External hard drive can not be seen on My Computer
I turned off my Acomdata HD160U2E-509 external hard drive while going on vacation. When I returned home and turned it on, it's status light began to blink between red and blue at a constant rate. I assume that means it has an error somewhere. However, without being able to find the hard drive at all on my computer, I can't fix it. Is there any way to fix the drive, or at least be able to see it?
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Re: External hard drive can not be seen on My Computer
It might still be connected but may need a letter assigned to the drive, go into disk management and if it is there right click it and assign it a letter. If it is not then look at this forum for more ideas
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Click on the "System" button and then click on the "Automatic Updates" tab if you are running the classic view. If you are running the standard view, click on the "Performance and Maintenance" button and then click on the "System" tab.
You can remove the hard drive from the case and put it into another, new usb hard drive case. You can buy one for 20-30 dollars. I have seen this many times before. The hard drive is probably okay, but the controller inside the acomdata case is likely dead. Don't worry, just get a new usb hd case.
Put it in the freezer overnight in a bag. For some reason it might be stuck in a read mode. Just because you did not tell windows to stop the drive does not mean you hurt it. When you go to use it again, plug it in and turn it on, you should hear the drive start to spin, if not you could shake it and see if it starts. Then after it is plunged in and plugged into the pc, start the pc and wait till after windows is up and running, after 3mins, if not seen unplug, firewire and plug it back in and wait a few mins. If nothing, contact the company and see if it is still under warranty. I hope this helps you. Any other questions,please post back,everyone is more then happy to help you.
Go into Control Panel/System/Device Manager and look for yellow exclamation marks. Delete any you find. Reboot your computer. Connect the external hard drive and turn it on. Let Windows discover it. If it asks for the driver, put in the CD that came with the drive. If this will not works means there is some problem in your HDD partition and you need to format them...
if you donot want to lose any data then use any recovery software to recover data from your HDD.
initially, pls verify that it is indeed an external storage problem rather than a laptop USB issue by trying other USB devices and determine if they are recognized and working;
disassemble the enclosure of the Acomdata external hard drive and remove the actual hard drive;
you would need the use of a 2nd PC, a desktop that could accommodate the HD from the Acomdata (IDE or SATA);
install the HD from the Acomdata as a Secondary Master or Slave internally to the 2nd PC;
boot the 2nd PC and determine if the HD from the Acomdata will be recognized as a local drive;
chances are that the partition of the HD from the Acomdata was messed up. This would explain the blinking blue light;
download and install a file recovery program. An example is GetDataBack (unfortunately not a freewarebut DEMO is available) and do a recovery. It would take some time based on the size of the HD from the Acomdata;
temporarily save the recovered data in the 2nd PC. You can burn this likewise into a DVD backup should the 2nd PC be capable of that;
after recovery, re-partition and format the HD from the Acomdata while still attached to the 2nd PC;
should the re-partition and format be successful, you can transfer back the temporarily saved recovered files;
a nice, simple, fast and safe partitioning/formatting software is Partition Magic (unfortunately not a freewarebut FREE TRIAL is available).
should the re-partition and format be not successful, you can replace only the HD and/or claim warranty.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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how do I fix my external hard drive, because one day I turned it on and the drive was fine, the next day when I turned it on, it kept on flashing blue, does that mean that the drive is dead. Please help me with this.