Thursday, 24 February 2011

Seagate 7200.12 ‘SIM ERROR’ Firmware Fault

The symptoms of ‘SIM Error’ firmware fault from hard drives belong to Seagate 7200.12 family are:

1. Hard drive status keeps BUSY forever after switching on;

2. In the serial command line, it outputs (when PCB is attached to hard drive):

SIM Error 3005
No HOST FIS-ReadyStatusFlags 2002A1A5
ASCII Diag mode

3. In the serial command line, it outputs (when PCB is detached from hard drive):

No HOST FIS-ReadyStatusFlags 2002A1A5

To use the conventional method of fixing a ‘BUSY and LBA=0’ 7200.11 hard drive, it outputs:

No HOST FIS-ReadyStatusFlags 2002A1A5
ASCII Diag mode
F3 T>/2
F3 2>Z
Spin Down Complete
Elapsed Time 6.015 secs
F3 2>
ASCII Diag mode
F3 T>/2
F3 2>U
HighPowerMode
ExecuteSpinRequest
Spin Up Complete
Elapsed Time 3.624 secs
F3 2>/1
F3 1>N1
Init SMART Fail

The initialization of SMART module is failed even though the hard drive passes the Spin up and Spin down operation. To solve this problem, instead of doing N1 to clear the SMART after comand U, we use command m0 first.

(P) SATA Reset

SIM Error 3005
No HOST FIS-ReadyStatusFlags 2002A1A5
ASCII Diag mode

F3 T>/2

F3 2>Z

Spin Down Complete
Elapsed Time 6.035 secs
F3 2>U

HighPowerMode
ExecuteSpinRequest

Spin Up Complete
Elapsed Time 3.573 secs
F3 2>/

F3 T>m0,2,2,,,,,22
Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 16, Max Certify Rewr
ite Retries = not supported

User Partition Format Successful - Elapsed Time 0 mins 00 secs

F3 T>/1

F3 1>N1

Clear SMART is completed.
F3 1>
Rst 0x08M
(P) SATA Reset


Written by: Zijian Xie (R&D Manager, MSc,BEng)

11 comments:

  1. Hi when i connect my 7200.12 hdd using CA 42 cable.. With PCB i am getting led00000 cc error continuosly..it seems the hdd is in busy state...when i detach the PCB & in hyperterminal when i press ctrl + z .. i am not getting the F3 T prompt... i have tried swapping the wire..still no use... Can you please help me what will be the problem?? is there any issue in cable ?

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  2. This the error Code:

    LED:000000CC FAddr:000075A5

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  5. Thanks for the added part about the m0 command having to be issued first.

    In my case I have a ST32000641AS and couldn't communicate with the PCB if the hard drive motor or head contacts were disconnected. So basically I didn't (need to) do that step as described in other guides.

    Relieved now that I have access to my data.

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  7. ASCII Diag mode

    F3 T>/2

    F3 2>Z

    HighPowerMode
    Spin Down Complete
    Elapsed Time 0.109 msecs
    F3 2>U

    HighPowerMode
    ExecuteSpinRequest

    Spin Up Complete
    Elapsed Time 6.143 secs
    F3 2>/

    F3 T>M0,2,2,,,,,22

    Failed to load overlay 00000004
    LED:000000CC FAddr:002884A1



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  9. DiagError 00006008
    Spin Error
    Elapsed Time 19.537 secs
    R/W Status 2 R/W Error 84150180

    i had this error.i refer all document,that are said tight screws and check head.
    but all are perfect
    please help me
    thank u...................

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