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I cannot seem to connect to the hard drive. i received a write failure when attempting to copy files. I attempted to unplug the usb and power, and now when I attempt to connect the hard drive to a pc it is not recognizing it as an external device. i have attempted to use new usb's as well and it is not recognizing the device. the power light is on. unfortrunately i have data i must get off the hard drive for work and i am stuck. any ideas, if the harddrive is broken?

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  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2009

    tif your lookingto buy one of these dont bother, ther are completely useless!!

  • vipul_pancha Jan 09, 2009

    yes, I have same problem, I any one have sloved, please send me the solution.

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    i am haveing the same problem. i bought one of these for my mom and now all of a sudden it wont recognize it.

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First you need to do it try and connect to some other system.

Second My computer ->properties->manage->disk management->if your drive is visible there or not.

Third My computer ->properties>hardware -> Device manager ->Uninstall all USB controllers at the bottom and connect your device and restart.

Fourth - Download TweakUi power toy software from Microsoft and locate your drive letter.

Enjoy

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If you connect an HFS-formatted external drive to a computer running Windows, the drive will spin up but Windows will not respond.

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If your drive will not operate using power from the USB bus only, connect the power supply. Many drives do not have this option; they will not operate unless they are connected to both a power outlet and a USB port.


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If you have exhausted all the basic troubleshooting steps above, visit the website of your motherboard's manufacturer and look for updated USB drivers.


Also, ensure that your Windows installation is fully up to date.

Corrupted Files

USB hard drives are susceptible to data corruption if either the power or USB cables are disconnected during a write operation.

Over time, this could lead to a situation in which Windows will be unable to write to the drive correctly.

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Click "OK" to start the operation.

Depending on the size of your hard drive and the speed of your computer, this operation can take a few hours to complete.

Failing Hardware

If your drive is still not being recognized, but it is making audible noises when it is plugged in, the drive may be failing.


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Visit the manufacturer's website to download this utility.


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Externel harddrive will not open on computer and keeps making a beeping noise


If your USB drive is not being recognized by your computer when you plug it in

try unplugging it, and also unplugging any other USB devices that are connected.


All USB devices, even those that have an external power supply, draw a portion of their power directly from the USB bus.


If you have too many devices connected to the same USB controller, problems such as a drive not being recognized can result.

Incompatible File System

The Mac-operating system can read drives formatted under the FAT32 and NTFS file systems used by Windows, but Windows will not recognize HFS, the file system used by Mac OS.

If you connect an HFS-formatted external drive to a computer running Windows, the drive will spin up but Windows will not respond.

The drive will have to be used with a Mac, or reformatted using a disk-partitioning utility.


Drive Disconnected from Power

Some external hard drives have the option of drawing all their power from the USB bus, or receiving supplemental power from a wall outlet.


If your drive will not operate using power from the USB bus only, connect the power supply. Many drives do not have this option; they will not operate unless they are connected to both a power outlet and a USB port.


Driver Update Required

Some older motherboards may require updated USB drivers to properly utilize a modern USB 2.0 device.


If you have exhausted all the basic troubleshooting steps above, visit the website of your motherboard's manufacturer and look for updated USB drivers.


Also, ensure that your Windows installation is fully up to date.

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USB hard drives are susceptible to data corruption if either the power or USB cables are disconnected during a write operation.

Over time, this could lead to a situation in which Windows will be unable to write to the drive correctly.

To have Windows attempt to fix corrupted files, run Scandisk by right-clicking on the drive after double-clicking on "My Computer." Click Properties > Tools > Error Checking. Click the two check boxes to have Windows attempt to fix errors and bad sectors.


Click "OK" to start the operation.

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