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External HDD won't start up

External hard drive won't start, makes clicking sound at startup and then dies down, the actual HDD seems fine, it seems like a problem with the HDD motor or power supply.

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  • pulsifer Jul 16, 2008

    same issue here with Acomdata 500 GB external drive... after connecting and power up, drive spin ramps up, followed by several clicking sounds... it stops, then repeats once more before ramping down and going silent. Drive (formatted FAT32) fails to mount on Mac or WinXP.

  • zoat Apr 21, 2009

    I have the same problem described. Turns on for a second or two then dies out. The light never turns on. I am sure the hd is fine. What happened to the hd in the prior problem?



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Putt the actual hdd in master and the 1 ur having problem with in slave mode boot windows go 2 controle panel administartive tools and device manager or manegment somthink like that and in the diagnostik box take the last option frome the second 1.u must see ur seond hdd that u put on slave..format it...after that putt it alone and boot frome windows xp and install ur windows this will work

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