I have never had a single issue with my HDD until one day I came home from work and the light on the front of the device is just blinking in a regular timing. It's not listed under my computer and when I disconnected it and unplugged it for a few hours it was still not detected after I hooked it up again. I checked Computer Management and it's not even listed as a drive, I've tried turning it off manually while it was still plugged in and connected, by holding down the center button and it just stays on and remains flashing. Whether it's connected to my computer or not the light on the front blinks, and plugging it in to the PC doesn't even cause it to skip a blink or anything, as far as I can tell it doesn't react to anything except unhooking the power. I'm pretty much at my wits end with this thing and would like to hurl it out the window because I refuse to pay the fee for data retrieval on a product that was built as a POS.
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Re: No detection, Blinking Light
Seems like these things are dying like crazy! I personally would never by WD drive as a backup after seeing so many problems with them.
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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HDD not Detecting only if you HDD data cable damage, HDD power Cable damage, HDD port damage, or HDD bad sector. But normally you change HDD data or power cable or mother board port. And i suggest mother board all connection disconnect and only HDD connect and open bios and search your HDD detected.
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first of all try to use the USB to any different port and then try to see if ur able to get it working..
second try to use any other device on the same port where ur trying to connect the USB of ur external HDD (this will confirm whether the USB ports are working fine or not)
once done then click start - Start Search and type there Device Manager..
(if ur unable to do so then) the other way is to click start - then Right Click on My Computer or Computer.. then select Properties towards the very bottom.. on the next page.. towards the left hand side on the very top u shall see Device manager..
Under Device Manager search for USB tht should towards the very bottom of the page.. (remove the USB external HDD)
click on the Plus sign there and under that u shall see a lot of USB options.. Delete all those One by One.. (dont worry nothing will go wrong)
Once ur done with this.. then restart the computer..
All the USB devices shall be reinstalled on the computer again.. and then after that try to reinsert the USB for the external HDD.. if ur able to get the device detected great..
if not then u need to call Maxtor and get the external HDD replaced
Let me know if this resolved ur query...
Connect the Hard Drive and restart the Computer. If it's not detected then open the Device Manager, click on the View menu and select "Show hidden devices".
Next, click on the plus sign next to the "Disk drives" and uninstall all the devices that you know are not present. Uninstall all the devices listed under the "Storage Volumes" and the "Universal serial bus controllers". Avoid all the reboot prompt until you're done uninstalling all the devices. Also make sure that the Device Manager doesn't have any exclamation mark beside any devices. After uninstalling all the devices, restart the Computer with the Hard Drive connected.
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.