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SimpleTech 320GB Hard Drive- unable to detect the device

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I recently purchased this product. I had it working great yesterday. I transferred all my home movies & photos aling with the moviemaker program. Today after turning on my computer, I am unable to see the E: drive in My Computer. Everything is hooked up, it's as if my computer does not detect the Drive. When I turned the power on the simpletech, the ring on top blinked and it made a soft alarm sound for about 2 minutes. Still, no indication that my computer detect it. Please Help!!!!

My hard drive suddenly stopped working and started making an alarm like sound. My lap top does not recognize it and a message appeared saying something about troubles with time and writing data to the disk.

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  • Ardeki May 11, 2008

    I've had the exact same problem with the exact same device. I just tried the posted solution, and the drive WAS too far forward, but even after tightening everything up the problem still persists with no change. I'm reluctant to go digging into the guts of the drive itself, but nothing on the outside seems to have any effect.

  • athenarocks Aug 15, 2008

    HELP! All my F'n weding files are on this goddam thing that worked until 10 minutes ago! WHat the hell? This is why I BOUGHT THIS. It was sitting on my desk, as pretty much always, and the little do-DOO noice came on saying it unplugged from the computer.....and then, it revved and revved and revved....and cannot get past the bump to turn on.





    I am to f'd.



    What to do?????

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I had a similar problem with a SimpleTech 250g Pininfarina USB drive.
I went through the drivers, the power supply, the USB cables, and the various
computers, USB cards and Operating systems.
Finally I opened the case and found the disk drive was mounted too far
forward, causing the IDE connector to barely touch. I loosened the mount screws,
slid the drive back towards the connector, tightened everything down and it works.

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