I have the samsung ST1000LM024 too and I have the same problem. I did the serial connection and got the same information or similar information than Bankole. I dont remember what head is wrong. At first I thought that my problem was the PCB but I read here that the issue is the head. Sometimes I disconect and connect the power SATA and my hard drive keep in calm. Right away I can see some information about the hard drive and then I press enter tab. With this steps I am able to see the next prompt: erg >
In other forums I read the existence of some commands like HE (HELP), RT (reset), etc but my hard drive doesnt respond with this commands. I had the idea that my problem was the SMART so in this case I wanted to do a SMART reset.
In this forum I also read that one guy had the same problem but he disabled the wrong head and he could read some information. In this case I want to know the set of commands for this hard drive in order to disable the wrong head and recover some personal information from my hard drive.
or finally I need to know what can I do? What did Bankole do? Did you recover your information?
Thanks and I am sorry for my english.