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Beeping I have an imega 500gb external drive. When I plug it in, it just beeps. i read where it may not be getting enough power. i ordered a replacement plug, but it still just beeps. i want to recover the files that are on it. help?

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Hard drive have been known to have their motors fail. Sometimes you can power up the drive, and while it is connected twist the drive with a couple of quick twist around the axis of the platters. In this way you are imparting some momentum in the platters and this may be enough to move the motor and get the disk working. Otherwise you may need to send the drive to a recovery service $$$$

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SOURCE: My Iomega 1 TB external is making beeping noises

I've had the same problem happen to me three times with drives, so I know the situation very well.

I'm sorry to tell you, but your drive is experiencing a motor failure. Meaning that the drive is dying. You do need to stop using the drive and find a data recovery service. If the drive is under warranty with Iomega, you can get a replacement drive. Unfortunately, no manufacturer will pay for the data recovery service, neither will they guarantee the data. Iomega does have a data recovery service that is good, but can be costly depending on the trouble on the drive and the amount of data that has to be recovered.

Do stop using the drive so that the discs in the drive can stay strong making data recovery easier (and not so costly). If you use your drive primarily for your business, you may want to invest in an online backup system that syncs with the data from your drives. I'm sorry for your troubles.

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SOURCE: my seagate external hard drive is making a beeping

Hello there quaylanburns.

Here's your geek-steer ...

Please refer to another post of mine I JUST submitted. Just like him, I'm going to recommend you also perform a chkdsk on the problem drive ...

chkdsk DRIVE_LETTER: /X /R

Regardless of the outcome of that diagnostic, if you're having ANY persistent hard-disk-drive (HDD) access difficulties, AND you have irreplaceable data contained on that HDD, your IMMEDIATE objective is to BACKUP/RECOVER that data.

Please refer to another post of mine for follow on guidance.

Good luck, and please do post back ...

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SOURCE: Iomega Prestige 1.5TB external hard drive won't start-up properly

Try replacing the power supply. Especially if all you get is a beep and no drive motor noise. The power supply is 12 V, 1.5 A, center positive polarity. Iomega may even replace it for free if the drive is still under warranty. But don't use the phone. Use their free chat-live service. Again, assuming the drive is still under warranty, which is a year, I think.

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SOURCE: my iomega external hard drive beeps when connected computer

I just bought an Iomega external Hard Drive model number SPDHDU and I couldn't get it to stop beeping when I connected it to my Mac... Then I changed the usb connection from one I had laying around for other devices, to the one it came with and now it works fine!

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Ihave a 1.5tb that I have not used in months. I plugged it in and all I get is beeping noises. The green light is on in front and the unit feels warm to the touch. Any solutions?

the beeps are post during post the very first work is done by the ram all the memory in the ram is first transferred to the hard disk and remains active untill turned off.

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The disk-drive has malfunctioned.

Search online for a professional "data recovery service".
For a significant fee, they can repair your disk-drive,
just long-enough to copy your files to a new disk-drive.

If it still has a valid WARRANTY, exercise the warranty to get it repaired/replaced.

If the warranty has expired, then open the case, remove the disk-drive, buy a new "compatible" disk-drive, connect it, and thus "revive" your external storage device.

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It sounds almost like 2 things are happening,

1. The drive itself it going out or the board inside that is connected to the drive is bad.

2. or the drive is not getting enough power through the USB ports (or too much maybe?)

I have only encountered the beeping issue on my free agent 160GB when it was not getting enough power to spin up the platters.

If you still have warranty on it. I would HIGHLY recommend you call western digital about it.

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