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320 GB simpletech external hardrive won't turn on.

I connected it to my PC. I had important files on it and I need to access it, however, it won't power up. There is absolutely no sign that its turning on. I need expert advise. Thanks a lot!!!

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  • marty_bass Jan 31, 2009

    I can hear the drive spin up. After a few seconds it appears to be powered down, but the blue power LED is still on. Computer never sees the drive. Tried SimpleTech online support; no response. Called and gave information. Was tolded I would receive an RMA. Still waiting after 1 week. I'll never by from this company again. At least support for WD and Seagate was always good.

  • RosnSC Feb 02, 2009

    Mine was working just fine, but now it won't power on. I have even tried using different electrical outlets, as well as different usb jacks on my computer, and nothing happens.

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I have the same simpletech hard drive and the same problem. Since I doubted it was under warranty, I took the case off.

I'm not a tech so I don't know the specific names of the parts of the hard drive. Anyway, there are two circuit boards. I jiggled the smaller one (which is the one that is directly hooked to the usb.) I think it must have been loose because the hard drive appeared on my laptop, and I was able to access my files.

I won't recommend others to do what I did, because I'm not a tech. But it worked for me.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

  • ge205 Feb 12, 2009

    I forgot to mention that the two circuit boards are hooked up together, and I believe the two boards were not tighted sufficiently.

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