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External hard drive not registering with the computer

I turned on the external hard drive and the blue ring light comes on and i hear the external hard drive trying to run but after a few minutes a red light appeas in the blue ring and the external hard drive will not show up on my computer. What could be the problem?

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  • chewy96 Nov 15, 2007

    yup, i have the same problem, i plug it in, my computer dings, but it doesnt show up

  • ganandor7 Mar 31, 2008

    Same kind of problem. SimpleTech external hard drive where I saved thousands of pictures. When I turn it on the computer does not recognize the drive, and red and blue lights go on the hard drive. The hard drive makes a clicking sound as if it is trying to read but nothing happens. Desperately trying to see what I can do.

  • Anonymous Jul 10, 2008

    The drive worked yesterday, but today it won't register in "My Computer" today.... eeeeeeeeeeek.

    Hopefully the data is not lost. Any suggestions?

  • Brian Rowcotsky
    Brian Rowcotsky Oct 07, 2008

    Same problem here!!! The blue light comes on and stays on as though the Drive is thinking. It also freezes my CPU. Hopefully the solution works.



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WOW!! I was out of options and was desperate to find a fix for my External. So i took it out of its case and looked it over like the other solution states. I decided to plug it in while it ws out of its case, and i began squeezing it among other things. Finally when i pushed on the area on the bottom where you can see the disk is located, it grinded for a second. After that my drive started to work again!!!!!!! Unreal i thought i ws gonna lose everything i had. Id recommend trying this as a last resort and it dont take alot of pressure, just press on it until you feel the disk vibrate.

Hope this helps someone else as well.

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Sounds like the drive is physically damaged. I would extract the drive form the case, and test it. If the ports on the enclosure are faulty, theres is nothing to do about it except resolder them.......
Your youre concerned about the case and not the content on the drive, verify whether it is under warranty and return it.

Keep me posted.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007


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