Question about SimpleTech SimpleDrive STI-USB235/160 160 GB Hard Drive
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Need troubleshooting assistance please with a Simpletech SimpleDrive
DC Adapter12V 1.5 A
The drive was left on for an extended period of time and may have overheated.
When the drive letter is clicked, the response states that I need to format the disk.
The drive now makes a noise as if it is spinning but the noise is louder than the noise made by an identical drive that I also own.
XP and Vista cannot read any information on the drive.
The drive cannot be read so that a Windows diskcheck cannot be performed.
Properties of the drive show 0 free space and 0 used space
I tried an alternative power supply from an identical drive – no success
I tried an alternative USB wire from an identical drive – no success
Using a forensic tool I acquired an image of the device that shows the following
Type of file: DD File
Size 4,194,300 KB
The forensics tool provides the following report about the drive:
Forensic Acquisition Utilities, 1, 0, 0, 1035
dd, 3, 16, 2, 1035
Command Line: dd.exe if=\\.\PhysicalDrive2 of="E:\1. acuired simpletech\image.dd" conv=noerror --md5sum --verifymd5 --md5out="E:\1. acuired simpletech\image.dd.md5" --log="E:\1. acuired simpletech\image.dd_audit.log"
Microsoft Windows: Version 5.1 (Build 2600.Professional Service Pack 3)
11/10/2008 11:18:37 (UTC)
11/10/2008 05:18:37 (local time)
Disk: HDS72251 6VLAT20 (S/N )
Tracks per Cylinder: 16
Sectors per Track: 63
Bytes per Sector: 512
Total Size: 160836480 KB
Media Type: Fixed hard disk media
Partition Count: 4
Starting Offset: 0000000000007e00
SOURCE: simpletech 320 gb
It has to do with the way computers count. Computers count in binary where we count in decimal.
Hard drive makers list there drives capacities in the decimal format, where windows lists it in it's binary format.
Wikipedia has a good explanation.
Also, the drive may have some preinstalled software on it that could be taking up a bit of space (it's usually not much).
Posted on May 17, 2008
SOURCE: simpletech 250G
SimpleTech has problems with their controller board. The HDD inside probably still works fine. You might want to get an external chassis and take the hard drive from the SimpleTech and put it into the external chassis. You will need a sata one.
Posted on May 07, 2009
It could be that it's internal power supply burnt out,
in which case the drive itself could still be fine.
Try opening up the external case, and removing the drive.
Once you do, plug it in to your computer directly using its SATA cables, and see if that works.
Hope I helped,
Posted on Jun 21, 2009
The drive was damaged during the interuption. This has happened to alot of my flash drives and there is not way to fix it. You can, however, replace the hard drive in the case. Open the case and you will see a small laptop hard drive (that's all it is), purchase a new replacement and throw it in there.
Posted on Oct 04, 2009
I seriously doubt the integrity of this question as any forensics Dept would know how to do this.
There are plenty of data recovery programs on the net that will do the job.
Posted on Jan 07, 2010
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