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My external hard drive was will not power on. I believe lightning from an electrical storm has caused the damage. I dont know if it is the hard drive or the ac power supply? i need to get it fixed... can anyone help?

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Try plugging in the Hard disk to some other power outlet, if it still does not power on , you may need to replace the drive. Sometimes, the problem maybe with the connector that is used to connect your hard disk to the main power supply. Check this cable with some other Hard disk to make sure there are no problems with the cable. If this also does not work , try getting a replacement (Incase your product is still under warranty).

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I have a dell dimension v333c that will Not start


Do you hear any beeps or other sounds like whirring fans or spinning hard drives when you turn it on? If you do not hear anything, it's likely that the power supply has gone bad; this may especially be the case, if you have had a lightning/electrical storm within your area recently and/or they can just go bad on their own.

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Reasons why Hard Drives fail.


A hard drive's file system may become corrupted or damaged due to a virus or software malfunction, but this is not a true drive failure because in most cases you can reformat the drive and reinstall the operating system and everything is back to normal. Hard drives fail due to a malfunction in their mechanical or electrical components.

The following picture illustrates the major components inside a hard drive:

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The following is a list of the most common mechanical failures that can happen.

1. The spindle motor can malfunction. The spindle motor works much the same way that cd-rom or dvd player spindle motor works and is located in the middle of the hard drive platters. In a hard drives case, it's job is to spin the platters.

2. The read/write heads malfunction or the actuator arm malfunctions and prevents the read/write heads from reading the data stored on the hard discs (the platters). The picture below shows a closer view of the platters, actuator arm, and read/write head.

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3. The hard discs themselves can become damaged by rough handling (dropped) or can in some cases become scratched by the read/write heads if they touch the disc.

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4. On the back side of the hard drive case you will see where the cable and power supply plugs in and you will also see where the jumpers are. These contain small pins and can easily be bent or broken.

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5. Another problem that can occur is the cables and ribbons themselves become loose and do not make a proper connection or the cable themselves can become damaged. The power cable can also become damaged or malfunction.

Picture of an IDE cable.

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Picture of a SATA cable.

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Hard drives can also fail due to malfunctioning or damaged electronics on their circuit board.

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The most common electrical components to malfunction are Transistors, Capacitors, and Resistors. Power surges are the common cause of these small components to fail, so remember to make sure you are using a good surge protector or a UPS system for your entire computer system. A good policy is to always unplug your computer system from outlets when a storm is capable of producing lightening. It is also important to remember that if any of these failures happen, it will be cheaper to replace the drive for a new one. You can return a hard drive to the manufacturer to be fixed if it is still under warranty. Read your documentation and warranty information carefully if you purchase a new hard drive to upgrade/replace your old one.

The following picture is an illustration of where the hard drive is located inside the computer case. In this case, it is a SATA hard drive.

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Emachine problem


Unfortunately your patient is dead. The power surge has almost certainly burnt out one or more connections on your motherboard. The power supply is still functioning as you have a light on, but the only solution is a new motherboard. It's also probable that your memory has been trashed, and the only way to tell if the hard drive is still OK is to try it in a working PC. Power surge protection sockets are very cheap and it's worth plugging your new PC into the mains via that next time :)

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Cant detect hdd


Hi Martin...

The problem is being caused by the Logical Disk Manager
Administrative service and possibly the logical Disk Manager service
not being started or the services might be disabled. to solve the
problem, click on the "Start" menu, click the "Run" command, and then type
in the box: services.msc , scroll down until you see both the above services.
right click on each of the services about and select properties, on the
general tab, change the startup type to "automatic" and click the start
button under the service status. do this for both of the services, and
that should will fix your problem."
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For Windows 2000 and XP:
Right click on My Computer.
Choose Manage (This will open the Computer Management window).
Go to the Storage category and select Disk Management
Right click the new drive (usually listed as Hard Disk 1) and "initialize"
You now have the option to partition and format the drive.
The default settings of Primary Partition and NTFS- Quick Format are recommended for most users.

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External hard drive can not be recognized, are more common on computer
failures, what's the reason caused this failure?
1, Setting the CMOS parameters
If you never used the USB external device, there may occur the case:
The system can not detect USB hard drive even if the driver is properly
installed, which was mainly due to the motherboard CMOS default port is closed, if not set to
open state, it naturally Windows can not detect the external hard drive. In order to solve this
problem, we can re-boot into the CMOS settings, and set "Assign IRQ For USB" to "Enable" in
"PNP / PCI CONFIGURATION" column, now the system can be assigned to the USB port available
interrupt address.
2, Power shortage
As the USB drive need to consume some power when it at work, if directly through the USB interface
to take power, the power supply may be not enough. Thus, almost all of the external hard drive
comes with a separate external power supply or a PS2 keyboard to take power transfer interface,
at this time you should connect external power supply or through the transfer cable ps2 connected
to keyboard to ensure that it have provided adequate power to the external hard disk,
recommended that you should ensure the external hard drive have adequate power supply when you
use it, otherwise, the external hard disk is likely to be damaged due to insufficient power
supply.
3, USB extension cable fault
USB interface type does not match the external hard disk interface ,this case caused it can not
be used. For example the standard USB interface of the computer configuration is 1.1, while the
external hard drives purchased are USB 2.0, which requires the cable connected computers and
external hard disk must support USB 2.0 standard. Because high-speed mobile device plug in a
low-speed hub, the device may not be properly installed, and some people use external hard disk
while using USB flash drives, For convenience, they directly used USB 1.1 standard cable that
supplied by USB flash drives, as a result, the USB 2.0 standard hard drive not be recognized
correctly. Just replace it by the USB 2.0 standard cable can solve this problem.
4, Windows version is too low
Pre-Windows 98 operating system does not support USB peripherals, so in any case to install the
driver, set the CMOS parameters are unable to make normal use of external hard disk. In this
case, one solution is to upgrade the operating system up to Windows 98, another way is to
Microsoft's official site, download the appropriate patch to make it can identify mobile hard
disk.
5, The system is set incorrectly
When installed driver, the external hard disk icon will be seen on the Device Manager for some
Windows 98 users, but the Explorer does not include the corresponding letter identification,
which is improper system settings. In the Device Manager, double-click the Hard Drive icon, and
click the pop-up window in the "Properties" button, and you could see disconnect, could be
deleted, synchronous data transmission and Int 13 unit four options, of which "could be deleted "
is no tick in front of the system, and simply check this option to restart your computer, you can
see in the Explorer, the new external hard disk drive letter.
While the failure of the external hard disk does not recognized are more the reasons, but
generally not the USB interface or external hard disk's own fault, so it requiring us to consider
some more from around the association when exclude it, I believe you can successfully use the
external hard disk.
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Hi I had the same problem and solved it like this assuming that you are running windows xp

With your external casing powered-up (it does not get power through USB does it?) and your WinXP
PC running, plug in the USB.
You should hear 'chime', what happens then?
If harddisk is recognised here, but does NOT have a drive-letter and cannot be seen in Windows
Explorer, the answer is in Windows Disk Management
...
Go Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management. ( on left column)
Maximize this page. Physical Drives appear at the bottom; Logical Drives at the top.
Hopefully your drive will appear at the bottom (physically), you must then 'import' it into the
Windows installation
; Windows will put its 'signature' on the drive and assign it a logical drive letter :^)
you can try to format it here if it is new and has no info on it , check back to My computer and see if present.

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