When i was flashing my friends hitachi drive, I used the slax disc to get the drive in "mode b," but when I tried to restart the computer, it froze at the bios. Here's a little tutorial on how to fix that problem because I'm sure I'm not the only one whose had this. Stuff needed: -hitachi drive -via vt6421 card, or another computer with onboard sata (also if your using a via vt6421 card, make sure the correct driver is installed for it) -slax boot cd which you can find the files from another page 1. Boot with the slax disc in the hitachi drive and the hitachi drive connected to your onboard sata to get drive in "mode b" 2. Unplug the sata cable from the drive to the pc from the pc. 3. Get a via vt6421a card, or another computer (im not 100% positive that another computer will work) and plug the drive (still on and in mode b) into one of the sata ports. 3. Reboot the computer in which the drive is connected to. 4. Windows should be able to boot with the drive connected and still in "mode b," and you can start your flashing from there. Do not, throughout any of these steps, turn off the drive after it has gone into "mode b." Doing that will just get your drive back into "mode a," and windows will not detect it.