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Smartdisk Firelite 80GB-Stopped Working

My Smartdisk Firelite 80GB stopped working today. I've had it for about 3 years and no problems. It worked this morning around 12:30am and around 9:30am, I plugged it into another comp and nothing. No light-just the sound of the drives spinning. I've changed the cable and tried power, but no light. Is there anything I can do. I need all the files asap. Please help.

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  • angela74 Jan 18, 2008

    My data was not lost. The connection was loose. When it was taken apart, it worked fine. I was able to put it in a new enclosure (and back it up to another hard drive).

  • CiD0 Jun 01, 2008

    Exactly the same problem... (almost 3 years old)

  • Anonymous Jul 19, 2008

    My FireLite was working swell yesterday. Today, it does not register as a hard drive. I have tried both USB connection and external (AC) connection. The blue light symbol on the FireLite drive is flashing, the the only thing I can find on the computer are shortcuts to the FireLite.

    I have checked all connections and wires, unplugged and plugged everything, changed the USB port I used, searched the entire computer in case it got accidentally moved somewhere.

  • megs1383 Feb 19, 2009

    I know i am a year late to this thread, but does anyone know what Angela74 did to fix this?? ...Take the drive in to be fixed somewhere, or did you fix it on your own???

    My 80 gig drive is doing the same thing - i hear the drive spinning but no light (and doesnt show up on desktop or disk utility). i tried swapping cords & it still no light. I really need to get my data off this drive!!



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I had the same problem with my firelite usbflb80-c, and carefully took the case off, 4 screws (one screw under the void if broken warranty sticker) my drive had somehow wiggled it's way out if the connection pins. Figures, with 5 yrs of use, all the traveling and occasional dropping. So I carefully pushed the drive back in place until I couldn't see connection pins any more. I plugged it into my computer before I closed it back up. THANKFULLY an easy fix, but I double checked for breaks or cracks before I closed it up. :o) YAY, I thought I had lost all my files!

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Angel, how did u take apart?

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This is a long shot , but i would look and see if you bent the small pins in the female plug on the drive.

good luck

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