Question about SimpleTech 250GB USB2.0 7200 RPM External 250 GB IDE Hard Drive
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.
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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Posted on Nov 12, 2009
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
Posted on Jan 27, 2010
Go to control panel
then go to administrative tools
then go to computer management
then go to disk management
check if the drive is there
if not look at disk 1
if the drive is there click new partition
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.
Posted on Sep 23, 2008
Same problem w/ my 500 GB drive. I am running Windows XP Media Center. Any ideas?
Posted on Dec 24, 2007
What version of window you are using?are you using windows xp(professional eddition)?plz answer me
Posted on Dec 09, 2007
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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.
Posted on Apr 22, 2008
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