Freetronics forum member “rapslogan” had a Seagate 7200.11 hard disk drive, which is notorious for deciding it is permanently busy and then refuses to be recognised by the system BIOS – rendering all the data inaccessible. However there is a solution which involves the Freetronics Eleven to act as a USB to UART adaptor, then with some commands sent via terminal software the drive becomes less ignorant of the world around it and carries on as normal.
For the solution and more information about the problem, visit our Freetronics Forum. And we’re on twitter, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
To get started with your own Arduino-based project or hard-drive repair sideline, consider our Freetronics Eleven – the Arduino-Uno compatible with low-profile USB socket, onboard prototyping space and easy to view LEDs: