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Bad Drive? Acomdata Firewire/USB 160GB hard Drive - formatted for a mac.  Solid red  light - wont turn blue, wont show up on desktop, doesnt show up in disk utility. I have all my clients files ont his drive, please help! Michele

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Re: Bad Drive?

1st 2 go in this drive u must be working on a mac cos if u plugit on other the sysytem will ask u 4 formt and u dont need try 2 use linux live cds or other live cds 2 recover ur disk but try 2 boot frome a hard drive 1st...

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I recently tried to access data from my Acomdata HD500 UF only to find that my Mac no longer detected it. The blue light comes on, but no fan sounds. Is it dead? Can I recover my old family photos,...

the hard drive may be dead.

stores like best buy offer services of data retrieval, although success is not 100% guaranteed, and these services generally are not cheap.

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Hello, I'm only getting a red power light on this drive, it does not turn to blue which signifies a true connection. Please let me know what you think. Thanks, Chris

If it still has a valid warranty, exercise the warranty to get a free replacement.

Otherwise, open the enclosure, and separate the disk-drive from the USB-to-disk-drive adapter, and connect the disk-drive as a 'slave' disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if the adapter was the problem.

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Red and blue light alternately blinking. What can i do.

Remove the drive from the enclosure and either install it in your machine as a slave or you will need to buy a new enclosure and put the drive in it.

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Verbatim 160 GB portable hard drive doesnt want to open IbookG4

must be usb, usually if you have other devices using this resource and have not closed them it will not work. close all then add hardware, follow the rest it should work.

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Running mac osx my acomdata external drive lights

This is the solution that worked for me.
Luckily I have another external drive of the exact same model that is working fine.
I used the power supply from the good working model and plugged it into the bad drive. The bad drive booted right up. Evidently the power supply was the issue, not the drive itself.
Even though the bad power supply had enough juice to light up the drive, it was not able to make the drive spin correctly.

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Problems with Hard Drive


Appreciate the direct "Ask Me".

T your concern:
  • initially, pls verify that it is indeed an external storage problem rather than a laptop USB issue by trying other USB devices and determine if they are recognized and working;
  • disassemble the enclosure of the Acomdata external hard drive and remove the actual hard drive;
  • you would need the use of a 2nd PC, a desktop that could accommodate the HD from the Acomdata (IDE or SATA);
  • install the HD from the Acomdata as a Secondary Master or Slave internally to the 2nd PC;
  • boot the 2nd PC and determine if the HD from the Acomdata will be recognized as a local drive;
  • chances are that the partition of the HD from the Acomdata was messed up. This would explain the blinking blue light;
  • download and install a file recovery program. An example is GetDataBack (unfortunately not a freeware but DEMO is available) and do a recovery. It would take some time based on the size of the HD from the Acomdata;
  • temporarily save the recovered data in the 2nd PC. You can burn this likewise into a DVD backup should the 2nd PC be capable of that;
  • after recovery, re-partition and format the HD from the Acomdata while still attached to the 2nd PC;
  • should the re-partition and format be successful, you can transfer back the temporarily saved recovered files;
  • a nice, simple, fast and safe partitioning/formatting software is Partition Magic (unfortunately not a freeware but FREE TRIAL is available).
  • should the re-partition and format be not successful, you can replace only the HD and/or claim warranty.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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Drive not recognized by desktop.

Try checking your power cord adapter.
I found the same problem was with the cord.
Luckily, I had another Acomdata HD cord to check the problem.

Aug 25, 2008 | Acomdata (HD250UE5-72) (HD250UE572) 250 GB...

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Problem 2

The feint ticking noise usually indicates a dead hard drive.
The heads are flicking back and forth at random and make the ticking noise you hear.
The drive can still be detected because the physical hard drive and the controller board on it are in reality 2 seperate components working together. So the controller board is also trying to access the hard drive without luck.

If you have not dropped the unit or knocked it over etc, then chances are the controller board is what has died and therfore you still cannot access the drive. You may get lucky in finding a new controller board to replace a failed one and that will also get your data back.

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