01-24-2010 08:25 PM
I've googled around the globe in three days and have come to the conclusion that I need to swap out my logic board.
Well, there's a problem... Seagate support is about as handy as Micorsoft's Black Hole Support.
How could I go about getting either a board with Firmware 3.CTA or a whole drive (ST9250827AS) or (PN: 9DG134-566 or PN: 9N2A4-500) to go about retrieving my data without the ludicrous expense of going through a recovery service?
I found one drive for over two hundred dollars on some online "shopping for the best price" page. I think NOT!
Newegg doesn't have any techy people to contact to see what firmware the drive they carry has. This is nuts.
I'm open to suggestions.
01-25-2010 04:26 PM
01-25-2010 08:31 PM
Thanks for that bit of information. This has been a grand learning experience for me thus far!
This is the first I've read of transplanting chips from one board to another save in the case of a fried chip, which mine has not.
I'll link you to my thread at pcadvisor for details. Rest assured I've tried everything short of the board swap and the platter swap inside the "zip lock freezer bag clean room." I'm presently watching and waiting for another Maxtor external like mine from which to harvest this component.
In this thread I mentioned a click. It is NOT like the patent Click of Death I've heard on several video postings. It's more an electronic sound. Hard to describe, actually. Not much need as I can tell to post photos since nothing has been fried. It's a pretty straightforward and oh, too common issue as I'm learning.
I did find an article wherein a guy replaced his burned chip. Luckily I have a new soldering pencil and a steady hand. My eyes are in need of help though! LOL!
01-25-2010 09:26 PM
01-26-2010 07:03 AM - edited 01-26-2010 08:05 AM
This is a video I took this morning-
It is of my 250gb 2.5" Momentus 5400.4 in a Maxtor 9NU2A4-500 "OneTouch 4 Mini" enclosure. Its FW is 3.CTA, Seagate model ST9250827AS, PN: 9DG134-566. I've typed this information so often that I've memorized it!
To the best of my knowlege it has never been "dropped." At least not from a distance onto a hard surface. It is possible to have fallen perhaps three feet from my tower to a carpeted floor, but I don't recall this ever happening. I do have kids, though.
Thanks for your help so far. That bit about noise vs possible severe mechanical issue is disheartening at the least. Can you say ZipLoc?
01-26-2010 11:53 PM