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Computer wont recognize external drive

Computer won't recognize drive. I was working in it yesterday, Today the computer won't recognize the drive. I get the emblem that shows I can remove it safely, but no drive on control panel. Product is the Simpletech Duo Pro Drive 1TB.

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  • phototom512 Oct 06, 2008

    I have the same problem with my computer not selecting the drive for the external drive.
    I need to reformat the simple drive

  • pillay123 Oct 20, 2008

    My computer also has the same problem. The drive isn't picked up, either on Windows XP or Linux.

    It also doesn't work on my laptop and even a friend's laptop running XP.

  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008


  • danny77909 Dec 14, 2008

    i have a 320 GB same problem

  • george1234 Dec 14, 2008

    same problem here. I tried to detect it on a dell and a compaq. NG

  • wildpearl Dec 17, 2008

    Same problem - trying to store my music files for iTunes and my photos there - after about 9 months of working perfectly now it suddenly soesn't have anything inthe folders evern though the drive is still there. It shows the space being taken up and after a restart of the computer I see them there. When I use with iTunes sometimes it suddenly disappears.

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2009

    el problema es que el drive no es compatible con la placa base


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The simpletech 1tb drive's case has issues. I had the same problem. It actually quit while I was running a video off the drive. I replaced the case by removing the harddrive from the one it came in and installing it in another case and now it works again.

The first thing I would try is installing the drivers it came with, but failing that you will need to replace it's case.

It has 4 screws to remove, 2 under the silver warranty voiding tape and 2 visable on the bottom side. Remove them, then use a flat screwdrive to pop the case open (gently). Then remove the harddrive.

You will need a case with SATA data AND power cables for this to work.

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