A customer of mine thanks their lucky stars that you posted this thread..(and I gave into my inner geekyness and bought an arduino)
Ironically I found out about this Seagate issue after purchasing the EXPKIT and reading through the forums.. Storing in my memory banks for later use.
Customer comes to me today, "Hard drive is dead, Company I sent it to said they couldn't get anything from it"
Notice its a Seagate, wont detect in BIOS or on a USB converter. Check the model number and its an affected model (actually jumped on Freetronics to find this thread!)
Did a hunt round for a current copy of the serial checker, found one that gave inconclusive results (apparently the firmware on the drive was released today), figured the drive was dead and I'd give it a shot anyway.
Followed the previous fourm post and the associated link, I must have gotten the TX/RX backwards as i needed to swap them round.
One thing i will say, wait for the user partition format to complete.. it can pop out a few messages with a fair few seconds gap before the "Complete" line..
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Max Wr Retries = 00, Max Rd Retries = 00, Max ECC T-Level = 00, Max Certify Rewrite Retries = 0000
User Partition Format 5% complete, Zone 00, Pass 00, LBA 00004339, ErrCode 000User Partition Format 5% complete, Zone 00, Pass 00, LBA 00008DED, ErrCode 00000080, Elapsed Time 0 mins 10 secs
User Partition Format Successful - Elapsed Time 0 mins 10 secs
Thanks a bunch, If you're ever near East Kew Jaycar, PM me. We owe you a beer!