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SimpleTech 320 GB hard drive not recognized by PC

Have a simpletech external hard drive which is not been recognized by the PC; was working fine up until recently. Found out that the person who was supposed to backup on this external hard drive never used to unplug in safe mode (meaning did not use the "Safely remove Hardware" option from the taskbar)
Any ideas how this can be revived???
Thanks for your help! it is not recognized by my PC

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  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    I have the same problem. I tryed many things nothing is working

  • stead63 May 03, 2009

    My pc will recognize the simpletech interface but will not show the drive or give me a chance to format it...simpletech may not be this devices appropriate name.

  • rhw78 May 04, 2009

    Computer won't recognize external Simpletech anymore

  • Chelseamouse May 05, 2009

    I think I have the same problem. It will turn on go "beep, click, click, click, click, beep (repeat 4 times)...." but then appears to stop and sort of shut off but the red light on the back stays on. My MacBook does not see it and so it does not mount. Help!

  • Carlos Concepcion
    Carlos Concepcion May 26, 2014

    I had the same problem. I had given up. Then I plugged n a different AC Adapter. My Simpletech Drive was recognized by my computer and I had accss to all my data. I plugged in the original adapter and i would not work. Problem was the AC Adapter.

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Hello

Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.

Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

  1. The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
  2. The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
  3. The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

Kind Regards
Andrea

Posted on Sep 29, 2010

  • George Maier Jun 25, 2014

    my seagate external drive now works, I plugged it into two other computers and they did not recognize it either.

  • George Maier Jun 25, 2014

    But I tried after upfating drives and using a different port it now recognizes the Seagate

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Windows likes to play with drive letter assignments, especially when you remove a device without using the "safely remove hardware" icon. When you plug it back in, Windows may think that you've plugged in a new one and assign it a new drive letter. Try this:

Your computer can use up to 26 drive letters, from A through Z. Use drive letters C through Z for hard disk drives. Drive letters A and B are reserved for floppy disk drives. However, if your computer does not have a floppy disk drive, you can assign these letters to removable drives.

Before you modify drive-letter assignments, note the following items:

  • Changing the drive letter of the system volume or the boot volume is not a built-in feature of the Disk Management snap-in.
  • Many MS-DOS-based and Microsoft Windows-based programs refer to specific drive letters for environmental or other variables. If you modify the drive letter, these programs may not function correctly.
uparrow.gifBack to the top How to assign a drive letter loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); To assign a drive letter to a drive, a partition, or a volume, follow these steps:
  1. Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
  2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Performance and Maintenance.

    Note If you do not see Performance and Maintenance, go to step 3. Performance and Maintenance appears in Control Panel only if you use Category view. If you use Classic view, Performance and Maintenance does not appear.
  3. Click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, and then click Disk Management in the left pane.
  4. Right-click the drive, the partition, the logical drive, or the volume that you want to assign a drive letter to, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use.
  7. Click OK.
The drive letter is assigned to the drive, to the partition, or to the volume that you specified, and then that drive letter appears in the appropriate drive, partition, or volume in the Disk Management tool.

I hope this does it for you. Thanks for using Fixya!

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