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SimpleTech 500GB External Drive stops or freezes etc

I use my SimpleTech to store mp3s and I listen to them from there. (I:)
Winamp is installed on my hard drive. (C:) It used to work fine, but now music skips then freezes and the drive (I:) can no longer be accessed.
I also get the Delayed Write failed error. I tried reducing the cache size with cacheset. This happens only when using Winamp.


Sometimes when I turn Simpletech on, it simply will not show up. I have to use the usb port to get it to come back. And most of the time I can't eject it. Generic Volume can't be stopped. Even after using Unlocker.

This thing drives me crazy. I feel like it's only a matter of time before I lose everything on it.

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well..you can 'see' it on the my computer, right? welll, then perhaps you'll check the usb cable, no?

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SOURCE: Simpletech 500 GB external hard drive - unresponsive

If you really can not get it to work anymore, you could try opening it up and connecting the hdd directly on a IDE/SATA port in your computer. This will only work if you have a desktop, for a laptop you would need all kinds of converters.

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SOURCE: 500Gb SimpleTech Ext Drive No Power

Hello.
It sounds like you might have a problem with the power supply.
I have seen MANY external hard drives with failing power supplies. Take it to the store you purchased it from for a check up, it should still be under warrantee if its only 3 months old.
Good Luck!

Posted on Jun 17, 2009

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SOURCE: Six month old Simpletech 500 GB ext. drive not recognized

I had the exact same problem. Solved by removing Simpletech drive from the 'flashy-box'. Unplugged drive from internals and threw the 'Pinnaferrina' case away and installed it on my motherboards extra sata plugin site (if it has one). If you open your computer case it should be labled on the Motherboeard as such. Mine has four. On the first attempt when I started the computer i Had no OS system showing on first boot-up. Shut off computer and power and shifted SATA (RED Cable) to another Sata plug on Motherboard and it booted right up and I had the drive back. You will need a longer Sata cable than the attached to the Simpletech drive and a power cable that matches the one on the Simletech . Forget looking for the drivers on the net and the Simpletech web site was no use.

Posted on Nov 02, 2009

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