Question about SimpleTech 160GB USB 2.0 / FireWire External Open Box (STIU2F36160OBB1) Hard Drive

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My simpldrive deluxe external harddrive 160gb doen't power on any more...

I used the harddrive with a pc, a view months later I bought a mac. so I wanted to back up my mac on the harddrive, but to do that I had first do format the harddrive for the macsystem, I never got that far, because now the harddrive doesen't power on and doesen't even show any lights. what can I do

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  • Zulenzo Apr 02, 2008

    I too have a problem with my simpletech 160 GB external storage. I purchased it a few months ago to transfer data from my old Toshiba laptop to my new Macbook. It worked very well. I left data on the storage device because I did not want to bog down my Macbook. I called Simpletech and they said it was a bad cable so they sent me one. It did not fix the problem, I called them back and they said that I needed to go and buy an adaptor for more power and supplied me with the spec so i would make sure I got the proper adaptor. This too did not work so I called them back and they said it had a 3 year warranty and to return it and they would replace it. However there is data on it I cannot retrieve, is there a way to get this data without going to an expensive recovery place? Is there a trick I can do myself? By the way Simpletech did say that the warranty is still good even if the labels are torn or removed. What I needed to do was put a note in the package and state that the labels were torn for Data recovery



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Is it a 3.5" or 2.5" drive?

If its a 3.5" the first thing I'd check is the fuse in the plug for the power supply (if you're in the UK)?

If changing the fuse doesn't work it could be a problem with the power pack within the external HDD. Is it under warranty? You my be able to get it repaired or a new one (Don't forget, if you open up the fasia of the hard drive you will void the warranty). I assume you're not worried about data on the drive as you are happy to format it. If you are worried about data and it isn't under warranty/garantee I can tell you how to get the data off if you need me to?

Hope this helps.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007


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