My brother sent me a working HP Pavilion 523n tower minus its hard drive. When I installed my Maxtor 541DX drive, the pc won't boot at all. Can't even get into CMOS/BIOS....the monitor just stares at me blankly as though there's simply no signal input whatsoever. But the computer powers on, just no other apparent signs of life. This is a working drive installed in a working computer....what might be the problem? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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could be several issues to cause this fault, make sure your usb port is usb 2.0, replace the usb cable, take the unit apart and look for loose conections, try the drive in another caddy, or try another drive in the maxtor caddy. You will probably be able to remove the drive from the caddy and connect it into your computer if you have a tower and the correct connections.
Use a partition manager to see if the drive is recognized. If it is not recognized, you may not have the jumper setting correct. If it is a master drive, set the jumper for master drive. same for slave or cable select
Like many others, I had problems with the drive and tried some obvious
solutions like swapping the old USB cable with a new one, trying
different computers with XP, Vista, etc. and nothing worked. One
solution I found was to open the HD case and swap the drive into a
spare bay on your PC tower. I didn't want to go there since the case is
very hard to open and I didn't want the hassle. So, the solution I
tried was to replace the power supply. I saw this solution a few times
in some forums so I figured to give it a try. I Googled the exact specs
and found a comparable power supply at 12V Adapters (Aurora CO). It is
not a Maxtor supply but I figured as long as the output was correct it
may work. Just got the adapter today, plugged in the HD, and YES, IT
POWERS UP and the XP at my work recognizes the drive! Now I have all my
files available and accessible. Good luck to all, I hope this works for
you. By the way, one lesson learned: BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP! Drives
are so cheap now there is no reason not to (except for being lazy)!
if you are using it as a slave hard drive, you should be able to right click my computer, manage, then in next window double click storage, then disk management, then look for your drive, you can then look to see if its recognised, if not it will tell you that its not configured, and you should be able to right click on it and format it.