I have an external hard disk. it was working for more than six months and now suddenly it doesnt work. when i connect to my pc the light on the hard disk comes on but it doesnt show in my computer. please help.
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It sounds like the hard drive head crashed when you pulled the power plug. Unfortunately if you can't get drive to be recognized, you won't even be able to run any diagnostics. You will have to take the drive to an authorized repair shop who will have to check the electronics to see if the head will respond. Unless you have data on your drive that you absolutely need, you will probably save a lot of money by replacing rather than repairing the drive.
Inside the case is a regular laptop size harddrive. Laptop harddrives are 2.5 inches across. (2-1/2 inches. Desktop harddrives are 3.5 inches)
I would suggest the external enclosure the harddrive is in, is defunct. I would suggest buying a new external enclosure, and putting this harddrive in it. Then just plug the USB cable in, (As you did before), and download your data, to be ready to transfer.
You need an external enclosure that is Sata, and is for a 2.5 inch harddrive. These are relatively inexpensive. Let me show you some examples: 1.http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2783&name=2.5-eSATA-Hard-Drive-Enclosure&Nav=|c:2781|&Sort=0&Recs=10
i fixed my problem by going to the western digital site and downloaded the installation package. i installed it and next thing i knew it started working again. hope that may help if anyone runs into a similar problem
I have been using this hard disk for about 6 months now. It stopped
working. The power and the usb cable are connected. I use Windows Xp
and it doesnt read it. And for some reason most of the time when i open
'my computer' and the hard disk usb cable is plugged in 'my computer'
stops responding !! However the 'safely remove disk' icon comes on the
task bar and i can remove it from there. But i cant read it from
explorer. The light on the HD keeps blinking. It reads my friends HD
and flash drive. Please help me.