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I think I fried my external hard drive

I accidentally plugged my laptop power cord into the IOMEGA Prestige 500MG desktop hard drive instead of the one that came with the produce. Now, the light that indicates that the device is on flashes like a heartbeat and my laptop doesn't show that I've connected it via the USB. Please say that I haven't completely ruined my hard drive!

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Shut everything down and unplug, check the ratings of the power supply for the laptop and the rating on the Hard drive and post them here so we can see what you pumped into the HD. It may be ok but we need numbers Volts amps, whatever is on the battery pack for both so although I doubt anything happened to the laptop power supply it would help to have those voltages. Look on the battery pack, you may need a magnifying glass, mine says 100-240V, 1.6amp 60HZ- input 18.5 V,3.5 amp-Out, yours should be a similar reading , but I would be more interested in the Har drives power requirements, so take a look and hopefully it didn't damage it.

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You might have fried the power or the usb for the external drive. A way to check is to purchase another enclosure, one without a drive, and install your drive in that. Make sure that the enclosure you buy matches the drive, either EIDE or SATA. If you plug it in and the laptop shows the drive then all is well.

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Its possible but before then check the power uotput rating of your laptop and the destop hard drive its possible that it must have being damaged by the excessive power from the laptop power input.

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Yes it seems that due to improper or high voltage ur HARD DRIVE can't be used now..u have to take it to service center...

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I have a dell laptop and a HP desktop computer, and a 1TB Iomega external hard drive. THE PROBLEM..the video folders/files can be accessed on the laptop but not on the desktop ? the folders are empty


Hi,
it might be that the files are hidden and the option on the desktop to show hidden files is not enabled.. Try enabling hidden files and folders. Start--Control Panel--- Folder Options---View and then enable hidden files and folders.
Hope it helps,

Regards

Dec 29, 2011 | Iomega Prestige 1 TB USB 20 Hard Drive

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Trying to find the operators manual for prestige desktop hard drive super speed usb 3.0 ,2 tb


The general directions is to plug the USB cable from the IOmega Prestige into any available (Open) USB port.

To open, (Access) the contents on the harddrive, double-click on the drive letter that corresponds with the IOmega.

In WinXP left-click on Start, then on My Computer.
In Win Vista and Win7 left-click on the Windows logo button, then on Computer.

You will see there are different drive letters;

Drive A: is reserved for a Floppy Drive. Older computers
Drive C: is for the Harddrive. (Hard Disk)
Drive D: is reserved for a recovery drive, or an optical drive (CD/DVD drive)
Drive E: is reserved for an optical drive, usually.

Drive letters beyond these are usually under the heading, Devices with Removable Storage

One of these drive letters should correspond with the IOmega.

Suggest, IOmega not plugged in, go to My Computer, or Computer, and look at the devices connected to the various drive letters.

Now plug the IOmega in, and see if it shows up next to a drive letter.
(Give the computer BIOS a few seconds)

Where there was NO device shown BEFORE, there should now be a device shown.
{No device shown before, but now there is. May not state IOmega, just external storage, or similar}

DOUBLE-click on the device shown.

For example:

I have drive letters C: D: E: F: G: H: I: J: and K:

Drive letter C: is for my harddrive.
Drive letter D: is for a recovery drive. (Partition in harddrive reserved for recovery)
Drive letter E: is for an optical drive (CD/DVD drive)

Drive letters F through K are reserved for an external storage device.
Whether it be an external harddrive, or flashdrive, or what have you.

IF you find the drive letter that corresponds with the IOmega DOUBLE-click right on it.
If nothing happens, or if there is no device shown when the IOmega is plugged in, there is a problem with the IOmega.

Hard to believe IOmega is still having problems with their external harddrives.

In the past they were having problems with a small circuit board located inside the IOmega's case.

[ A circuit board is a PCB.
Printed Circuit Board

For example a computer mouse has a small PCB in it,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mouse_printed_circuit_board_both_sides_IMG_0959a.JPG ]

The small circuit board is an Interface Board.

