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External harddrive not being recognised by my desktop

Just bought the harddrive in the last few weeks,its been really ok till yesterday when i connected it to the power mains it made some noise, and the pc just says that a new hardware has been connected. it doesnt bring it up though, when i tried going to the device manager and checking what its state is, it says [ device not working properly code 10] what does that mean? please help,i saved so much in ths thing and didnt back it up

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Try connecting to another pc

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Can not get computer to recognize hard drive any more?

You could try using another USB port on your computer. Perhaps that USB port you have the IOmega external harddrive plugged into is bad.

More than likely not, though.

The problem is usually inside the IOmega's case. (External enclosure)

Inside that IOmega external harddrive's case is a regular harddrive as used in a desktop, or laptop computer.
To explain;

Harddrives are physically rated in width, as well as type, and size.
A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches)
A desktop harddrive is 3.5 inches.

The larger desktop harddrives are usually used in external harddrives that are 500GB, and larger.
(Not always the case when it comes to the 500GB size)

Harddrives have two technologies, or types.

You didn't state the Model Number so I can't even hazard a guess at this point.

The harddrive inside the case plugs into an Interface.
The Interface may be separate, and connected via a cable to a small circuit board, or the Interface may be soldered directly to the small circuit board.

It is this Interface, and circuit board which go bad.
The solution is to remove the harddrive inside, purchase an inexpensive external enclosure, and install the harddrive into it.

The external enclosure has a USB cable just like the IOmega external harddrive did.

As stated the harddrive inside is just a normal harddrive. Made by a harddrive manufacturer.
Could be a Western Digital, or Seagate, or Hitachi, or Maxtor, or Fujitsu, or IBM, just to name a few.
(Seagate bought out Maxtor)

On the harddrive will be a decal with it's specifications.
You will also be able to physically measure the width.

This external hookup will support harddrives that are 2.5, or 3.5 inches in width, (And 5.25), plus will support both IDE (PATA) or SATA harddrives,

This external enclosure is for a desktop sized harddrive, 3.5 inches, and will support either IDE (PATA) or SATA harddrives,

This external enclosure example is for laptop sized harddrives, 2.5 inches, and will support either IDE, (PATA), or SATA harddrives,

Just one example of how to disassemble an IOmega Select Portable harddrive,

Other styles are listed in the Suggestions column down on the right.
Not a good source for information on disassembling an IOmega external harddrive, but there is very little info available.

(It isn't that tough for any external harddrive enclosure. The screws are usually hidden under labels, and the case pops apart in two halves. Just a little different design here, and there)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

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Seagate freeagent 500gb not getting powered

is the power frequency different out in india, it's not just the voltages you have to watch!

If you can remove the hard drives and use a usb interface to connect them then software like filescavanger will recover files providing the hard spins up ok.

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I have to reload all drives etc but harddrive dont work i have bought a external harddrive but unable to get this to work as pc is not recognising it how do i get my recovery disc to work

remove harddrive from computer make it external by casing it then keep for scanning, if any virus found then remove the **** to pc then install window XP again, then it will detect

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Malfunctioning WD passport that windows doesn't detect.

Inside the case is a regular laptop size harddrive.
Laptop harddrives are 2.5 inches across. (2-1/2 inches. Desktop harddrives are 3.5 inches)

I would suggest the external enclosure the harddrive is in, is defunct.
I would suggest buying a new external enclosure, and putting this harddrive in it. Then just plug the USB cable in, (As you did before), and download your data, to be ready to transfer.

You need an external enclosure that is Sata, and is for a 2.5 inch harddrive. These are relatively inexpensive.
Let me show you some examples:

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Harddrive is not recognisable by both PC and MAC.. Its either one or the other..

Partition the drive into 2 250 Gig partions, Call 1 partition MAC and the other one name PC, for the apropriate partion on each machine

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I cannot see my free agent external drive

u can see the news that the st drive has many bugs,and which cannot be detected by the pc is the most popular one,so u can update the firmware from seagate official and if still cannot repair,u can go back to me,

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Hardrive not working

Try the harddrive in an external case. If that dosent work the board on the drive is fried, and youll have to find an exact harddrive and transfer the board.

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Just bought a maxtor external hard drive 160gb. just plugged it in and computer recognises it, but what do i next? Ideally i would like to set it up to back up my pc once/twice a week. Help

Ok, you bought the hardware, now you need a software to do the backup. There is a freeware to download in the next link. You can buy one if you prefer, either on the Internet or where you bought your external Hard drive. But, do some research on this one, and you will see that it is secure.

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First check all connection.Then format the operating system and reinstall it.

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External Harddrive Overheated

The disk in side is jammed, try throwing the harddrive like a frizbe but dont let go. That might help unsick the drive

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