Unfortunately the first two threads aren't accessible for me, but i'll definitely read through the two on hddguru too see if it's a solution.
Peter threads are about refurb/reuse drives by using ARCO and SS. Those procedures will erase all the data on the drive, if you were alble to run them (and most likely you can't and that is good for you).
If you really need the data out of the drive your best choice now is to consult with a professional data recovery firm. At this point it might be a cheap recovery and you don't want to make it un-recoverable by trying random things with the software.
At any rate if you don't want to pay for professioal services then you will need at least a full working copy of WDMarvel (or any other WD firmware tool) and you need to understand some basic concepts about WD firmware restauration/repair.
Basic procedure would be :
- Detect the drive in PIO (my guess is that you have some problems with DRIVERS on your windows installation. You should be able to select PIO even with WDMarvel DEMO. I think that you should run WDMarvell with full admin priviledges and you MUST make sure that you have 32 bit os or that you allow installation of un-signed drivers).
- Backup ROM.
- Block SA access at boot up by changing regions.
- Power off/on.
- Get compatible donor FW for the same model and FW version.
- Load Loader (mod 11) to RAM.
- Set regions back in RAM.
- Load DIR (mod 01) in RAM.
- Attempt to read S/A.
- You might need to use compatible ROM+Loader to get to original SA and then use module 11 with native ROM.
In any case i don't think that you will be able to do this repair without professional help or at least without playing with WD firmware first and experimenting allot with good drives.
Regards and good luck.
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