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My external harddrive isnt powering up it trys to then just stops is there a virus on it?

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Highly unlikely to this one. does your pc recognise it when you cnnect it? if so then you will find the hd is corrupt. a virus would do more than just make it turn off.

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Gateway dx300 hard drive


Gateway DX300 Desktop PC is a series.

Could be a Gateway DX300MC, or DX300QS, or DX300S, or DX300X,

http://support.gateway.com/support/supinfo/index.asp?pg=2&file=DX300series.html

Fortunately all models in the series use a SATA harddrive.

[ Gateway DX300X Desktop PC used as an example,

http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/DX300/1008555/1008555nv.shtml

In the list click on - Components
On this page scroll down to the bold subheading - Harddrives

All models came with a Western Digital harddrive, but it doesn't matter what the harddrive manufacturer is, that you use ]

What size in GB amount? Depends on what you want. I myself wouldn't go more than 320GB.
That is because your anti-virus program has to sift through the harddrive.

The larger the harddrive, the longer it takes.

For more capacity, I would install a 1TB harddrive into an external enclosure, and use it connected to the computer, with it's USB cable.
(It will also come with an additional external power supply)

But that is just me.

Bear in mind that a new harddrive has no Operating System on it.
You have to purchase a genuine copy of Windows, and install it.
(This is if your harddrive presently on that Gateway is bad)

[ Microsoft makes one Master disk. From it all GENUINE copies are made, and sold to the consumer ]

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you need to scan it with the latest anti Virus application

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My computer cannot detect my external hard disk... when i insert my usb cable to connect to my pc my hd does blink..but when i open the explorer there is no sign of my hd is detect..


Hi..

Is it a new harddrive in a external case..if so i have the same prblems and i have to remove the harddrive and insert it into my computer and format it 1st...then place it back into my external case...
If you have used it before,then the best thing to do is try it on an other computer,if that doesn,t recognize then try a different usb cable,if still no go...then the harddrive might be either virused up...then you will have to put it in your computer to virus scan.or your harddrive may be faulty...
Or the last thing...if it is a new external google your motherboard because if it is a old computer your trying to use it on..it may not regonize the harddrive if the capacity is to large..

Hope this helps..if so please take the time to rate it,and if i can be anymore help.

Regards

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try to access the drive forme a live cd, like puppy linux, it should be regonised in the format tool called g parted.
if your are not familior with linux, you will need winpe mini cd, **** you need to be carefull about loosing data in the drive, coz you might want to format it and clean all the bad sectors and clusters before using it.

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My harddrive was infected by a virus worm32/sality i put it in a external usb connection then scan all its files to clean out all the infected files and directories by using avira antivirus after i scanned...


The only problem about putting the hard drive into an external box and doing a scan is that most virus softwares move the infected files to the virus vault or virus chest. By doing so it may have moved some of the operating system files to the other machine. If you have the original operating system cd, I would recommend trying to do a restore of the lost files by inserting the operating system disk and allowing the machine to boot from the disk. Then it should pop up a window that asks if you want to do an install or repair. Click on repair and it should go through and replace the missing files with a new version. If you cannot make it work, you may have to put it back into the external drive case and try putting them in manually. I have on occasion seen some destructive viruses that will disable the hard drive when the infection is removed. In a worst case scenario, You might try putting the hard drive back into the external case then moving all possible files to the other machine. Then install the drive back into the original machine and try doing a clean install of the operating system and moving the files back afterwards.

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My unit is not powering on. I plugged in an 18v power supply into the unit and it was on for a few seconds and then shut off. Did I burn out the unit?


thirdjonesbo,
This solution will be rather lengthy. I apologize for the length of it in advance, but feel it is necessary to explain my possible solution.
Please bear with me.
joecoolvette

Inside the external harddrive case is a SATA harddrive.
The SATA harddrive plugs into a small circuit board, via an interface connector, OR small cables.

[Interface Connector.
On the back of a SATA harddrive are metal pins that stick out. The ones to be concerned with are the 15 pins for Power, and the 7 pins for Data. The 15 pins for Power are grouped together, as well as the 7 pins for Data. An Interface is simply a connector that has socket holes in it, that the pins stick into.

If you have never seen a harddrive, much less a SATA harddrive, the above statement will be as clear as mud.
Let me show you the pins on the back of a SATA harddrive, to help clarify this,

http://www.interfacebus.com/SATA_Pinout.html

Under the heading - Serial ATA Signal Assignments, view the illustration.

On the right you will see the Power Cable, headed towards the Power Connector. If you could enlarge this illustration you would see there are 15 pins.

On the left you will see the Signal Cable, headed towards the Signal Connector. Again, if you could enlarge this illustration you would see there are 7 pins. Signal is also Data.

(Data = Information. Information is processed back, and forth to the harddrive through this cable)

An Interface connector is rectangular in shape, and has socket holes to fit these pins.

Or, as stated above, it may have two small cables as shown in the illustration, and they plug into the Power, and Signal (Data) pins.

Either an Interface connector, or two small cables lead up to a small circuit board.

IT MAY BE that you are fortunate, and the circuit board bore the brunt of the overload of voltage, and did not get to the SATA harddrive inside.

My suggestion would be what I would do myself. This suggestion may not be what you would do.

I would open the external harddrive case, and look for obvious signs of electronics failure on the circuit board, and on the harddrive itself.
The harddrive also has a circuit board. It's on the bottom of the harddrive.

If you see obvious signs of damage such as,
1.Black marks on any of the various electronic components, or 2.Electronic components that have melted, swelled up, or look burned,
on the circuit board of the SATA harddrive, then you may want to stop here.

The 'cure' may be more costly, than the information you have saved on this external harddrive.

But,
IF, the circuit board of the SATA harddrive looked good to me, I would risk a small amount of money, to see if I could get the harddrive to work again.
Again, just my personal preference, and not direct advise that this is what you should do.

I would buy an External Enclosure, and install the SATA harddrive in it. The External Enclosure also has a circuit board inside, and uses a USB cable to connect to the computer, just like the External harddrive that you have now.

Average cost for a decent external enclosure for a SATA harddrive is around $30 USD.

Here is an example, (Not an advertisement for the external enclosure manufacturer, or said website),

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

The external enclosures come with info about how to open the enclosure, and install the SATA harddrive.

Should you have gotten this far, thank you for your time.
Regards,
joecoolvette

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