ADS Tech NAS kit, Maxtor 250GB HD inside, attached to D link router,
power is on, router led acknowledges connection, but no icon on either my Dell GX1 with XP sp2, or my eMac with OS X 4.11.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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- Make sure that the hard drive (HD) is properly connected to the computer.
- Try connecting it to a different computer to make sure that the HD is the problem.
- Check the Disk Management in your computer to see if the HD could still be detected. Once detected, reformat the HD and it should work again.
To check the Disk Management:
NOTE: Make sure that the external HD is connected and turned ON.
1. Right-click "My Computer" (XP) or "Computer" icon (Vista) 2. Select Manage and click on "Disk Management". 3. From the Disk Management, you will see a drive letters 4. Write down all the drive letters and then disconnect the Maxtor HD from the computer. 5. If there's a drive letter that disappears, then that is your Maxtor HD. 6. Reconnect the Maxtor HD and reformat it. You may right-click the drive letter and there's an option to format the HD.
If you're hearing a clicking sound while the HD is turned on, mostly, it's already defective.
I had the same problem and the Maxtor/Seagate website did not have any solutions. I finally got in touch with Tech Support and got a fix. I was using it with a Dell tower and plugging into a USB port in the front. I also was using an after market cable.
I learned the Maxtor is a power hog and beeps and shuts down when it is not getting enough power. I did not know but the USB ports on the front of a desktop/tower computer do not provide as much power as a port on the back (the back ports are sometimes directly connected to the motherboard). I got a USBextension cable and connected it to a USB port in the back and it solved the problem.
I also learned that most laptop USB ports are not powerful enough to run the Maxtor. Mine would also not work if you attempt to share it by using an unpoweredUSB hub. I have gotten it to work with a powered desktop USB hub (Belkin).
I believe that this may explain why you get a "Y" cable with the drive. I could not find an explaination for the cable or how to use. There may be an accessory to purchase that attached to the cable and powers it.
Change the settings of you IDE drives in your BIOS. Set your secondary boot device to HDD1. Also make sure that your primary HDD is set to master and the secondary HDD is slave. The jumper is found at the back of the hard drive where you connect the power and IDE cables. Try this and post back as to how it went..
Reset the router: While the router is powered on press and hold the reset button for 5-10 sec. Release the button and wait until the router boots up (1 min).
If this does not work then you can try this
Try setting it into recovery mode and loading firmware:
Unplug power cable from the router and press the reset button. While holding the reset button plug the power cable in. Continue holding the reset button untill you will see LEDs on the router flashing rapidly.
You should be able to log into the router - you will see a prompt to load firmware. The firmware is available on our WEB site: http://www.dlink.com.au/tech/
Note - suggest you d/l the firmware BEFORE you reset router
i see..well..was the old hard drive running xp by chance?..seems that with the new vista, that each application would need to be upgraded with drivers to pull the old data..another option is to use a data recovery service.