I have a SImple Tech/Simple Drive(150GB) and as of 2 days ago when I plugged it in,and turned it on the blue light that once would blink and then turn off- stays on and then a message that reads something to the effect that the disk can't be read and I can either initialize/ignore/eject. So far I have not initialized because I am hoping I can rescue the data. The model # is 96300-40001-001 thanks for ANY assistance.
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Re: I have a SImple Tech/Simple Drive(150GB) FAILURE-
There are many reasons why a drive may fail, if the data on it is very important you should not try to fix it yourself, but rather take the drive to a reputable data recovery service, you can search on the net for one near you. If the data is not so important and you want to try to fix it yourself, you can download a data recovery program such as Zar from www.z-a-recovery.com These programs will normally try to fix the problem and if any data can be recovered, they will let you know. You will then need to buy the program to actually recover the data
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This generally means you have a hardware failure in the drive or enclosure. The simplest way to test which is to have a hardware tech move the drive into a new enclosure and see if it works.
This will void your warranty if you do it, so, if the drive is under warranty and there are no files you consider valuable on the drive, call the manufacturer for warranty support.
If you value the data more than the drive is worth then take it to your local hardware vendor and ask them to test the hard drive in a new enclosure. Good odds it will work this way but if not you may need the help of a data recovery specialist.
In North America I use Armor-IT, if you are in a different region and the new enclosure fails to garner results, comment back with your region(Country, State, City) and I will supply you with the closest reputable facility.
I have that problem similiar to yours. My simple tech stopped working for like two years so i decided to open up my simple tech and removed my HD away from the old enclosure so I can try building my own external hard drive for the first time. I bought another new 3.5 enclosure, IDE/ATA for the old HD. I put it in the new enclosure and it worked!
It's the only solution you can have. No need to retrieve data or re-format your HD. You can leave it the way you like...if you wanna reformat it...up to you.
I posted last year when I had this problem (Sept. '08 I think) and I just received an e-mail because when you guys posted today I got an e-mail that the topic updated. After my initail post I solved my problem, but I forgot to come back and post the solution, so here is what happened with mine...
This drive has a manufacturers default. If you don't use it for a while...if you detach it frequently...and/or when you reach a certain amount of space used it requires a certain power source to be used. There is no warning, and this is not stated anywhere, however I did contact the company directly. This problem occurs when the drive is not plugged into the main USB Port in the back/side of your machine. You cannot use a hub or external USB source for power. When you reach any one (or all) of the three points that trigger the drive to stop working the only thing that will enable the device to work properly again is for it to always be plugged into a main port. They are the only ports that have enough power to support the drive. This goes for laptops as well. When using a laptop, you cannot plug the drive into a mini hub, laptop riser, cooling fan, etc., it has to be one of the main ports or there will not be enough power to run the drive.
If your drive has already stopped working, all that is needed to enable it again is to properly shut down and disconnect it and your computer. Then reconnect and power up just like you would initialize it if it were new. As long as it is plugged into a main port you should have no problems. All your data should be fine and you should have no more problems.
Personally, I have had smooth sailing ever since we determined that this was the problem. I hope this helps some of you. Good Luck!!!