Question about SimpleTech 250GB USB2.0 7200 RPM External 250 GB IDE Hard Drive

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Have a 160 GB ext. Hard drive - no longer made. Bought it over a year ago but never plugged it in until two day ago. The red light comes on but it does not show up under"My Computer" Took it to Best Buy and they confirmed it to be working. Took it back again to witness and sure enough it worked on a brand new laptop on display. They say I might update my windows XP. I did but to no avail. Can anyone help?? Brand: SimpleTech BOM# 96200-41001-052. Egon

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  • frombr Mar 12, 2009

    My simpletech 160gb has just stopped working after i try to copy the Windows Recovery from my laptop
    No lights flashing anymore
    I canno see it in My Computer

    Does onyone can help me to fix this problem ?

  • Suhrobjon89 May 13, 2009

    the problem with my Hard Drive is that: it turns red but it does not show up in computer. i do not know what to do with it. I tried it also in other pc's and still it does not work. Can someone help me pls with this problem. Thanx in advance.



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Although I have seen it fail often, in your case it is worthwhile to try the 'Add hardware' wizard in the Control Panel. If you have an installation disk of any kind, have it at hand. Let the system look for the drive (plugged in of course) and if it finds it and has no drivers for it, it will ask for the installation disk but you may have to tell Win where to look for it by drive letter. If you don't have an installation disk, you will have to go through the drivers list offered to see if SimpleTech is listed.
SimpleTech still has an active website so I would check there first:
SimpleTech support page
If you have no luck you find no driver, there are several websites that have a huge array of drivers for current and obsolete hardware.
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I have the same drive. It has to do with the cable you are using. If you use the "Y" cable that came with it and plug the correct end into the usb of the coumputer, it will work. If you use any other standard usb cable, it will not work. The red light comes on to let you know it is receiving power, but a blue light will come on to let you know it is connected to your computer. So, you have to find a usb cable that will let it both receive power and connect to the computer. I misplaced my cable so I'm trying to find a replacement. I've tried 4 or 5 usb cables in the past and they didn't work, but when I plugged the one that came with it, it worked.

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