Question about SimpleTech 250GB USB2.0 7200 RPM External 250 GB IDE Hard Drive
Hi I am reposting because the problem isn't solved. Someone posted a 'solution' but it was really a question, and I rated it, which I didn't know took it off the 'unsolved' list - so am reposting my problem which one other user also said they had.
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. One computer is XP Media Edition and the other is Vista Home Professional.
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
I thought that I lost all of my documents after reading these posts. I saw someone's post about something being disconnected inside. Didn't want to open it and not return it.
I tipped it on its back and shook it a little and my computer automatically recognized it.. no driver issues... worked perfect!
Now I am going to restore my docs and return it. Hope that helps someone! Thanks for posting - I would never have figured it out!
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
Heat. The problem is simply heat. This thing gets too hot.
Take out the 4 screws underneath and take the plastic top off. Two screws in the back and two screws in the front under the foil. This voids your warranty. The cover is a little stubborn, but take it off first from the back and then a good firm tug to get it off the front.
Make sure it has been off and disconnected from your PC before you do this. Re-connect and viola!
Save the pplastic top to keep dust off when it is not being used.
Considering this has worked for me ever since a year ago I'd say this is the solution. If taking the cover off is unacceptable to you, I'd consider getting a laptop type fan to place this thing on and see if it does the job.
The slick paninfarina cover with its cool light just doesn't allow enough air to circulate around this thing and it just gets too hot.
Mine is the Simple Tech 500 GB external HD model.
Again, this voids your warranty, but the warranty is only good for a year anyway and a replacement will only do the exact same thing.
Posted on Nov 14, 2008
I am also having this problem with my SimpleTech 320 GB drive. The explanation from the techs was that the 320 GB drive required more power than two USB ports could give it, and so I need to get an external power adapter. What a design flaw - to make a drive so big that you can't even use it.
Posted on Oct 15, 2008
Posted on Oct 12, 2008
U GOTTA PUT IT IN A FRANGA AND SHOVE IT UP YO *** CHILDREN
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
I have a 1tb simpletech and none of my cpus recognize it guess im going to take another 1 back this is my second
Posted on Jul 08, 2008
I just bought the 1TB model same issue. Sees the drive but you can't drag copy to it. You can save to it but not drag. You get a message saying not enough space. The techs at simpletech try to send you to apple and claim they have it there and works just fine.
Take the drive back quick!
Posted on Jun 18, 2008
Simpletech 500 GB - Yep - same problem. Mine worked great for about 3 weeks before it died on me - a 300% improvement over the other fellow who's drive only worked for 1 week. Still, not a very practical time frame for long-term storage!!!
I'll try to give them a call and see if they have an official explanation - only for sheer amusement value of course. I think we've just been duped out of 100 bucks.
Posted on Feb 02, 2008
Thanks Mr donbrewer44 it will works fine, when i pluged it at back of my system..
thanku very much for ur postings
Posted on Jan 26, 2008
Take it to another computer, possibly a laptop. My laptop seems to see it right away and it works fine. I don't know why, but I'll not be suckered into buying another one. My Acomdata has not given me one bit of probelm.
I have threel of the SImpletech, and most of the time, they blink a blue & stop. The front USB port does NOT provide enough power on my Desktop. Format stops at 48% repeatedly. My little 160 Simpletech wont even power up using a front USB port, it has to go into the back one to even get recognized. Its 'double' USB cable does not even work (it's supposed to provide enough power. Boo). Hope it works for you. They'll get the msg back at HQ only when sales go down. Until then...why should they even care?
Posted on Dec 29, 2007
Get a USB cord with an extra power plug. Plug them both into two separate USB ports and it will come right up.
Posted on Mar 11, 2009
I'm having the same problem. I have a 250 GB and it won't power up. It worked for about a month. I have very important files saved on their, if I can't recover them it will be a complete disaster for me.
What can I do?
Posted on Apr 22, 2008
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