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On the back end of the Harddrive is where it's power cable, and data cable are attached.
Inside the case of the Hitachi also is a small circuit board. (PCB or Printed Circuit Board) The SATA harddrive is connected to this small circuit board.
The small circuit board, or Interface PCB , is attached directly to the Harddrive. Or cables (Wires) are used to connect it to the Harddrive. The Interface PCB is connected to the computer, via the USB cable that is attached to the Interface PCB.
It is this small circuit board that usually goes bad. (Unless the external harddrive was on, and dropped. Then the problem is the Harddrive)
There are two solutions;
One, buy an 3.5 SATA external enclosure, and use the Harddrive as an external harddrive again.
Two, install it as a Slave drive in a desktop computer, and retrieve all your information. Burn to disk/s, or flashdrive/s.
When using a SATA harddrive as a Slave drive, there are NO jumper pins to mess with. DO NOT change any jumpers on the back of a SATA harddrive. (These are for the factory)
This is an example of a 3.5 SATA external enclosure,
I also have an iomega external drive different from yours and has a switch or a button. If you have that switch or button, please try to press it and see if it resets. If not we have two things to consider. 1. Try to use a different USB Cable and test. 2. Open the external harddrive and replace the disk with a spare one or working one. Then test if it connects. a. If it does not connect then the problem is the electronic board of the external harddrive. Buy a Harddrive enclosure so as you could still use and retrieve your valuable data. Or slave the drive on your desktop computer and see if its connect. b. If it connects then you have a faulty harddrive. I hope you have a backup of what you have there.
You could try using another USB port on your computer. Perhaps that USB port you have the IOmega external harddrive plugged into is bad.
More than likely not, though.
The problem is usually inside the IOmega's case. (External enclosure)
Inside that IOmega external harddrive's case is a regular harddrive as used in a desktop, or laptop computer. To explain;
Harddrives are physically rated in width, as well as type, and size. A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. (2 and a half inches) A desktop harddrive is 3.5 inches.
The larger desktop harddrives are usually used in external harddrives that are 500GB, and larger. (Not always the case when it comes to the 500GB size)
Harddrives have two technologies, or types. IDE (PATA) or SATA.
You didn't state the Model Number so I can't even hazard a guess at this point.
The harddrive inside the case plugs into an Interface. The Interface may be separate, and connected via a cable to a small circuit board, or the Interface may be soldered directly to the small circuit board.
It is this Interface, and circuit board which go bad. The solution is to remove the harddrive inside, purchase an inexpensive external enclosure, and install the harddrive into it.
The external enclosure has a USB cable just like the IOmega external harddrive did.
As stated the harddrive inside is just a normal harddrive. Made by a harddrive manufacturer. Could be a Western Digital, or Seagate, or Hitachi, or Maxtor, or Fujitsu, or IBM, just to name a few. (Seagate bought out Maxtor)
On the harddrive will be a decal with it's specifications. You will also be able to physically measure the width.
This external hookup will support harddrives that are 2.5, or 3.5 inches in width, (And 5.25), plus will support both IDE (PATA) or SATA harddrives,
if your computer came with a motherboard disc the drivers could be on it click start control panel administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x right click to reinstall drivers or if you can see your usb but its not working ports(com&lpt)right click update driver just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable, check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problemshope this helps
The Interface will have connections for Data, (Information), and Power. (Socket holes that match the pins on the SATA harddrive)
In the link above the data, and power connections for the Iomega external harddrive, will probably be a combined unit. As shown in the 8th illustration down, in the above link.
The Interface can be soldered directly to a circuit board, (PCB, or Printed Circuit Board), or will be attached to the circuit board through wires.
Usually it is the circuit board that is the problem. Components burn out, or circuit traces on the circuit board are burned apart. (Think of a circuit trace as being a very flat, thin copper wire)
There may be a situation where the harddrive itself has come loose from the Interface. Doesn't have to be very loose to make a bad connection, resulting in the external harddrive will not work.
My proposed solution:
Open the external harddrive's external enclosure, (Case), and see if you can see any readily apparent visual signs as stated above.
No visual signs that show you that you can just plug the Interface onto the harddrive, making a tight connection? Or plug the harddrive into the Interface, if the Interface is soldered to the circuit board? Or no obvious signs of blackened spots on the circuit traces?
