Question about Fantom Drives 120 GB Hard Drive
I had this EXACT same problem. Blinking blue light and the hard drive never powers on. VERY frustrating...I have a home studio was in danger of losing over a year's worth of original music. However, this problem has a solution which I read about on this site:
"The problem was with the power source not the actual drive so I ended up pulling the drive out of the case and purchasing a new case from Newegg.com. It now works fine and only cost about $30 to fix."
This is EXCELLENT advice and FixYa is the only place I read about this solution. Though I'm no newbie with computers, I certainly had never swapped out an external hard drive. But, in 30 minutes for about $30, this problem is TOTALLY SOLVABLE. I went to newegg.com and ordered this product:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817106095
an external Azio hard drive enclosure. Because I always used Firewire hard drives, I got an enclosure that accepted Firewire---however, many others are available with just USB 2.0. Following the directions that came with the enclosure, I removed my blue-light blinking, non-functional hard drive from its enclosure and placed it into the Azio. Now, the unit is working fine. No datawas lost and the Azio drive seems to be working properly.
THIS IS A FANTOM HARDWARE PROBLEM---NOT SOFTWARE PROBLEM! I encourage the MANY people who have complained about Fantom drives and gotten no assistance to try this solution and avoid Fantom in the future.
To whoever posted this solution: thanks a million. You made my day.
Posted on Apr 06, 2008
I took the advice and replaced the case with an external Azio hard drive case (the one linked by EdieS) and it worked right away. So incredibly easy to install, too. Turned a 5lb paperweight back into 150GB of storage space! Thanks a bunch for all the helpful information.
Posted on Apr 13, 2008
I just ran into this problem, and glad to find the solution here.
I was very frustrated because this hard drive has about 6 years of my family photos, and I needed some baby photos for my son's school project.
I will try this solution as suggested here, and I hope it will work.
Posted on Oct 01, 2008
Having the same issue, but with the 200GB version. At first it would blink red/blue for a minute or so and then kick on, but every day it went longer and longer. Now it's been blinking for 4 hours with no recognition. Guess I waited one day too long to back up the files on it.
Posted on Mar 20, 2008
Same thing for me. Some times it would catch and spin but now....it wont at all. POS!!!
Posted on Jan 08, 2008
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