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I see the light on the simpletech but the computer does not recognize it. How can I open and see what I have stored inside.

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SOURCE: COMPUTER DOES NOT RECOGNIZED SIMPLETECH EXTERNAL HD

If your External HD is not regerstering it might have errors in it, I had this problem with my Simple Tech 500gb pininfarina and heres the steps that finnaly after days of trying to figure out it worked:
(Before starting make sure to disable your screen saver)
1. Restart the computer without the device plugged in to start fresh
2. Wait till it loads up and NO OTHER PROGRAM IS RUNNING
3. Plug the usb into the device then the computer usb port
4. Plug in the power to the device and wait till all the lights are cycling if they do
5. Now open the command prompt
6. Type in “Chkdsk /f N:” or whatever letter your device is in and let it run if its not moving don’t do anything till it is complete.
Mine was fixed after letting it do it for about an hour of just sitting there it had a lot of errors in the HD

Hope it helps

Posted on Jul 09, 2009

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SOURCE: computer does not recognize simpletech

I have a simpletech external drive that was working, but after i disconnect it unproperlly, i was getting the message <usb not recongnize>. I called simpletech, but customer service is ****, and anyway the drive inside is a hitahi, i have another simpletech and the drive inside is a western digital, whatever...
They told be to go to best buy to make a recover, so i called and they told me it s 250$, and if they cant do it, they will send it to a labotory witch cost 1700$, crazy ******* hein?
I red about getting drivers, putting the hdd in a fridge and much more stupid thing, BUT THE SOLUTION IS SIMPLE, OPEN THE CASE, UNDER THE ALLUMINIUM STICKER THERE IS 2 SCREWS, REMOVE THEM, OPEN THE CASE, TAKE THE HDD INSIDE OUT AND REMOVE THE ADAPTER CONNECTED TO THE HDD(WHERE YOU CONNECT THE USB CABLE) CAUSE THIS IS THE PART CAUSING THE PROBLEM, THE HARD DRIVE IS OK AND YOU DIDN T LOOSE NOTHING. So now what you can do is just buy a new case for laptop hard drive (with a new usb adapter included), or buy another simpleshit hdd and switch the adapter part or just buy an adapter to make your hdd an usb hdd and Voila, and after that i suggest you buy yourself a better hdd than simpleShit and make a new backup.

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

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SOURCE: The computer does not recognize the Simpletech

not all usb devices work on all machines
You need to find a driver or ask simple tech what the issue is i had the same issue with My WDC drive Western Digital gave me a driver after emailing them

Posted on Aug 14, 2009

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SOURCE: simpletech 160gb

I would guess you are useing USB.
If correct, try a differant USB port.
The USB port you are useing may not be configured for USB2 speeds.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009

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SOURCE: hi i have a simpletech 160 gb mini hardrive....my

> try to check the connection,also try to connect it to a working computer

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