Question about IBM TravelStar 40GN 40 GB Hard Drive

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MY 40GB USB2.0 cannot be detected by any PC. I can hear the motor spon and the Red LED also display but PC cannot detect the disk. pls advise.

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First make sure usb cable connected to harddrive is working fine.
try it in different usb ports.
Press windows key +R key so you can see run then type in run "devmgmt.msc" then press ok so you can see device manager uninstall all usb drivers then it automatic install usb drivers.
then check.
Also you need to change registry for that type in run "regedit" then press ok then you can see registry editor then locate below key.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11 CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
And remove upper filter and lower filter.Then restart computer then check.
Try your harddrive in different computer if it is not recognized on another computer too then your harddrive has internal issue.

Let me know if you need further assistance.
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In that case the disk or its case has died. Take the disk out of the case and put it directly in a desktop. If now it's recognized and accessible then the case has died - if not then the disk itself has died.

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