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The hard disk maybe faulty especially if the BIOS cannot detect the hard disk.
Try connecting the hard disk into an USB hard drive adapter and then plug it into the USB port of a working computer. If this computer cannot detect the USB hard drive adapter as an external storage device then this hard drive is faulty.

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I have the Lacie Minidisk Ethernet 500 GB that contains all my house PC backup. I both an USB Minidisk Lacie (1 GB) in order to use MySafe feature but it never worked.


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Use MySafe to back up the files stored on the Ethernet Disk mini Home to an attached USB storage device. This way, if files on the Ethernet Disk mini are damaged or accidentally deleted, you can restore them to their original locations.
There are three main steps to using MySafe,Connecting an external USB hard drive,Backing up files to the external USB hard drive,Restoring files to the Ethernet Disk mini (if necessary)
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While connecting an external hard drive make sure your Ethernet Disk mini is turned on and connected to your network.Turn on the external USB hard drive.Connect the external hard drive's USB cable to the USB port on the back of the Ethernet Disk mini, just like you would connect the external hard drive to your computer.Confirm that the drive is properly connected. Log in and click on the Administer HipServ link. Click on USB External Storage under System.
To back up files, navigate to the file or folder you want to back up to the external hard drive and click on the disk icon in the "Backup" column of the file list.When you back up files to MySafe, the Ethernet Disk mini duplicates the file path in MySafe so that everything you back up is organized in MySafe just as in its original location. So, if you copy a file from MyLibrary, a MyLibrary folder will appear in MySafe, with all folders leading to the backed up file.

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This is my suggestion for you to possibly recover the back up file in your external hard disk.

Remove the enclosure cover of the external hard disk. Detach the hard disk from the ide connection.
Change the jumper setting of the hard disk to slave. See the sticker in the hard disk to see how to set up the jumper to slave. Connect the hard disk to the ide cable inside your pc. If your computer is equipped with sata cable, just find some ide cable and connect it the the ide slot in your motherboard.

Restart your system and you will find your hard disk as drive (d:) in your system. If this was successful then problem can be cause by loose terminal solder in the usb/ide connector of the enclosure, or possible voltage drop of the power supply of the enclosure. USB driver issue or problem with the usb slot in your computer can also cause this issue.

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HI sineadkirk1

There are several reasons why your hard disk can not be recognised by the computer

1> usb cable problem
2> usb port problem
3> the problem on a computer virus or hard disk
4> computer problem
5> hard disk problem

do the test one by one to ensure that the root cause


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The problem could be one of these -
The hard disk needs reseating to make proper electrical connection.
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The hard disk is faulty.
or
The BIOS has not detected the hard disk.
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The hard disk controller is faulty

To determine the fault -
Reseat the hard disk and boot up the laptop.

Check the BIOS configuration - does it detect the hard disk. The BIOS may have a hard disk diagnostic, if so then run the diagnostic.

For a further hard disk test - remove the hard disk and connect it to an USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If the hard disk is OK then this computer will detect it as an external hard drive and you can open the folders and files.
If not then the hard disk is confirmed faulty.
To get the Gateway working, install a new hard drive and install Windows, the laptop's device drivers and your programs.

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I do not know if the 1 Tb external hard will work on the USB ports on the LCD TVs.
What do you want to store on the 1 Tb USB hard drive and display on the LCD TVs?
Most LCD TVs can access USB memory sticks and display DVI movies (if supported by the TV), photos etc. that are stored on these USB memory sticks.
Try inserting an USB hard drive (borrow one if necessary, can be any capacity) into the USB port to see if it works before you decide to purchase a 1 Tb USB hard drive.
My suggestion would be to purchase a 1 Tb USB memory stick. This would out perform an external USB hard drive.

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You may have a hardware fault.
Try re-seating the hard drive.
Then check the BIOS to see if the hard disk is detected.
If the hard disk is not detected then either the hard disk is faulty or the disk controller on the motherboard is faulty.
To further test the hard disk, remove the hard disk and connect it to an USB hard disk adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer cannot see it as an external hard drive nor can you open the various folders and files, then the hard drive is faulty.
Then you need to replace the faulty hard drive, install Windows on the new hard drive, together with the laptop's device drivers and your programs to get a working laptop again.

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Check the BIOS configuration to see if it has detected the hard disk and some BIOS have a utility to test the hard disk, if this is available then run the hard disk test.
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Is this a USB hard drive?
If so do any USB devices work?
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If so right cick on hard disk and set a drive letter for it in Disk Manager.

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