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Simpletech 500 gb external hard drive

I believe my power chord went bad. i plugged it in and am getting no power at all i took the hard drive off the chord . and let the plug stay in the outlet it did not get warm at all. do you believe this would be the problem.

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  • mindwarp1966 Sep 07, 2008

    adonis i plugged my laptop chord into my simpletech external hard drive i found that it powerd up my external but i had to remove it as it would have fried the hard drive or another chord lol.

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There is a power consumption work-around untill a Y usb wire can be purchased; the main power cable must still be used at all times but this workaround should only remain temporary!!!
Simpletech should have included this so laptop users could use the drive as their capacity is better than the packaged slimmer simpletech portable backup drives for laptops, which does include the Y cable....
1) unplug usb while powered and unknown hardware is present on laptop...
2) turn power switch off from the external HDD...
3) return power switch to on from the external HDD...
4) plug in usb connection to laptop...
Autoplay should read from external HDD!!!
**** Save some $$$ and buy a Y shaped cable to provide sufficient amount of power from laptop usb
ports, cause it's necessary to use 2 of your ports to provide power in addition to the main power from HDD to wall****

ADONIS

Posted on Sep 06, 2008

  • WattoAdonis Sep 08, 2008

    Best solution if you are not shy about doing this and can spend the money is; go back to the store where you bought your Simpletech external drive, and purchase another one so you can switch the power cords and return yours instead to get your money back... Just check store policy on returns!!! Or you can find another electronics store that can sell you another one with matching specs for voltage and consumption so as you mentioned it will not risk frying the drive!! Good luck with that! ;-)


    ADONIS

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