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Re: simple tech 320gb HD
Does you drive make any sounds like these?
If yes you have a mechanical problem and you should get a specialist to work on it if you need that data.
If not - try to remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it directly to the computer to recover your files.
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I would assume the dvd player encrypted the drive so you could not copy the movies from your dvd player to your computer, so you could not burn them to prevent piracy. If you wanted to use the hard drive in your computer you will need to format the drive.
Try connecting the drive to a different computer, to see if your computer is the problem.
If necessary, open the external case, and separate the disk-drive from the USB-to-disk-drive adapter.
Connect the disk-drive as a "slave" disk-drive in some computer, to see if the disk-drive itself still can be accessed.
If not, and you have "important" data on the disk-drive, search the Internet for a professional "Data Recovery Service" -- you ship your disk-drive to them, pay them a lot of money, and they repair the disk-drive, just long-enough to copy your files to a brand-new disk-drive.
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.
If your External HD is not regerstering it might have errors in it, I had this problem with my Simple Tech 500gb pininfarina and heres the steps that finnaly after days of trying to figure out it worked:
(Before starting make sure to disable your screen saver) 1.Restart the computer without the device plugged in to start fresh 2.Wait till it loads up and NO OTHER PROGRAM IS RUNNING 3.Plug the usb into the device then the computer usb port 4.Plug in the power to the device and wait till all the lights are cycling if they do 5.Now open the command prompt 6.Type in “Chkdsk /f N:” or whatever letter your device is in and let it run if its not moving don’t do anything till it is complete.
Mine was fixed after letting it do it for about an hour of just sitting there it had a lot of errors in the HD
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.