn't even know the drive was failing i know S.M.A.R.T isn't very good but from what i understand is the drive doesn't mechanically "fail" apparently its due to a piece of mis-written info getting inserted into the boot section of the drive.
So i basically turned the PC on and in 5ms a piece of crap data was written that caused the drive to fail boot EVERY time until a smart erase is done.

Im hoping that someone who has performed this procedure can give me some insight as to what i may have done wrong.
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02 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yeah, that's why I think a new controller board might work, as it seems that was the source of the bad writes (nothing to do with anything on the inside other than where and what it wrote).
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02 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yea apparently that does also fix the problem but I wasn't able to find any pcbs for my model, I found one for nearly every other drive but mine.

So this was the only choice I had
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02 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yeah, hard to find one that's truly compatible. They frequently get changed over the course of the model run, so it's best to find one that was for a drive that was manufactured at the same plant and within about a week that yours was.

But in your case, even if you found one it sounds like the replacement may have the same issue as yours. Seems to me that Seagate should've offered "fixed" boards. Did you contact them?
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02 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Nah I had the drive for about 2 years then it died and I had it stored away for another 2 years till I came across a fix cause back then I wasn't sure what was wrong so I probably missed warranty period.

Also apparently if you contact them they offer to replace drive but I don't want another seagate lol I just want my data so I can store it on my WD.
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02 Jul 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Yeah, I understand. The hard drive itself is one thing, the data on it is an entirely different story. Depending on what's on it, it's sometimes not worth the risk of sending it back just to get a free replacement. The likelihood of someone there trying to get at the data I'm sure is very, very low, but all it takes is one rogue employee. Plus you forever lose the chance to recover it yourself one day.
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