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I have a seagate external harddrive that my father gave me can it be locked? the harddrive is 160gb it is about 2yrs old gray and black casing

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  • magima63 Apr 20, 2009

    yes, tanx for the clarification. i would like to lock it to avoid unauthorized access.

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When you say lock the drive are you asking to lock access to the drive entirely when you disconnect it from your computer no one can access your files if they find the drive and try to put it on their computer and open it,

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  • Joe Staub Apr 20, 2009

    Two ways to accomplish this.



    First way is to do so by creating a single folder that you put everything into. Let's say we make a New Folder on your external drive and name it External Drive Folder. Once you create it, right click on the folder, click on Properties, click on Sharing Tab and then in the first section uncer Local Sharing and Security check the box that says Make this folder private. What this does is what it say directly above the check mark which is to make this folder and its subfolders private so that only you have access to it, and now here's the key..... provided that you set up a password on your user account. Without that anyone can log on to your computer and access your files.



    Second way to do so is to create all your documents and folders (that you want to ultimately save on your external drive) to a folder on your computer that you normally attach your external drive to. Then load a Backup Software Program such as Vice Versa or any other readily available Back Up Software Program on your computer. Then simply create a program that automatically backs up the folder on your computer whose files you want to back up to your external drive routinely (such as every day or every time a file is added or changed). Example. In the back up software you will have a utility to back up files, folders etc from your computer to your external drive. Say your Folder on your computer is called My Documents and it is on your C Drive. You want to copy every file in your My Documents over to your H Drive which is your External Drive. You would use the Back Up Utility to say Back Up Every day or every hour or whatever frequency you want

    C:/My Documents to H Drive or to H:/My Documents (if you decide to create a specific folder on your H Drive to send the documents to).



    Hope this helps

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Seagate st90000u2 160gb no longer recognized by home laptops


w7

First, please disconnect all USB devices and then perform the following steps:


Click "Start" button, type "devmgmt.msc" (without quotation marks) in the "Search" bar and press "Enter". Click "Continue" if necessary.



In Device Manager, double click to expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers", right click on the Host Controller, click "Uninstall" and click "OK".



Repeat the step 2 to uninstall all items under "Universal Serial Bus controllers".



Then, restart your computer and Windows 7 will reinstall all USB controllers automatically.


for xp


click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll down universal serial bus controllers you could see a yellow question / exclamation mark? ! or a red X


you will need to update/reinstall drivers

right click to reinstall drivers


if you can see your usb but its not working

ports(com&lpt)right click update driver


sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,



if you can see your usb drive but its not working

ports (com&lpt) right click update driver if this fails to fix the problem


check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red white green black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems to a computer and its parts


if this fails to fix the problem
Downloads to Recover Your Files and Save Your Bacon and 10 Best Free Hard Drive Utilities.


Some addition links found on Google
http://www.datarecoveryreview.net/


http://www.cleverfiles.com/


http://www.easeus.com/resource/hard-disk-data-recovery.htm


hope this helps

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I burned out my external hard drives PCB board and I am unable to find a new one


The Printed Circuit Board ON THE Harddrive inside the Seagate FreeAgent, or the small PCB inside the Seagate FreeAgent's external enclosure? (Case)

If you are referring to the small PCB that the Harddrive connects to, and has the USB cable coming from it, just buy an external enclosure, and install the Harddrive into it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HZ-wTdscgc

If your Seagate is like the one in the link above, it has a laptop size Harddrive in it, and it is a SATA unit.

2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches)

This is an example of a 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

IF you are referring to the PCB on the Harddrive itself, good luck.

One method would be to buy another harddrive like the one in the Seagate FreeAgent, and use it's PCB so that you can retrieve your information.

Then reinstall the PCB on the new harddrive.

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Can not get computer to recognize hard drive any more?


You could try using another USB port on your computer. Perhaps that USB port you have the IOmega external harddrive plugged into is bad.

More than likely not, though.

The problem is usually inside the IOmega's case. (External enclosure)

Inside that IOmega external harddrive's case is a regular harddrive as used in a desktop, or laptop computer.
To explain;

Harddrives are physically rated in width, as well as type, and size.
A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches)
A desktop harddrive is 3.5 inches.

The larger desktop harddrives are usually used in external harddrives that are 500GB, and larger.
(Not always the case when it comes to the 500GB size)

Harddrives have two technologies, or types.
IDE (PATA) or SATA.

You didn't state the Model Number so I can't even hazard a guess at this point.

The harddrive inside the case plugs into an Interface.
The Interface may be separate, and connected via a cable to a small circuit board, or the Interface may be soldered directly to the small circuit board.

It is this Interface, and circuit board which go bad.
The solution is to remove the harddrive inside, purchase an inexpensive external enclosure, and install the harddrive into it.

The external enclosure has a USB cable just like the IOmega external harddrive did.

As stated the harddrive inside is just a normal harddrive. Made by a harddrive manufacturer.
Could be a Western Digital, or Seagate, or Hitachi, or Maxtor, or Fujitsu, or IBM, just to name a few.
(Seagate bought out Maxtor)

On the harddrive will be a decal with it's specifications.
You will also be able to physically measure the width.

