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Re: External Hard Drive
Same thing again... Does your drive make any unusual sounds like any of these: http://datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php ? If yes then you got a problem - it's something mechanical with the heads. If it sounds normal or doesn't spin up at all - try to connect it to another computer and if still no go - remove the internal drive from enclosure and connect directly to PC via SATA port.
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Try plugging the unit into another working computer. If the same thing happens then the external drive is toast. U may be able to remove the drive with within the unit, set it up as a slave, install on working computer and possibly extract any and all needed files before throwing it out.
First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
Unplug the USB data cable from the drive and the computer.
Check the ends of the USB data cable to ensure that they are not damaged.
Reconnect the USB data cable to the drive and the computer. Check the connections to ensure that they are secure. Note: If you have a Portable Hard Drive with a 2-line
USB/power cable, connect both the data line and the supplemental power
line (usually marked with a lightning bolt icon) to USB ports on the
computer. If the status light on the drive glows steadily, the drive
is receiving power. Go to step E.
If you are connecting an Iomega Desktop Hard Drive, check the power
supply connections to the drive and power outlet to ensure that they
Restart the computer.
Double click the Computer or My Computer to see if the Iomega Hard Drive is detected. If the Iomega Hard Drive is detected, you can now use the drive. If the Iomega Hard Drive is not detected, please try another
USB cable and/or power supply (if available). If the Iomega Hard Drive
is still not detected, continue with the next step.
if that doesn't work go to this helpful site and follow the Steps one by one to fix this problem
when your external drive is not being detected or does not appear in "my computer" in windows vista or windows 7. Try doing this option: just right click on my computer, click on manage, then go to disk management. Find your external drive there and right click on it, then select assign new drive letter. Select a letter from the midlle of the alphabet like m, then enter. The icon of your external drive should appear inside my computer. Or you can restart your computer and check if it is detected.
Please remove the usb cable and try to connect do you see the notification new hardware found if yes just check my computer dose the hard drive shows over there if yes and double click on it dose it open if yes and the hard drive is empty .
then go back right click on the hard drive check properties dose it show the empty and the full graphs if it shows full and dosnt show the drive letter.
then right click on the my computer icon on the desktop go to manage and diskmanage ment check the hard drive over ther dose it show its unformated or un initialized if no dose it have drive letter on it if no then right click on the drive and say change drive letter and assigned one letter like h or g and check in my computer now dose it appair.if still so try changing the usb cable may its defective.
if dosent detect at all could be your hard drive case so you can remove the hard drive from inside the case and connect it directly.in the computer if works backup your data abd return backthe hard drive in the case and if its still in gurentee return it to the service center.
try testing it in another computer. if you have the same problem. then there might be an issue with the drive.
to recover your data. unplug external drive from the computer and open the external hard drive case. remove the hard drive inside. with you computer off and disconnected from the wall open the case to your computer. look and see how the hard drive inside is connected in your computer and add the external the same way. you might need a cable to connect it. you can simply disconnect the cdrom and plug the hard drive instead. make sure the external hard drive is not touching any electronics inside the pc. now you can turn on the computer. give the computer a minute to detect the new drive and assign a drive letter. navigate to my computer and select the newly added hard drive. copy and paste all the data you want to save. after everything has been backed up format the external drive to clear any bugs that may be causing it to be recognised in its case.
when finished remove the hard drive, plug in the cdrom, close the case, plug back into the wall, and return external drive to its case.
First, try connecting the external drive to another computer. If the second computer fails to detect it, chances are that the housing or, the drive inside have failed. Determining this requires a basic knowledge of external drives. If however the drive is rckognized the the second computer, turn off the first computer and strt it up again (not restart). Then plug your external drive to a usb port directly (not to a hub) and, it should be detected.
Tried to boot the computer in bios. Check if the harddrive is detected in bios. If not detected. Shut down the system,take out the power cable.open the tower and disconnected the hdd IDE cable and connect it to a differnet IDE port. Restart the system and boot in bios check if hdd detected. If still not detected possible issue with hdd. Try connecting on different computer if still issue persist replace Harddrive.