It connects the harddrive inside the IOmega's plastic case, to a USB cable, and this allows the harddrive inside to be plugged into a USB port on a computer.

As mentioned inside the plastic outer case (External enclosure) of the IOmega is a harddrive.
(Hard Disk drive; proper speak)

Harddrives are measure across their Width. There are two current types used;
A laptop size harddrive, and a desktop size harddrive.

A Laptop size harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches, or 6.4cm)
A Desktop size harddrive is 3.5 inches across in width. (Or 8.9cm)

There are two technologies used;
IDE (PATA) or SATA

I'm sure the harddrive inside susanbrenton is a SATA unit.
I BELIEVE, it is a laptop size harddrive (2.5)

Point?

If there is data (Information) on the IOmega that you must have, you may wish to buy an inexpensive external enclosure, remove the harddrive from the IOmega, and install it into the external enclosure.

The external enclosure has a plastic case (Enclosure), and a small circuit board inside. It has a USB cable, or connector, just like the IOmega does.

Once you install the IOmega harddrive inside the case, the case is closed, and it's USB cable is plugged into a computer.
(Just like the IOmega. You are just replacing the small circuit board essentially)

Once you have the IOmega's case open, and can view the internal harddrive, measure the width of the harddrive.
Buy the appropriate external enclosure.

This is one example of an external enclosure for a 2.5 SATA harddrive,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

This is one example of a external enclosure for a 3.5 SATA harddrive,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

Basic instructions on how to open an IOmega Prestige external enclosure (Case):

1) There are two Philips head screws on the Back of the case.
These are removed.
Once removed a the oblong panel on the end comes off.

2) You can now see the harddrive inside. Pull from the Front, and remove the harddrive out of the case.

3) The harddrive is attached with screws to a metal carrier. (Bracket, essentially)
Remove the screws, remove the harddrive.

Basic example, the harddrive will look like this,

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=0A26923-NDW-R&cat=HDD


For additional questions please post in a Comment, (Believe upper right of your page)

Regards,
joecoolvette

Oct 15, 2011 | Iomega Prestige 1 TB USB 20 Hard Drive

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I need a new internal power supply for my 2tb external its an Iomega prestige. I just want the part number for it so i can order a new one.


There is no internal power supply. The unit gets it's power from the computer. A USB port has 5 Volts DC.

Inside that external enclosure of the IOmega external harddrive is just an ordinary harddrive as used in a desktop computer. A SATA harddrive.

The harddrive plugs into a small circuit board with an interface on it, or there are cables, (wires), which come from the circuit board, and plug into the back of the harddrive.

It is this small circuit board that is usually the problem.
The solution to this problem is to simply just buy an economical external enclosure, and install the harddrive out of the IOmega into it.

Just one example from a quick search for an economical SATA 3.5 external enclosure,
(Note*
A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. 2 and 1/2 inches.
A desktop harddrive is 3.5),

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2145406&CatId=2780

Have additional questions or need clarification to what I have stated, please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

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I dont know why my external hard drive isnt showing up on my computer i think its lock, i dont know how it happen it was working fine a couple of days ago.


If the power light is on then I would get a new USB cable for it. If the power light is not on then you might need a new power cord.

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I plugged my external hd into a diff electrical cord and it blew


I like the way you say "supposedly" normaly it is or isn't the same.
However , to the problem External hard drives contain a circuit board to supply the HDD with power and convert the signal from it to be used by a USB port. The Hard drive itself is exactly the same as the one in your PC.

Your external casing may be fried but the HDD inside it could be quite OK.

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Iomega Prestige 1TB External Hard Drive (34275) adapter


Hi LeoChen,

Most of the Iomega drive adapters do but not all. There's no information on Iomega's site regarding the voltage but if you look carefully at the fine print on the adapter, it should have a Input Voltage Range listing, normally 100-240, if this is the case then as long as you have a cord that fits from the wall to the adapter the adapter will adjust itself to voltage within this range. If you have one of the few that staes only 90-120V for range then the answer is no, but Targus sells a universal adapter for laptops that comes with an appropriate tip for your drive that does support 90-240V.


Hope this helps FixYa,

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