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I unpluged my hard drive to do some remodeling and when I pluged it back in the power comes on but my computer does not reconize it
please help cause I have alot of information on it

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Power it up, but plug it into a different USB port.

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Probably not the right answer for your problem. Mine is an external 1 TB Simple Drive. Mine wouldn't respond at all. I unplugged the power cable from the back of the hard drive and replugged it in and instantly it worked (with the computer and hard drive plugged in). I had tried rebooting the computer, plugging/unplugging over and over into the computer and that didn't work.

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However rare, it is possible that you have a dead hard drive. I would try the hard drive on a different computer (one that has a known good set of USB ports). If that still does not work, take it back to where you got it and get a refund/replacement.

A couple of things you can look at:

1) Do you hear/feel the hard drive "spin-up" when you first turn it on ?

2) Does the hard drive come with an external power supply ? If so, it could be just the power supply that is shot. Check for tell-tale LEDs that would say whether it's working or not.

3) Have you tried different USB cables/USB ports ? Sometimes the front ports do not have enough juice to power a hard drive (if it's drawing power off the USB port). Sometimes switching to a USB port on the back of your computer is enough to solve the problem.

4) Make sure to eliminate as many superfluous components you can from your testing: don't plug the hard into a USB hub, plug it directly into an motherboard USB port (as mentioned above, the ones on the back).


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