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Simpletech SimpleDrive Model 90000-40479-002

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Model 90000-40479-002

DC Adapter12V 1.5 A
S/N 0510003913

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 )
Cylinders: 319120
Tracks per Cylinder: 16
Sectors per Track: 63
Bytes per Sector: 512
Total Size: 160836480 KB
Media Type: Fixed hard disk media

Partition Information:
Partition Count: 4
Style: MBR
Signature: 65549EE8

Partition: 1
Starting Offset: 0000000000007e00
Length: 0000164694749184
Type: IFS
Bootable? No

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  • tenajrie Nov 23, 2008

    Whenever I try to open a file from my hard drive, it disconnects after a few seconds, but then it comes right back. I tried to move all of my files from my external hard drive to my PC but it disconnects after a few seconds again. What do I do? I bought it 9 months ago!



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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).

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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.

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SOURCE: SimpleTech SimpleDrive Pininfarina 320GB Power up problem

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,

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SOURCE: SimpleDrive 160 GB drive is recognized by XP, but

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.

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SOURCE: Kindly let me know the method to recover data from

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.

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