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Sumvision External SATA hard drive not responding

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My Sumvision external SATA hard drive is failing to respond. When Iplug the USB cable in, the LED flickers once, but then goes dark. Alittle two-tone alarm sounds (really quietly) for about 20 seconds, butthen stops.

Basically, the whole unit seems to be dead. My kid's photos are on there, and I couldn't bear to lose them!

Many thanks,


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If you can try it on a different usb port on the back of the computer if its still the same then has it got any other connectors ie firewire , maybe try it on a different machine, if its still the same then if its not under warranty I would be tempted to carefuly take the enclosure apart and attach the hard drive directly to your computer via the correct interface ( IDE or SATA )

If you dont have a sata port you can buy a sata PCI card cheaply also there are kits which will allow you to connect an external hard drive / optical drive directly to your computer via usb which may allow you to retrieve your data

If you go to amazon or and search for sata ide to usb 2.0 adapter

that should allow you to get one cheaply.

Assuming its a 2.5" drive, if its a regulard 3.5" hard drive size then just attach it directly to your computer.

If you are having issues with it detecting on your computer then it may be the hard drive in which case you may have to have a play around with the bios, if you still have issues as a very very last resort you can put it into a water tight freezer bag and freeze it over night and try it again.

But hopefully its not that serious.

Posted on May 17, 2009


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There's a simple and cheap solution that often works, a slightly more expensive one that works in about 60% of the remaining cases and a more expensive($1000+) solution that covers almost all the rest.

First, the cheap one. Go to the computer store, buy a new enclosure for the drive and have the techs there install and test it for you. If the failure is in your current enclosures circuitry this should fix your problem for under $50. If it doesn't work, you can simply not buy the item. If it does, buy a stack of CD's or DVD's while you're there and make sure you make a second copy of the pics and filem somewhere safe, cool and dry. The point of these backup drives is to have a second copy, if it's yur only copy and fails the solutions can be expensive.

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