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SimpleTech 320GB Not Found by PC

I have a SimpleTech 320GB and it is the 2nd external hdd that my computer cant find. It has power cause i can feel it spinning and i connect the USB directly to my PC. Ive had it for a year with no success.

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  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    I'm having the same problem, it use to read it fine and now that I had it up to 200 G full it stopped reading it. I connect it and unplug it and nothing happends and I can feel the external drive is on because it's spinning but, my PC doesn't bring it up.

  • nchri170 Jan 15, 2009

    i have owned my simpledrive for about a year and a half. it has worked GREAT. up until Dec 18. then computers can't read it. the drive works fine it spins and all but does not show up on the computer. (every once in a while it will come up as a connected device but there is no way to access it.



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Very simple solution. Your external storage cabinet for the drive is junk. I opened mine up and its just fitting loosely in it. You will void your warranty if you do - but who cares, the cost to send it in for an RMA is equal to the cost for a 2.5" SATA enclosure. When you open it up, the SATA and Power connector is not all the way in - push it in and then tape it so it holds together. Plug it in and you should be fine. Fixed two of them that way.

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