This external hookup will support harddrives that are 2.5, or 3.5 inches in width, (And 5.25), plus will support both IDE (PATA) or SATA harddrives,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7220658&CatId=3770

This external enclosure is for a desktop sized harddrive, 3.5 inches, and will support either IDE (PATA) or SATA harddrives,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1951866&CatId=2780

This external enclosure example is for laptop sized harddrives, 2.5 inches, and will support either IDE, (PATA), or SATA harddrives,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7041055&CatId=2783

Just one example of how to disassemble an IOmega Select Portable harddrive,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvUvz5Qb4vw

Other styles are listed in the Suggestions column down on the right.
Not a good source for information on disassembling an IOmega external harddrive, but there is very little info available.

(It isn't that tough for any external harddrive enclosure. The screws are usually hidden under labels, and the case pops apart in two halves. Just a little different design here, and there)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
joecoolvette

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USB port broke off. Can I connect to something else to get the data off the drive? I cracked open the case and it's a barracuda 7200 but I don't recognize the pin connections. Please help? Thank...


Yes just fixed mine. Went to radio shack bought a gigaware sata 3.5 external enclosure.
Took the harddrive out of old enclosure. pryed off external alluminum case to expose a panel that sticks out to the side where the broken usb plug went. Wiggled that off then placed in new enclosure fits good. secured with old screws. plugged it in and it works great. The new usb plug is much sturdier. The external case cost me about $40.00 and some change but Im glad i retreaved my data. I will never buy another seagate. Hope this helps...Alan

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May be a little different, than the Seagate FreeAgent external harddrive enclosures I've opened up.
Here are for two styles;

1) Style one:
External enclosure sits on a hollow tube that ends in a base.

Turn the Seagate FreeAgent external drive over on it's top, base up in the air. The base is formed out of two parts made of plastic.

A flat part on top, and a cupped shaped plastic part underneath. (Shaped like a rectangular cake pan)

The rectangular 'cake pan' part has 4 feet on it.
The rectangular shaped part comes out of the flat base.
If you look close you will see a parting line where the two plastic parts meet.

A flat tipped screwdriver is used to pry the rectangular shaped 'cake pan' out of the flat top part.
Start in one area of the parting line, pry up a little. Move over, and pry up again. Keep going around until the rectangular shape comes out.



The flat part attaches to a hollow tube shape. Looking down there are three Philips head screws to remove. Removing them removes the flat shaped part of the base.
One on each outside edge, (Two total), one in the middle.

The flat part comes off.
Then you will see two more Philips head screws to remove. One on each side.

After removing the base, and the two screws listed above, the external enclosure comes apart in two halves like a clamshell.

The two halves have a parting line where a flat tipped screwdriver is inserted to pry them apart.
DO NOT insert the flat tipped screwdriver tip, in between the two halves of the case, more than the length of half the length of a fingernail!

It ISN'T an easy task to separate the two halves. You won't be using the external enclosure's case anymore.
Also watch your fingers! The plastic edges are S-H-A-R-P!

One half of the external enclosure's case has tabs that stick out along the edges of the case.
These are shaped like a square loop. The loop has a hollow space in it. A Female tab if you will.

The other half of the external enclosure's case has tabs, that snap into the square loops. A Male tab if you will.
The female square loops are plastic formed from the case, and can break easily.
After you open the case you'll see what I mean.


One half of the case removes. The other half has the Harddrive attached to it.
After you remove the case half, you will see a metal shield.
There are two long Philips screws that go down through the metal shield, and hold the Harddrive assembly to the other half of the case cover.
Remove them. Two on each side.

You now half to use your fingers, and a little brute force, and pry the Harddrive assembly out of the case half.
Metal shield and all.

You will see two wires, (Red and Black) that connect to the case half, and come up to a White connector that attaches to the Harddrive assembly.
Disconnect the connector from the Harddrive assembly.
Lay the case half aside.

You can now see how to remove the Harddrive from the rest of the assembly.

2) Style Two:
Shaped like a book, with one side having a taper, or slope.

I believe this explains it better than I could. It's a video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73jHstTFGFo&feature=related

CAUTION!!
I would NOT use a sharp bladed Knife!!
Use a butter knife, or a thin flat tipped screwdriver!
WATCH your fingers. There's No need to hurry, or use dangerous techniques.
Want you safe!

Post comments or additional questions in a Comment. (Believe upper right of your page)

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Hi,

Yes of course you can install the Seagate Mementus 160GB, the laptop will take a dive with a 320GB capacity.



Regards.

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You better check with the Seagate people. This seems to be a problem with the casing. And since you're under warranty, you can get a replacement.

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Seagate,external, Hard drive,160GB,knocked over,doesnt work


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As for your old drive, if you like to tinker, you may be able to remove the drive from the case and replace it with a similar sized drive with a matching interface (ide or sata). I personally like to remove the rare earth magnets from bad drives to make refrigerator magnets and toss the aluminum housing into the metal recycling barrel. It also ensure personal data is never coming off those platters.

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Open the drive and see whats burns, if the case circut is burnt put the driv in a new case. the the harddrive is burnt your out of luck.

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