Question about Iomega (33275) 500 GB USB Hard Drive
My usb port is loose on my external hard drive and isn't being recognised by computers. all my work is on it. please say its' fixable....?:(
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Trekstor Storage device
I have an answer on how to fix the Trekstor Datastation "Removable Disk" problem.
I also own a Trekstor Datastation 500GB and had the same problem even though it worked for several months then all of a sudden when I tried to hook it up to another computer, it stopped working. It would recognize the USB connection but you could not read the drive as it would say "Removable Disk".
In "Device Manager" it recognizes the drive as Sundata USB2SATA. But what it really should be is "WDC WD50 00AAVS-32ZTB0 USB Device" or something similar to that. For those that are wondering, yes, the hard drive is a Western Digital Hard Drive. Western Digital Caviar to be exact.
Solution: You need to open the cover to the hard drive and reconnect the hard drive to the connector on the board. It's that simple!
It is very loose and this model is not well designed so it can easily come off if you accidentally knock over your hard drive or move it to another location. The hard drive is held in place by screws on a holder where there is room for the screws to slide if the screws are not tight enough.
You'll need a T10 screwdriver bit to remove the cover and a Phillips screwdriver to adjust the hard drive.
NOTE: Doing this will probably voids your warranty but trust me, it works and it's really easy and quick to do. Took me 15 minutes.
Posted on Jul 01, 2008
Hi Trajan & Cossrock,
Both may be as simple as stopping in at the local computer store and buying a new enclosure to move the drive into, however in Trajans case if the drives were working as a stripe set yours will likely need more in depth help.
So Cossrock, pop into your local computer store and have them test the AC adapter, it may simply need replacing, if not then try moving the drive to a new enclosure. If that doesn't work then you will need the help of a Data Recovery Expert and I can point you in the right direction, just comment back here and let me know how you made out.
Trajan, if your NAS box was simply running two drives seperately you should be able to move them into seperate cases or another dual drive case similar to Cossrocks solution, however if they are RAIDed you will likely need more assistance, please check and comment back if they are in RAID format. Also even if they are not in RAID many NAS boxes use a Linux OS and therefor a Linux format on the drive, if this is the case comment back and I will get you a link to a Linux file format driver but please include your OS Wndows Vista/XP/2000, Mac, Linux etc.
Well folks hope this helps you both out and like I said comment back with an update if you run into trouble and I will keep helping on the next steps.
Posted on May 20, 2009
SOURCE: Weird clicking sounds
Clicking sound on an external hard drive is an indication that it's quiting to work. You mentioned that it's just stopped working, you may need to check the Disk Management of your computer to see if you could still reformat it. To do this, please follow the steps below:
FOR WINDOWS XP AND VISTA:
1. Make sure that the HD is properly connected to the computer.
2. Right-click 'My Computer' or 'Computer' folder and then go to "Manage".
3. Locate and click Disk Management.
4. Then, take note of the drive letters that will appear on the screen.
5. While the Disk Management window is opened, unplug the HD and check which drive letter will disappear.
6. If a drive letter disappears, then that is your external 250GB HD. You may reformat it to make it work again.
NOTE: Reformatting the HD will erase all the files saved in it. You may want to bring your HD in any data recovery center to retrieve the important files. If the HD didn't show up under your Disk Management, then there's nothing that we could do but to bring your HD in to the Data Recovery to save the files.
FOR MACINTOSH OSX:
1. Connect your HD to the computer.
2. Click 'Go' (located near the Apple icon, Finder, File, Edit and View).
3. Select Utilities and then click the Disk Utility Icon.
4. Take note the drive letters and then unplug the HD.
If a drive letter disappears, that's your HD. If nothing disappears, then the computer no longer detecting the HD.
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
This doesn't sound like an OS issue. This appears to be more an issue of the connection to the hard drive. The USB cable likely isn't the culprit, nor the laptop USB inputs. If the drive was ever dropped or the cable gets removed and reattached often to the actual enclosure, you might be looking at a bad port on the enclosure. This isnt a lost cause. You can always buy a hard drive enclosure from newegg and move the drive from the IOMEGA to the new enclosure. You can get a new enclosure for $15. Just because the USB port is bad, it doesnt mean the data is gone and the hard drive cant be used.
Posted on Aug 26, 2009
I don't think there is a converter from USB to ESATA, but you could buy a new Hard Drive enclosure that has those options, but I am not sure if you are willing to take out the HD from the existing one.
Posted on Sep 09, 2009
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