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Cicuit board on Iomega external hard drive shorted out (cockroach across the terminals)

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  • tommyblue Oct 27, 2008

    aaaargh! You could get to hate a cockroach for that!

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Only thing i can tell you is there is no repairing it. or saving any info from it.

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Just came across one of these iomega hard drive what purpose does it have


hi Mike
Its an external storage unit that can be used as backup. The drives can be used in various configurations...eg raid, individual etc.

Jun 30, 2015 | Iomega Computers & Internet

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Trying to find the operators manual for prestige desktop hard drive super speed usb 3.0 ,2 tb


The general directions is to plug the USB cable from the IOmega Prestige into any available (Open) USB port.

To open, (Access) the contents on the harddrive, double-click on the drive letter that corresponds with the IOmega.

In WinXP left-click on Start, then on My Computer.
In Win Vista and Win7 left-click on the Windows logo button, then on Computer.

You will see there are different drive letters;

Drive A: is reserved for a Floppy Drive. Older computers
Drive C: is for the Harddrive. (Hard Disk)
Drive D: is reserved for a recovery drive, or an optical drive (CD/DVD drive)
Drive E: is reserved for an optical drive, usually.

Drive letters beyond these are usually under the heading, Devices with Removable Storage

One of these drive letters should correspond with the IOmega.

Suggest, IOmega not plugged in, go to My Computer, or Computer, and look at the devices connected to the various drive letters.

Now plug the IOmega in, and see if it shows up next to a drive letter.
(Give the computer BIOS a few seconds)

Where there was NO device shown BEFORE, there should now be a device shown.
{No device shown before, but now there is. May not state IOmega, just external storage, or similar}

DOUBLE-click on the device shown.

For example:

I have drive letters C: D: E: F: G: H: I: J: and K:

Drive letter C: is for my harddrive.
Drive letter D: is for a recovery drive. (Partition in harddrive reserved for recovery)
Drive letter E: is for an optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

Drive letters F through K are reserved for an external storage device.
Whether it be an external harddrive, or flashdrive, or what have you.

IF you find the drive letter that corresponds with the IOmega DOUBLE-click right on it.
If nothing happens, or if there is no device shown when the IOmega is plugged in, there is a problem with the IOmega.

Hard to believe IOmega is still having problems with their external harddrives.

In the past they were having problems with a small circuit board located inside the IOmega's case.

[ A circuit board is a PCB.
Printed Circuit Board

For example a computer mouse has a small PCB in it,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mouse_printed_circuit_board_both_sides_IMG_0959a.JPG ]

The small circuit board is an Interface Board.

It connects the harddrive inside the IOmega's plastic case, to a USB cable, and this allows the harddrive inside to be plugged into a USB port on a computer.

As mentioned inside the plastic outer case (External enclosure) of the IOmega is a harddrive.
(Hard Disk drive; proper speak)

Harddrives are measure across their Width. There are two current types used;
A laptop size harddrive, and a desktop size harddrive.

A Laptop size harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches, or 6.4cm)
A Desktop size harddrive is 3.5 inches across in width. (Or 8.9cm)

There are two technologies used;
IDE (PATA) or SATA

I'm sure the harddrive inside susanbrenton is a SATA unit.
I BELIEVE, it is a laptop size harddrive (2.5)

Point?

If there is data (Information) on the IOmega that you must have, you may wish to buy an inexpensive external enclosure, remove the harddrive from the IOmega, and install it into the external enclosure.

The external enclosure has a plastic case (Enclosure), and a small circuit board inside. It has a USB cable, or connector, just like the IOmega does.

Once you install the IOmega harddrive inside the case, the case is closed, and it's USB cable is plugged into a computer.
(Just like the IOmega. You are just replacing the small circuit board essentially)

Once you have the IOmega's case open, and can view the internal harddrive, measure the width of the harddrive.
Buy the appropriate external enclosure.

This is one example of an external enclosure for a 2.5 SATA harddrive,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

This is one example of a external enclosure for a 3.5 SATA harddrive,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

Basic instructions on how to open an IOmega Prestige external enclosure (Case):

1) There are two Philips head screws on the Back of the case.
These are removed.
Once removed a the oblong panel on the end comes off.

2) You can now see the harddrive inside. Pull from the Front, and remove the harddrive out of the case.

3) The harddrive is attached with screws to a metal carrier. (Bracket, essentially)
Remove the screws, remove the harddrive.

Basic example, the harddrive will look like this,

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=0A26923-NDW-R&cat=HDD


For additional questions please post in a Comment, (Believe upper right of your page)

Regards,
joecoolvette

Oct 15, 2011 | Iomega Prestige 1 TB USB 20 Hard Drive

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I need a new internal power supply for my 2tb external its an Iomega prestige. I just want the part number for it so i can order a new one.


There is no internal power supply. The unit gets it's power from the computer. A USB port has 5 Volts DC.

Inside that external enclosure of the IOmega external harddrive is just an ordinary harddrive as used in a desktop computer. A SATA harddrive.

The harddrive plugs into a small circuit board with an interface on it, or there are cables, (wires), which come from the circuit board, and plug into the back of the harddrive.

It is this small circuit board that is usually the problem.
The solution to this problem is to simply just buy an economical external enclosure, and install the harddrive out of the IOmega into it.

Just one example from a quick search for an economical SATA 3.5 external enclosure,
(Note*
A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. 2 and 1/2 inches.
A desktop harddrive is 3.5),

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

Have additional questions or need clarification to what I have stated, please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

May 29, 2011 | Iomega 2TB Prestige External Hard Drive

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My Iomega Ultramax external hard drive continues has only one problem. This problem occurs every time I plug it into my computers. The hard drive at random times, disconnects itself without being told to....


It sounds like it is losing contact in the USB cable connecting it. If you have another USB cable, I would advise you to try it instead, it could be a problem with the cable. If the cable is not the issue, clean off the contacts in both the USB ports of the computer and the external hard drive itself to make sure there is nothing disrupting contact. Should this fail, it may be a faulty USB driver board in the enclosure, in which case you can contact Iomega and find out if this is a known issue. A cheap fix should the driver board be the issue would be to buy another enclosure and transfer the drive into the new enclosure. Enclosures can be purchased for under 20$. Should even a new enclosure not work, the logic board on the drive itself is malfunctioning and Iomega should be notified and will hopefully offer you a replacement.

May 05, 2011 | Iomega UltraMax 500 GB USB Hard Drive

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Iomega external hard drive power is not coming on.


Samething happen to my Iomega screenplay media drive.
My problem was a AC/DC power adaptor that was in short-circuit.I bought one off EBAY and all good again.
Search for 12v dc 2.0 amp power adaptor.Has to be 2.0 amp ,as anything less ,will not work and most available are only 300 ma.
Good luck

Feb 19, 2011 | Iomega 1TB Desktop USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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My iomega does not turn on at all. Have played with all the plugs and tried using a different computer. This is the second iomega drive I've had with this problem.


1. you have a bad power adapter or the electronic controller board in the hard drive case has malfunctioned.
2. You should call the manufacturer for a replacement power adapter or go to the local computer store and purchase a new case for the hard drive.

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