Question about Hitachi 500GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive
I have a Hitachi 500 GB USB 2.0 External.
No problems until now- had the drive hooked up to my XP Pro laptop and I was burning a dvd from files on the drive.
I got up to go in to the other room and tripped over the cable knocking the drive to the floor.
It pulled the power and usb cables out of it and hit kind of hard.
I turned it off, plugged it back in, and fired it up.
The red light comes on and then it make a series of strange tones.
It is unlike any hard drive noise I have head before.
No clicking, buzzing, or grinding-
Just these tones over and over.
I assume it is trying to tell me something, but I've search a few sites and found no info on this.
I made a 15 second clip of the sound-
I have a decent amount of computer experiences, so I'm hoping that something just came unplugged inside the case, but figured I should ask around before I rip it open.
Thanks in advance,
PS this thing is full too and I was in the process of backing it up to DVD :(
It sounds to me like there is a seek problem.Is this the sound coming from the inside the box itself? If so, that is NOT good. Usually when you hear crazy noises like that from a hard drive, its internal damage. I imagine when you tripped on the cable and it fell to the ground, it exceeded the g-force rating for the drive. That and the fact it was under power and doing read seeks, the heads could have crashed. I guess you could disassemble the unit and hook up the hard drive as a slave inside your computer and bypass the external unit to see if that solves it. Its worth a try. It really does sound like its not a good situation. Sorry about that. I hope this helps!
Posted on May 13, 2008
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