Question about SmartDisk FireLite 40 GB Hard Drive

2 Answers

Dropped SmartDisk I accidentally dropped my external hard drive. The indicator light no longer comes on when the USB cable is plugged into the computer. Likewise th computer does not acknowledge the hard drive. The usual humming sound that is often generated by the hard drive has ceased. I took to Best Buy for repair but was told nothing could be done. I need help recovering my data. I accidently dropped my hard drive however it still spins but my computer does not recognize it nor doesit little blue light come on.... will i be able to recover my data?

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Master:

    An expert who has achieved Level 3.

  • Master
  • 788 Answers

Open up the external drive and remove the hard drive from inside.

Get a 2.5inch to 3.5inch ide hard drive adapter, you will then be able to plug the hard drive into a desktop computer and check if the disk is still readable. If it is and you still want an external you can get an empty 2.5" external hard drive enclosure for fairly cheap and but the drive into it. Otherwise if you data is unreadable then get a new external and start over.

Most tech shops worth their weight have a few of these adapters lying around and may agree to check the drive for you for free if you bring them the bare drive.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 4,234 Answers

Depending upon how hard the jar was to the internal mechanism, the data may be salvageable. I would guess that the first problem is broken connections at the USB connector. This case is just snapped together with a laptop drive in it. Carefully open it up and look for anything broken.

Worse case scenerio, you can get an adapter to plug the drive into a standard IDE cable inside your tower system.
Dan

Posted on Mar 20, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Light is on but drive not registering


Check the USB cable
Go to Control panel - install new hardware - select the device - follow the promts

Jan 23, 2014 | SmartDisk FireLite USBFLB120 120 GB USB...

1 Answer

My verbatim external hard drive has stopped working. I plugged it in to a computer at work which cam up with "power surge" the light no longer comes on and it is not being recognised in my system device...


Disassemble the external drive and install the hard drive in a pc or place in a generic external drive you can purchase without a drive inside, then you can get access to those files again. The External drive interface has failed not the drive itself.

Oct 06, 2013 | Verbatim SmartDisk Firelite Portable USB...

1 Answer

My Iomega eGo Portable Hard drive 500 GB main light is not showing when i plug it in through the usb drive, i think this connection may be damaged. Is a way to solve it to buy dc5v to usb cable and plug it...


Have you tried connecting it with the Firewire cable that came with it? (your pc may not have the correct port) or connecting it with a different usb cable?
Has the drive been dropped? it has a protection system which shuts the drive down when it is dropped. you may need to put the HDD into a different caddy or plug it directly into a desktop pc's motherboard to retrieve you data.
I hope this helps.

Jan 21, 2011 | Iomega eGo Portable Hard drive 500 GB ...

1 Answer

Seagate Freeagent Dropped


Unfortunately what you are describing is a damaged platter inside the hard drive. You may be able to get a technician to recover some data but generally this means the drive is gone forever.

Sep 07, 2009 | Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM,...

2 Answers

Dropped the 'My Book Essential' 500MB, now doesn't work


ok wow i dont even think i dropped mine but it doesnt work.. like the light flashes when i plug it in but then it isnt recognised...

Feb 03, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB...

1 Answer

SmartDisk Crossfire Desktop Drive


Usually this is a problem with the usb port not being able to supply enough power to the drive. Often, units like this will come with two usb plugs on one cable to increase the current supplied to the drive. If the drive has an input for external power (some do, some don't), then using external power would help.

Apr 23, 2008 | SmartDisk Crossfire Desktop (xf160f) 160...

1 Answer

Dropped SmartDisk


email me on warewolf2001@hotmail.com and i'll see what I can do

Nov 11, 2006 | SmartDisk FireLite 40 GB Hard Drive

Not finding what you are looking for?
SmartDisk FireLite 40 GB Hard Drive Logo

Related Topics:

135 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top SmartDisk Hard Drives Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

joecoolvette
joecoolvette

Level 3 Expert

5660 Answers

William

Level 2 Expert

146 Answers

Are you a SmartDisk Hard Drive Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...