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I backed up the files on my old computer to my simple drive 320GB and when I went to put the files on my new computer (both windows 7) My new computer would show the devise. I then tried to connect in

I have tried updating the drivers, using different USB ports using differing power outlets.

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Try the drive in a different PC. Perhaps you could have removed the drive from your old PC before it had finished copying? I think the problem may lay there. You should SAFELY REMOVE the usb.

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Does win7 make a plugin noise when you put it in a USB port?

In that case, go to control panel, open disk administrator and see if the disk is recognized by the OS, it may just be a case of assigning the right drive letter.

Posted on Dec 06, 2014

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go into the control panel and click add/remove hardware... and manually add the device and then use the auto update to download the drivers

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SOURCE: Simpletech 500 GB drive won't work (repost because not solved)

I had a similar problem with a SimpleTech 250g Pininfarina USB drive.
I went through the drivers, the power supply, the USB cables, and the various
computers, USB cards and Operating systems.
Finally I opened the case and found the disk drive was mounted too far
forward, causing the IDE connector to barely touch. I loosened the mount screws,
slid the drive back towards the connector, tightened everything down and it works.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

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SOURCE: SimpleTech 250GB External Hard Drive Installation problem

I bought the Simpletech Signature Mini 250GB last week and had these same issues. I wrote to the company's tech support and the solutions works. It boils down to you having to create a drive letter & partition for this. It took a little time to format, but it's all good now. I agree we shouldn't have such a headache for such a simple piece of hardware, though. I will cut/paste the info below. Once it was done, I was able to go to My Computer and see it listed as Drive H (which was what I selected).

PROBLEM: I have followed directions re: plugging device in, still cannot see device in MY COMPUTER. I have also tried plugging both USB's into computer to no avail. Even tried using it on my laptop, still not showing. My desktop is XP & loaptop is Vista. When I go to remove the dirve, it DOES show as Fujitsu, but I cannot acces the drive or locate it elsewhere. I really want to like this, but will have to return it if this issue is not resolvable.

SOLUTION: You might need to initialize the drive.

Right click on “My Computer” or “Computer” on Vista.
Select “Manage”
On the next screen select “Disk Management”
In the lower middle section you should be able to find your drive.
It will show up as Disk 1 or Disk 2….depending on how many drives you have in your computer.
If you click on the area that says Disk # you should get and option to “initialize drive”.
Also to the right it should show the allocation information for the drive. If it says “unallocated” then the drive needs to be partitioned.
Right click on the white box next to the drive listing.
Select the option “New Partition”
This will bring up the partition wizard and you will need to step through this process.
Select a primary partition.
On the next screen accept the maximum size it will provide.
On the next screen you assign a drive letter.
On the next screen you will do the format and accept the default settings.
The formatting will start and will be busy until it is complete.
You can monitor this from the disk management window.


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Hope it helps!

Posted on Jun 05, 2008

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SOURCE: simpletech 500 GB drive won't work

Open your Simpletech by removing two screws from the back --> you need to remove the label in the back, and pull the I/O card up towards you. The I/O card comes off easily.You need to buy a BYTECC USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA ADAPTER Kit ( you can buy this adapter on line, It ranges from $16 to over $30). Now connect the USB port from the adapter kit to your USB port, and plug in the Adapter kit to a 115 volt power outlet. If the hard drive is not shot, that is, you feel it spinning, you should be able to see the drive, and copy the data from your SimplechTecj drive to your PC.
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SOURCE: My SimpleTech Signature Mini 250GB portable drive

check for virus or
2 scandisk or
3 copy the files then format the disk again

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