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My seagate external hard drive will no longer power on.

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Reset the power cable or try diffrent power cable for the hdd or try diffrent USB cable or Port

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1) If you constantly plug & unplug the power plug going to the h/d for any and all reasons like testing different things inside the desktop, you could have (more often then not you pulled the plug from the wires!! , then repluged in again ) damaged the power wires going to the h/d. replace one of the other power plugs (if you have extra connectors) or substitute another for the one that the h/d is connected to.
2) connect a bootable floppy and boot up to see if the computer is working.Boot up with a floppy & a simple game to load up and see if the game will play FROM the floppy.
get back to me if that works.

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If there are breaks, replace the power cord.


Look over the power cable and make sure that it is plugged into the wall outlet in your home as well as plugged into the back of the hard drive.


Plug the power cable directly into the wall outlet or into a surge protector.

Do not plug the power cable into an extension cord.


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Plug the data cable into the back of the hard drive.

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