QUOTE(Havok @ Jul 23 2007, 11:25 AM)
Just for my own knowledge... why does the drive need to spin to extract firmware??
I am not as familiar with Hitachi since I own a Samsung.
Then maybe you need to read some pinned topics and tutorials.
The v78 has to spin up a disc to extract the key using FW-ToolBox, which is the only thing that can dump/flash the v78 without removing the chip and using an external programmer. If it were a v59 or lower you could get the FW off it with just the C4EVA .bat files that come with the FW and get a backup of the FW that way to get the key, but since it's a v78 ya have to do it a certain way and unfortunately that way involves spinning up a disc.
@ CGLUE - Have you seen if the motor is bound up at all? or tried another laser? The Motor controller IC on these Hitachi drives seems to be failing a bit too and that could be the cause as well, which means either replacing it from one from anther drive, since it's impossible to find, or desoldering the FW chip for sure.