Hey guys, I have got a toshiba external hard drive model # MK1234 GAX. When I connect it to my laptop the green light on the hard drive goes on but my windows xp sp2 doesnt make any sound of it being recognized. It has all my files in it.I can feel the drive vibrating. Its external case is a cheap lightwave case. It was working but all of a sudden it stopped. I should mention though I did not do safely remove and I think after that it stopped working,I am not sure though. I am tired of reading all threads.Please help.
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Re: Toshiba external Hard drive not working
I suggest to connect the harddrive straight to the computer as a slave disk, coz i think the casing power has been damaged. make sure u set its jumper as slave, the harddrive in the machine which contaoins windows should be the master.
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Before connecting anything to an USB port you need to install the software for the device. Then you can connect it.
But when you have an old laptop it could be it can't handle the 2 TB.
First install the software that came with the drive. Then see if the laptop can handle the 2TB.
ur toshiba hdd is ur laptop's primary hard disk, so it is not booting from external hard disk, so open bios in ur laptop and set booting with usb as primary booting device, it works, if u have more doubts post me again
It sounds as though your issue is one of in adequate power. Do both the external HDD have their own power source, or are they powered through USB? if they are powered through USB it may be that as soon as the second drive spins up to transfer the files, it overwhelms the limited power of the laptop. You can try it with the laptop plugged in (though this may not provide it with more power than the battery) or by purchasing a usb hub with its own external power source so that it is not drawing power from the laptop, or purchase an external hard drive with its own power source
The other option is simpler and free, and its to copy the files first to your laptops own HDD, then unplug the source external hard drive, and then plug in the drive you want to copy to, then transfer the files from your laptops hard drive. This will of course take twice as long, but will cost you nothing.
Open up Folder Options\View\Show Hidden Files and Folders. Return to your Toshiba HDD. Do you see an hidden files? If so, try to delete them. You may have to change the Properties of these Folders\Files in order to delete them. BE WARNED, removing or deleting any folders or files that Toshiba placed in there could have negative affects on the way your external HDD runs.
There is a (laptop-size) hard-drive inside the case, and that hard-drive is failing. As it spins, it generates those noises, like a dying dinosaur. If it still is under warranty, exercise the warranty, and replace it. If the warranty has expired, tough luck.