9 years ago I had this 1TB Seagate ST31000340AS hard disk that I was using as a primary drive for my Os and also the place to store all my photos, video clips and other important stuff.
At some point it simply failed to work. No strange sounds, no nothing. The BIOS would not recognize it, OS would not see it.
I left it like that for for 6-7 years, but in the last week I started informing myself about how to fix it.
I knew there wasn’t any mechanical issue with it and I was suspecting HDD firmware issues.
And my suspicion was right. There was a known glitch with multiple series of Seagate models, more specific – with their SD15 firmware.
Now the fun begins, because there is a solution to this issue.
The materials needed to fix:
1. bricked Seagate HDD
Also found as “PL2303HX USB to UART TTL Cable Module 4p 4 pin RS232 Converter”.
4. A postit or a piece of paper, foldet 2-3 times or any other slim non electric conductive material.
5. Prolific PL2303HX drivers that actually work on Windows 10 (get the from here not the manufacturer’s website).
6. (optional) External HDD rack or connect the HDD directly to your motherboard via SATA and Molex ATX power cable.
Before we start, please be aware that there is a slight possibility that you will lose your data or break your HDD if you are not careful.
If you have important data that you cannot afford to lose, please go to a data recovery company to fix your hard drive.
Start the fixing process:
power off your PC or your external USB hard disk rack.
Important: make sure that the SATA or USB cable is disconnected from your PC/external HDD rack.
Remove any jumpers from the HDD. If you have any.
Take the Torx T6 screw driver and remove all 6 screws and detach the HDD PCB. Remember that the long screws are always connected on the corners of the HDD.
Place the folded postit between the PCB and the contacts for the drive head. Leave the drive motor contacts in place. Tighten the three screws closest to the motor contacts. Leave the other three screws loose or removed.
Install the USB adapter’s drivers (from the link provided at the beginning of the post) and make sure that Windows sees it as COM port in Device manager and you don’t have any yellow errors on it. Reboot if necessary.
Connect the USB adapter to the PC.
Go to Device manager and right click>> properties and make the following settings on you new installed USB/COM adapter:
Choose 38400, 8, None, 1, None in the COM properties box.
You will need to connect 3 wires from the USB adapter to the HDD. The 4th is not used:
GREEN cable is RX on the USB -> connects to TX on HDD
WHITE cable is TX on the USB cable -> connects to RX on HDD
BLACK cable is the ground -> connects to the ground pin on HDD
You should connect the TX pin of the hard drive to the RX pin of the adapter, and the hard drive’s RX pin to the adapter’s TX pin. This is the theory. In the real life it worked backwards for me.
Connect the 3 pins like this:
These pins are located next to the hard drive’s SATA connector.
If you can’t fit the pins on the HDD, strip the plastic shielding from the pins.
After inserting the pins, power on the PC or the external USB rack. The SATA cable should be disconnected from the HDD. Same for the external rack.
Make sure that the phone and your laptop/PC are connected to the same WLAN SSID and have IPs in the same subclass, for example 192.168.1.x
Start SSHDroid and make sure that is connected to a wifi connection and has a valid IP. See the screenshot below!
– create a SCP session and enter the phone’s IP from the step above. The username should be root and the password admin
Once the SCP session is open, go to the /data/data/com.tinder/cache/picasso-cache folder and download all the files with the “.1” extension in that folder. Hint: WinScp can sort by file extension or file size.
Go to the local folder on your PC (where you downloaded the files).
Hit the Windows+R keyboard combination, write cmd, hit OK.
Issue the following commands: cd C:\Users\your_username\Documents\tinder // assuming that this is where you downloaded the files
and rename all files with the following command: ren * *.jpg