I thought I'd give some bitsetting function to the 7203S by using Binflash (1.45) and 1.06bt. However, towards the end of the writing process, an error message came up as: "Error leaving safe mode." Now, the drive has the blinking LED showing a firmware of 0.12, which seems to indicate that firmware is missing, though boot code is still present.
I've tried reflashing through nVidia (nForce4) and ATI (580/3200) chipsets with official firmware, but shows "Flash Failed" near the end as well, both in normal and safe modes in WXP.
The flash chip is a serial-type from Winbond, W25Q16VSIG, datasheet here.
Anyone have suggestions as how to recover this drive?