My external hard drive's (MY BOOK) fan is running, it is plugged in (and has been checked), it is connected to my USB port (and has been checked) but it is still not booting up on my computer. The computer does not recognize it as a drive and it does not sound like the drive is running other than the fan noise. It used to run a lot and now I cannot hear it at all.
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If you're using USB for power then you either need a powered USB hub or the device must connect directly to the computer's USB port bypassing the hub.
If the USB hub doesn't plug in to the wall socket then it is not a powered hub. Basic USB hubs do not supply power to devices or charge an external device like a cell phone. The hub must be of the powered variety and plug into the wall before you can use it for things like this.
TIP: Get two USB hubs, one powered and one not. If you're using a USB hub for anything other than connecting a flash drive or your wireless keyboard and mouse receiver, get a powered one. Doing so allows you to charge multiple devices through USB and it will provide power to other peripherals like a laptop cooling pad, external hard drives, etc.
-Check all connections (Ethernet, Power, USB, etc) -Install the appropriate driver for the device, usually included on a CD -Double Check compatibility with your system (system requirements usually on packaging of product) -If you haven't rebooted since you set it up, then reboot, this fixes a lot of things -Try the product on another computer -Try different cables/ports on the comptuer.
If nothing works, then send it in if it's under warranty or contact a professional service.
Is this a new drive? has it worked before? the usual sequence is to connect the external drive to a power source first, and then connect the usb cables to the PC. IF you know the usb cables are good and have verified that they are connected properly, try connect to a different usb port on the PC, sometimes ports go bad. If that still doesn't work, the most likely the hard drive has gone bad.
go into your 'update settings'. there is a section of where it asks you about how you want your settings set and where to send updates to. You may find the problem here. Check all the 'advanced' settings as well. If your Western digital is plugged in via USB and not requiring updates, unplug it while starting your system, after complete start up, reinsert the USB plug. It may show new devise found, then from here, you may be asked to reinstall it to stop the rebooting.
Try a replacement USB cable first. If that does not fix the problem, then the USB to SATA adapter board is faulty, in that case you will need to take out the internal disk to replace the external enclosure.
Be sure to plug the USB connector and the back of the CPU. Then go to Application folder if your running on OS X. Locate the disk utility, then double click it and see if your external drive have been detected. If it is detected try to repair it. and then thats it
External Hard Drive is mostly of the USB interfacing type. If urs one is the same, then it is just as simple as plugging in a pen drive in the USB port. If it has external power supplies then u can easily figure out how to connect. There are two parts in the power supply (if external power supply cable is provided), 3-pin main power supply connector and other is the adapter which goes to the external hard drive.plug in the other end of the adapter into the hard drive (there is a hole in it). connect the main power cable to the adapter extension. now for the usb Hard Drive, connect the USB cable to the USB port of the computer. Switch on the power supply to the Hard drive and u r ready to use ur brand new External Hard Drive. If it is a Firewire interfacing one then u may need to open the CPU box, and then connect the firewire connector on to the motherboard firewire port. It is easy to identify, it is a red colored port/connector.
gud day...does ur mac book support any plug and play device? if it is then try to plug it to ur another usb port if it doesnt work...there sumthing wrong with your mac book.,it means that your mac book doesnt recognize the hardware to attach on to it...or ur mac software doesnt support the external hard drive...mac book operating system doesnt work with your essential edition external drive