I tried to repeat the upgrade from USB stick and it couldn't find software any more. My PC is happy with the USB stick but my 3600 seems to think it is broken.
I initiated the rescue procedure but the display shows "RESCUE" forever, never showing the V3.21 software on the USB stick and never showing an error message. I put V3.19 onto the USB stick (that was released in order to rescue large HDDs) and the display showed "RESCUE" for a short time and then scrolled "NO STAGE 2 PRESS OK TO RESCAN". The USB stick contained stage2 and stage2.rfl.
I opened the 3600 at this point and found that the heat sink had become partly detached from the main PCB. One of the spring loaded fasteners had become unclipped from the PCB allowing the heatsink to lift off the CPU. That was easily reinstalled but it has presumably been like this for some time (over summer - poor thing)!
I removed the original 500GB Hitachi HDD and it spins up but won't mount on my (Win 7) PC via my SATA dock. The PC and 3600 agree that the HDD definitely seems broken.
I've got a 500GB Seagate HDD but I can't get it till Monday and I'd really like to have a plan today. I connected a 160GB Maxtor HDD to the 3600. Once booted, "System info" shows "160GB HDD" but "Check and repair system HDD" shows "no HDD". The 3600 thinks that this HDD is dead but my PC is perfectly happy with it.
I've tried removing its partition but nothing changed. Is a de-partitioned HDD not valid? Should I manually create the expected partitions? Would that be 400K and the rest? Would I have to format them EXT3 and JFS or could I expect the 3600 to do that?
It seems that my 3600 has died so it can't read USB or SATA storage devices and simultaneously eaten its original HDD. This seems unusual to me (all the power supplies seem in good shape now). Has anyone seen a new MTV3700 on sale for less than about $650 recently?