Question about IO Magic Corporation GigaBank (I250HD35) 250 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive
Same problem as Geof1969. Blue logo is blinking, my computor with Windows XP cannot recognize. Worked fine from Dec 2006 until returning from recent trip in October. I had turned it off before leaving on trip. When I turned it on upon returning, light began blinking and I have not been able to get it working since.
I had the same problem with the blinking light and the drive not working. I read the posts here and on other sites and figured the power supply was the problem. I held the power supply up to my ear and could hear a crackling or sizzling sound every time the logo blinked. I don't have time to tear apart the drive and hook it up to a PC to get my files so I went to the I/O site and ordered a new power supply for $14 and it arrived today. The drive is working fine. No need to buy an enclosure. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jun 01, 2009
I have an I/O Magic 320GB drive. It's easily taken apart by gently removing the silver-colored aluminum sticky plate (by the power switch, USB, etc). Then you remove the two screws and remove the black plate. After that you can push out the entire drive harness and remove the screws and connectors to take the hard drive out. It's easily swapped for a different HDD, and the drive is easily placed as an IDE internal drive. If you hook it directly to your computer you can run diagnostics on it and perhaps data recovery software like "Recuva". Most external drives are pre-formatted as FAT32, single partitions but can be reformatted to any other format.
Posted on Feb 01, 2008
I have two drives that are almost identical. One is a newer model, but they are both I/O Magic GigaBank 250GB external drives. I had the blinking logo problem on one of them and after testing I swapped the power cord from the other over and the drive works. Long story short it's the power cord (or the 120-12V adapter built in-line) and I am waiting to see if I/O Magic's customer support is going to reply.
Posted on Jan 15, 2008
I am having the same problem, but i believe i saw a spark when i plugged it into the cheap power strip, where I should have known better. I have ripped apart an external drive before and put the drive in the enclosure, and it worked great. It was not a mybook style drive though, it was a WD caviar or something. It's just a regular internal IDE style drive inside most drives, and the enclosures cost anywhere from $20 to $50. I have no idea what the difference in price gets you. I would love to let my blinking drive warm up, but it turns itself off after about 15 seconds and then blinks 3 times. I am glad that I backed all the data up to a second hard drive, or I would be crying like a baby right now. BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP always.
Posted on Jan 17, 2008
Same problem here. By the time I read all of these post the drive had heated up and was working fine. 15 min or so plugged in.
Posted on Jul 27, 2009
I had two of these drives. One was purchased just to take apart and use the HDD in an XBOX mod. Very simple to disassemble. (See "Best Solution" by bizzybot.
I have used the open case as an enclosure for multiple other HDD from other computers for data recovery.
My second IO Magic drive started giving me the Blinking Logo after a power down. I was able to cycle the power on it a few times and get it to come back up for another month or two. Now it wouldn't come back from the Blinking Logo. Thanks to "Solution #2" by Pegleggedous I tried my other power supply from my open enclosure and it is working like a champ!
Hope this helps others!
Posted on Mar 19, 2009
My i/p magic 500 gig hd was shut down properly the other day . today when i turned it on the light was blinking also .I'm glad I found this site . i tried changing usb cables ..nothing .. then I took a risk and plugged in the power cord from another hd kaser 500 gig that had about the same watt/amp rating (that another posting had recommended).
No blinking.... files opened up like the red sea ... I'm now draining all of my files off it b4 anything else happens .... these hd's (all brands apparently are designed to screw up ... just bout a 1TB mybook and am reading the horror stories on them ....
What A guy supposed to do with this planned obsolesence?
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
I had the same thing occur to my I/O Magic 250 GB USB drive a couple of days ago. I did an online chat with I/O Magic tech support and the guy said you can RMA (return) it if it's in warrantee, but otherwise too bad. Mine is out of warrantee. As already suggested here, I removed the drive from the enclosure, connected it to my computer (internally) and the drive was fine. Another option I found instead of buying a new enclosure was to buy a toaster ($50). It's like an enclosure, but you just pop a drive into the top, (like bread into a toaster) and your drive is working. No screws, wires, plugs, etc and it is hot-swapable, so you can switch to another drive without poering off your computer. Oh and don't buy another I/O Magic product again.
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
I finally took my drive in to a kid at circuit City. He looked in a big box of parts for a plug that would fit it, no luck... He broke it open and plugged the drive into his computer and then copied all my data on to a new drive. No problem, just a 2 hour wait. To top it off, He didn't even charge me. It has to be that damn power cord...
Posted on Apr 01, 2008
I did get it to work eventually... and what I have figured out is that this drive needs to heat up or something before it can be read... once switched off for some time, it requires a good 15-30 minutes or so after switching back on for it to be recognzed... this figure changes.. at times i've left it plugged in overnight with the light blinking to find it working fine in the morning.
You should note that the drive DOES need to be plugged into a proper surge protector.
I don't trust it very much and have moved/backed-up most of my important stuff off it.
Posted on Jan 15, 2008
Is the drve, was the drive plugged into a powerstrip or surge protector? And a real surge protector, nott he inexpensive ones, with no fuse or reset mechanism. if so the drive or enclosure ( there are 2 variables here ) could have been exposed to a spike or surge in current.
Keep me posted.
Posted on Oct 28, 2007
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