It could be that one, or more I.C.'s are bad, and are not readily visible. (I.C. = Integrated Circuit)
Weigh buying a used Iomega Prestige 500GB USB 2.0 harddrive, and use it's circuit board, and external enclosure, against what a professional recovery service will want to recover your data. Not trying to be trite. Am asking you to weigh the costs.
One place that came up in a search just now, that is supposed to have used Iomega Prestige 500GB USB 2.0 external harddrives,
May be Philips head screws, but I'm betting on Torx. (Probably metric Torx also) You should be able to find a cheap set of Torx screwdrivers at an auto parts store. Perhaps just the bits to use in a 1/4 inch nutdriver.
Once the screws are removed the internal parts slide out of one end, or the case comes apart in two halves, and the ends come off. (Internal parts being the harddrive, and circuit board)
Not a very professional,approach, just for an added source of opening an external harddrive's case,
The problem that has been inherent with all LaCie external harddrives, is the interface in the case itself.
Interface: All external harddrives have a Style of harddrive that is used in a laptop, or one that is used in a desktop computer. Laptop harddrives are 2-1/2 inches across in width. Desktops are 3-1/2 inches across. Your LaCie will have a 3.5, (3-1/2) inch desktop style harddrive, inside the case.
There are two main Types of harddrives. IDE and SATA. (There is also a newcomer. SSD. SSD isn't being used in LaCie external harddrives at the moment, to my knowledge)
Your LaCie will use a SATA harddrive inside it. This is an example of an average SATA harddrive, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hdd.jpg The photo of this harddrive is tilted at an angle, that doesn't readily show the interface connection, but it helps to explain.
At the bottom of this harddrive in the photo, and to the left, is the interface area.
Viewing the harddrive, look at the four metal pins on the extreme right of the harddrive. To the left of these pins is the Jumper pin area. (Has a white jumper on two of those pins)
To the left of the Jumper area is an opening, and to the left of that, is a long slot. The first small slot area is for the 7-pin Interface cable. (Data cable) The next slot to the left, is for the 15-pin power cable.
This 7-pin Interface mates up to socket holes in a connector, of the case of the LaCie external harddrive.
It is this interface connector, inside the LaCie external harddrive case, that is the problem. Solution? Buy a quality, in-expensive External Enclosure, take the harddrive out of the LaCie, and install it in this enclosure.
Examples of 3.5 Sata External Enclosures, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2780&name=3.5-eSATA-enclosure&Nav=|c:2778|&Sort=0&Recs=10 (From $15 to $35, is a good range for a decent external enclosure)
There have been problems plaguing the LaCie external harddrives, for quite some time now.
The issue directly relates to the interface, inside the external enclosure. I don't know if you are acquainted with harddrive designs, or the interface that they plug into. If you are, disregard the following.
This is an average example of an IDE harddrive, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hard_drive-en.svg Looking at this illustration, note where it points to -> IDE Connector. The illustration isn't very good, but those dots are metal pins. The connection inside your external harddrive, that connects to the harddrive itself, is called an Interface. This is a plug that has socket holes, to match those metal pins.
Now we go a little deeper. There are two types of harddrives. One is an IDE harddrive, the other type is a SATA harddrive. Your LaCie will have a SATA harddrive inside. Instead of the 40 pins that an IDE harddrive has, the interface for a SATA harddrive has 7. (It has 15 pins for the power connection)
Now my solution: Should you wish to save data that is on your LaCie external harddrive right now, I suggest you buy an external enclosure, (SATA), take out the hardrdive thats in your LaCie, and install it in the enclosure.
Since, the dimensions of the, LaCie design by Porsche 160GB external harddrive are: Height -> 1.4 inches, (About 1-1/2 inches) Width -> 4.4 inches, (About 4-1/2 inches) Length -> 7.4 inches, (About 7-1/2 inches), I'm willing to bet the harddrive inside is a desktop harddrive size. (3.5 inches across in width) http://www.lacie.com/download/datasheet/porsche_hd_en.pdf
These are examples of 3.5 inch SATA external enclosures, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2780&name=3.5-eSATA-enclosure&Nav=|c:2778|&Sort=0&Recs=10 (A $25 or $35 unit will work just fine)
the ps2 doesnt have a storage harddrive inside it hence why you have to use a memory card to save games.
you cant download music onto the ps2 without the aid of a harddrive, and that involves modding your ps2, its firmware and voiding its warrenty.