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Simple Tech USB Drive will not work

I have a Simple Tech USB Drive that will not work. When you plug it in the lights blink, but you cannot access the drive. How do I fix the drive and get my information out of the drive?

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  • qy8lady Dec 09, 2008

    I have a SimpleTech 500 GB hard drive that I have been using for about a year. The other day I unplugged it and turned off the hard drive. When I turned it back on, the hard drive made a funny noise and now I cannot access the files on the hard drive. The noise has stopped and I can see the drive in My Computer, but when I click on the e: drive, the lights flicker on the hard drive, but the computer tells me it cannot access the drive. I have checked the device manager and it says the drive is working properly. I have gone to disk management and it says "Layout - Simple, Type - Basic, File System - RAW, Status - Healthy (Primary Partition)" and Disk 1 Basic 465.76 GB Online. Is there anyway to access the disk without losing the data on the disk?

  • mdgcdg Dec 10, 2008

    My 120GB Lights up, yet my computers will not recognize it.

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I have a Simple Tech USB Drive that will not work. When you plug it in the lights blink, but you cannot access the drive. How do I fix the drive and get my information out of the drive?

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I have a Simple Tech USB Drive that will not work. When you plug it in the lights blink, but you cannot access the drive. How do I fix the drive and get my information out of the drive?

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