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My I/O Magic 320GB GIGABANK Drive has stopped working. One day I took the power cord out so I could setup my cables again and then when I plugged it in it would not turn on. I then bought a new power cord and it's on now..but now the drive isnt recongnized or anything... HELP! P.S How do I take the enclosure apart so I can put this inside my PC?

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We are seeing alot of posts reporting problems with these USB connected portable drives. Maybe this is one of those ideas that sounded good, but results in lots of headaches, lost data. First, try the drive on another machine- see if works there. In Control panel, select Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Disk Management... Does the drive appear there? It is possible the drive needs repartitioned/reformatted (not good for your data). You could take the USB drive case apart, check the interface cabling to the drive, and try it again. If it still doesn't work, try removing the drive and installing it in a desktop computer as a slave drive. I've only had one of these USB connected drive assemblies apart, but that one used a drive with a standard 40 position ribbon cable interface, the same as what is used on pre-SATA desktop systems. If you've gone this far, you could try removing the drive from the case, and installing it in a desktop machine as a slave drive, and seeing if you can get anything off it there. Diagnostic software from the manufacturer could also be run here too. None of this may get your project back however, unfortunately. For those highly important things, a backup is really suggested- and you know why- the hard way.

Posted on Oct 02, 2007

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sounds like bad usb data channels on the drive the far left and far right are powers if im correct the 2 centers are data - and +


(i burned a usb memory stick once with a wrongly wired front usb plug)

Posted on Aug 03, 2008

SOURCE: iomagic gigabank 250 will not show up on pc

Let me add acouple things to Lolita's solution: This worked on a I/O Magic Gigabank 320. If the initialize wizard does not appear. Go to the left side of the window that should have popped up listing all of your drives. Right-click on top of the drive you are adding. There should be a red circle with a minus sign on it. Right-click there and select initialize. Now the initialize wizard should start. The drive gets hot. I'd keep it off and only start it when needed. This may make it last longer and help with power surges as well.

Posted on Sep 24, 2008

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Had the same problem with the 120GM IOMagic. I removed the drive from the case, detached the circuit board leaving just the Hard drive and hooked it up to a cable I bought that allows you to read any hard drive through the USB post. Was able to retrieve all the data on the disk. The problem was the iomagic interface board.

Posted on Feb 08, 2009

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Here are a few solutions.
1. If it was working and it doesn't seem to be any longer. Check to see if your PC supports SATA drives, if so you might be able to have the hard drive removed and install or temp install in the PC itself to get the data off.

2. If it has never been recognized then try this.
Remove the Hard Drive fom the case. Check the drive jumper settings. If they are on Cable Select change them to Drive 1 (slave) it should show proper jumper settings on the drive itself. Put it back together and give it a shot. It should work.

To take it apart. The silver on the back that tells you what each port and switch is is a sticker. Remove this. You will then find 2 screws. Remove the screws, but be careful. The front cover should slide out of the casing with the rest of the insides. The drive is then held in with 2 screws on each side. Remove these and disconnect the 2 cables attached to the drive.

When done reverse what you did to put it back together.

Posted on Feb 12, 2009

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