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Fantom Drive won't spin up

I have a 160 Fantom Drive that I use with my Mac that gives a steady red light. If I take the drive out and unplug the drive I get a steady blue. Is the drive fried?

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SOURCE: Fantom 160GB Har Drive power light alternating btw red and blue

Have you tried running a search from your start menu (in Windows XP, Vista)? If not, go there and then use the drop down line at the top of the window. It should register what drive is plugged into or hooked up to your computer.

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The Solution: ... IT WORKS REALLY ...

Point 1: Remove power from the mains.

Item 2: The device from your PC, remove the USB plug.

Point 3: The USB Titanium External Hard Disc Enclosure Open, just the screws of the housing, with a special wrench to open.
The drive from the connector of the USB connector for one minute to remove, then the hard drive with the connector of the USB connection,
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Point 3: The hard disk into the housing insert all the screws screw.
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Since you've already tried different cables and computers, that eliminates a lot of things. Are there any configuration switches?

Possibly a cable or connector has come loose within the unit, particularly the edge connector that connects to the drive itself. If the unit is under warranty, try that first, espcially if you don't have important files that could be lost on the drive if you had to send it in for repair or replacement.

If you open it up, re-seat the connectors --- push them firmly into the drive PC board. If possible, remove each and put it firmly back into place. If that doesn't fix it, something is probably burned out and it is probably not something one can handle without access to factory replacement parts.

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SOURCE: Fantom hard drive red light!

There are no drivers for this unit. It is a plug & play unit that is one of the worst Fantom has ever offered. Very unreliable and many power cord problems.

I tried for several weeks to find the drivers over the net and researched a ton before I called Fantom Tech Support. The number is posted on New Egg under the their Mfg contacts

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If you turn on the drive can you feel that the drive starts spinning? Can you feel movement and see a light flickering?

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