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Re: reset default manufacture does not work either.
There are a lot of reasons you might want to test your hard drive for problems. One of the major reasons to perform a test would be if your hard drive is making strange noises. This can often be a sign of a failing drive, something a test can point out.
Some other reasons to test your hard drive would be if a
defragmentation program directed you to do so or if normal
troubleshooting steps for certain problems (like error messages in
Windows) are of no help. Often times the last step is to diagnose a
possible hard drive issue.
est your hard drive using some of the hard drive testing software tools listed below.
Test Your Hard Drive Using Free Diagnostic Tools
Some of the best hard drive testing software programs are free! See my List of the Best Free Hard Drive Testing Tools for several that I recommend.
If you're a user of Windows XP or Windows Vista, Microsoft includes a program called Error Checking
which can perform some very basic tests and can even attempt to correct
errors as it finds them. Most other free hard drive testing programs
are supported by the hard drive manufacturers themselves and are much
more powerful. Seagate, Hitachi, and Western Digital all make very
popular testing programs. If the free programs aren't feature rich enough for you, there are a
number of companies that create even more powerful testing and
correcting tools. Here are a few of my favorite third party hard drive tools.
They might seem a little pricey but depending on the value of the data
on your dead or dying hard drive, it may be worth it to take a shot.
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If it says there is no hard drive detected, then the BIOS is looking for one. When you place your system disk in the drive to load on a fresh system, if you are using Windows, it will automatically detect the pressence of a hard drive, initialize it and format it. If it doesn't, put the hard drive in a USB caddy and initialize it from another pc, then place it back in the notebook. Hope that helps.
Some USB deviceswill not function properly after a "computer format." Transcend flash drives, for example, have a downloadable formatting program from the manufacturer's website to properly reconfigure the drive.
I don't know the specific model, but perhaps http://www.kingston.com/support/USBFLASHDRIVES/default.asp would be of assistance.
the overwrite data function is supposed to take about 35 hours but the ones that i have done took about 20 hours and ounce the process is started you should never interupt it this function overwrites all the data on the hard drive HD-504 you could try formatting the hard drive first then overwrite again
1touch the utility/counter button then details
2 press stop,0,0,stop,01
3 enter 00000000 touch end
4 touch tech rep mode
5 touch function
6 touch hard disk format
7 touch yes
8 touch enter when the message the hard disk format completed.result:ng appears touch ok
9 touch hard disk format
10 touch yes
11 touch enter this starts the formatting procedure
12 when the message "the hard disk format completed. result:OK appears touch OK
13 press the reset key
14 touch exit on the tech rep screen
if the format fails replace the hard drive the format process takes about 30 minutes if you need further instructions on how to replace the hard drive post it
- Make sure that the hard drive (HD) is properly connected to the computer.
- Try connecting it to a different computer to make sure that the HD is the problem.
- Check the Disk Management in your computer to see if the HD could still be detected. Once detected, reformat the HD and it should work again.
To check the Disk Management:
NOTE: Make sure that the external HD is connected and turned ON.
1. Right-click "My Computer" (XP) or "Computer" icon (Vista) 2. Select Manage and click on "Disk Management". 3. From the Disk Management, you will see a drive letters 4. Write down all the drive letters and then disconnect the Maxtor HD from the computer. 5. If there's a drive letter that disappears, then that is your Maxtor HD. 6. Reconnect the Maxtor HD and reformat it. You may right-click the drive letter and there's an option to format the HD.
If you're hearing a clicking sound while the HD is turned on, mostly, it's already defective.
Is this working before with this Mac Tiger? Or is this the first time you're connecting this HD to your computer?
If first time, there's a possibility that the HD has different file format. It should be formatted as Mac OSX (Journaled) in order for the Mac to recognize it.
If this is working before with this computer, check the status of the HD. Most HDs that could only be detected under the Disk Utility needs a reformat.
IMPORTANT: Formatting the HD would erase all the files inside of it. You may need to bring your HD to the nearest Data Recovery Center to retrieve the files inside and then you may now reformat the HD.
Based on your post/description:
1. Tried on 3 different computers - no go, so it's not a PC problem;
2. Tried replacing the cable - no go, so it's not an interface problem;
3. That leaves you only with the Firelite itself.
An external hardrive would consist of 2 main parts, the electronic board and the hard disk itself. The board seldom (if ever) fails. Its function is to provide conversion/interface from the SATA/IDE connectors of the HD to the out USB/Firewire. The HD more often than not fails. Most external storage uses a standard HD inside the enclosure.
Your possible options:
a. Claim warranty/replacement;
b. Replace the HD only;
c. Physically remove the HD and connect it direct to a desktop either as IDE or SATA and run manufacturer's diagnostic and/or third party recovery software;
d. Seek services of professional data recovery firms (if data/files are mission critical);
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back should you need further information.
Good luck and kind regards.