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General Information
Supported Drives
DiskSense Units


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Disk Diagnostics
Disk Duplication
Selective Head Imaging
File Recovery
Password Removal
Firmware Recovery
Disk Utilities
Case Management


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Serial Port Connection

RX/TX signals on Seagate hard drives

If you'd like to use password removal feature on Seagate hard drives, you will need to use Serial Port connector. Atola DiskSense unit is equipped with Serial Port; you will also need the Serial cable that comes with Atola Insight package.

Important note: Serial port has polarity. There are two wires; one is TX (transmission) and another is RX (reception). In this manual we do not display the correct polarity. It is very easy to find out the correct position by following these steps:

1. Power down the drive
2. Attach the serial cable as shown further in this manual
3. Open up the terminal window, select the port number and speed (for Seagate 7200.10 and older: 9600; for 7200.11 and newer: 38400); click OK
4. Apply power to the drive
5. If you are seeing a meaningful output in the terminal window immediately after you apply power, then everything is set up correctly. Otherwise power down the drive, unplug serial cable from the drive; rotate it 180 degrees, and then plug it back.

Desktop IDE hard drives

:::::::::::::::::::::    ::::    * * * *
         IDE           JUMPERS    POWER

: — Master jumper setting
: — RX/TX signals

Laptop IDE hard drives

Most Laptop hard drives require Slave setting.

44-pin IDE

: — SLAVE jumper setting. For MASTER setting just remove jumper.
: — RX/TX signals. Note that one pin (top right) is shared by the jumper AND RX or TX line.

If you are using Atola 3.5-inch to 2.5-inch adapter like the one shown below:

then RX/TX signals are mapped to pins A and C and Slave setting is A and B.

Desktop SATA hard drives

  ==========  ====      ....
         SATA         JUMPERS

: — RX/TX signals

Laptop SATA hard drives

  ==========  ====      ....
         SATA         JUMPERS

: — RX/TX signals