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Simpletech 500 GB drive won't work

I have a 500 GB not a 250. I plug it in, connect the USB, turn it on, the blue lights flash for a second and the drive whirs a bit and then I get a blinking red light it blinks 9 times and then nothing. The drive had been crashing, I couldn't copy files from it and it wasn't recognizing all files, I started to recover files from it with R-Studio but the files stopped being recoverable. Any way to bring this back to life? I have tried on two computers and different usb ports so I don't think it is the USB ports.

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  • natec83 Dec 09, 2007

    I have the same exact problem. The drive will not be recognized by the computer and the red light follows afterwards. Thinking about calling cust service during business hours. I dont believe its the usb ports either.

  • donbrewer44 Dec 09, 2007

    one computer has xp media center edition and the other is vista home premium

  • natec83 Dec 13, 2007

    I am running vista basic.. I still haven't contacted cust service regarding this. Any solutions??

  • Bordeaux Dec 16, 2007

    Ditto - 500GB SimpleDrive USB 2.0, had roughly 3 months, was moving files when it locked up, repowered, now receive red light blinking 9 times and then nothing - not recognized on home pc or laptop. I had read elsewhere that SimpleTech does not aid in data recovery.

  • genegayle Dec 19, 2007

    i have the 250 and everything was just fine until this morning. i can hear the unit trying to fireup but it seems like it just can not get over the hump. when i first turn on the unit the blue ring lights up and then a little red light on rear quadrant of the blue ring blinks several times and quits. the unit continues to try and start but to no avail. is it dead? (hope not) is there anything i can do to recover my data if it is dead, or is there a simple fix to this problem?

  • Bugeater Dec 20, 2007

    Have the 320gb version and just encountered the same problem! Drive is only 3 mos. old and has hardly been used. Will post if a solution is found.

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    Same Exact problem, It worked a few times, but now nothing. I'm really Pissed. The name "SimpleTech" is synonomous to trash in my eyes.

  • Anonymous Jan 01, 2008

    Nearly the same problem. Nearly new, just out of the box. I turned it on and while it was running, the usb cord was jerked out. I start it up and all that happens is I hear it try to start up, and the blue light flashes. My email is justin.bone@us.army.mil if you have any solutions. Help would be greatly appreciated.

  • azstudent Jan 03, 2008

    called the SimpleTech support for the same problem as everyone else here. they told me the blinking red light means that the drive is corrupted and needed to be replaced. After a month of use! So, everyone w/ this problem needs to go to their website and get an "RMA" number to return the unit if still under warranty. And, they don't help w/ data retrieval...Funny, i actually got the hard drive as backup so i didn't need to worry about data retrieval. Hmm..... a $150 paperweight??????

  • jmcelve2 Jan 11, 2009

    My son does studio recording.EVERYTHING HE'S RECORDED OVER THE 3 YRS IS ON THIS DRIVE!!!!!IT HAS CRASHED!!

    He really needs to recover this data!!!!!!
    Can anyone help us,is it retrieveable!!!!!!
    Email is johnnie.mcelveen@yahoo.com

  • sarasordi Mar 01, 2009

    i have the same thing

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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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I had a problem with a Simpletech drive that kept overheating. Solution so far: I removed the whole drive from the casing. First, you remove the four screws on the bottom. (two are under a silver warranty sticker. DO NOT DO THIS IF DRIVE IS STILL UNDER WARRANTY, my drive's warranty had expired. Then you remove the connector to the flashing blue light on the cover. Finally, you disconnect the on/off switch from the drive, remove it from casing and reconnect. You end up with just the drive, and the USB port card which connects directly to the drive and to power. Drive looks ugly, and you don't have the silly flashing blue light, but it has been working for at least 10 hours, while it used to stop after about three. I still wouldn't trust it with vital info, but it will work fine to move files around. Hope this helps some of you.Johnserr

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check if the drive is there
if not look at disk 1
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Posted on Oct 16, 2008

The hitachi drives are overheating. Pull the drive out of the POS Simpletech case and it can be re-formatted and used in a case with proper ventilation. I used Ontrack data recovery once the drive was installed in my pc, but before re-formatting. At 1TB, it took a long time to recover, (45 hours!) but I didn't lose anything.

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Same problem w/ my 500 GB drive. I am running Windows XP Media Center. Any ideas?

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What version of window you are using?are you using windows xp(professional eddition)?plz answer me

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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.

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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.

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