Question about SimpleTech SimpleDrive Pininfarina 500GB External USB 2.0 Hard Drive - Onyx

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Simplech simple drive not operational.

I used my simpledrive last night, and shut the computer down when I went to bed. When I woke up and turned everything on the simpledrive started making a repititious beeping noise, and cannot be accessed or even recognized by my computer. Is this thing broken already? I have only had it since November.

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  • Anonymous May 23, 2008

    I Just Purchased a 1 TB External hard drive from SimpleTech.. Supposedly its supposed to recognize as soon as you plug it in but it keeps saying USB Device found and wants drivers for it. I called tech support and they kept saying there are no drivers and that it should be recognized immediately.

  • Aloha61 Jun 28, 2008

    Same as above for me...tried everything I could think of, still just lights up and goes off.

  • charles_sant Aug 10, 2008

    When I turn on my HD I get 5 beeps and then it turns off.

  • twilightstea Sep 30, 2008

    Same problem repetitive beeping noise won't work, problem arose out nowhere.

  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    Ihave had this on one of my computers and it has always worked perfectly. I decided to put some files on it from my other computer and it has the smae issues everyone else has. Both of my computers have XP. I don't know what could be the problem.

  • kidthornton Dec 24, 2008

    i have the same problem but i don't get 5 beeps

  • atlassmael Jan 08, 2009

    same problem

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    well i have almost the same problem the only difference is it dont beep if i put my ear to it it sounds like the pin that reads the disk is skipping or something i dont know it pisses me off though cuz mine was full of alot of personal files and movies and **** good music and now its all gone **** simple tech

  • SNP Hiker Jan 21, 2009

    Simple Drive 500GB suddenly started beeping & now computer doesn't see it. It is full of all my photos. Does anyone have any suggestions ? Have e-mailed SimpleTech twice (no reply) & held on the phone for 45 mins twice & never got a tech.

  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    My simpledrive recently fell of my desk, but it seemed to be working fine. Now, like 2 days after it happened, computer doesn't recognize it, it just beeps. Although I noticed the fan is making a deeper noise than it used to. I don't mind if I have to buy a new drive (I've had this one for a while), but I'd like to at least be able to rescue my data...

  • droppedbeat Feb 20, 2009

    I have the same problem, on a 1 TB drive, though. The drive was working just fine, and then just stopped working and now beeps when power is turned on. I spoke to a tech and he said "well it sounds like there is a problem with the drive" oh, gee, you think? He said to send it in for replacement, because anytime the actual drive beeps, it is "something wrong with the drive". Wow what great technical support! My suggestion is do not put anything of any importance to you on one of these drives! Not if you want to keep it!

  • bduckart Feb 21, 2009

    Same here. Red light and sounds like the disk is skipping (kinda sounds like a beeping). Has anyone resolved this?

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    i have the 1tb drive. was working fine, then one day, just stopped. now when i plug it in, i just get this humming/beeping noise. I can hear the internal disks start spinning, but then they stop as soon as they start. 



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I have a 2007 SimpleTech PininFarina 320GB USB drive that stopped working. Windows XP recognized the USB interface, but was unable to load the drivers. Also, while the drive has always been quite I noticed that I could not hear the drive motor. So.... I opened the case only to find the drive moved forward because the mounts failed. Result the SATA connection was not power!

I found both, and only, plastic supports to hold the Hitachi drive failed. During manufacturing the screws were overtightened which cracked the plastic mounts. As I continued to carry the drive around the mounts eventually failed. So I removed the drive and drilled two new holes in the unused mounts. NOTE that I did not tighten the screws down...only snugged up to the plastic (I drilled the holes for an exact fit...If you wish to enlarge the holes use small washers between the drive and the mount...the extra 1/16" play between the drive and the mount is why the mounts failed).

To open the case remove the four screws on the bottom of the unit. Two are visible, and two are under the serial number sticker near the front. The top will now lift straight off once the front relase tab pops free. Note that there is no way to "release" the tab (tab is in the middle (side to side) and approximately 1/2" from the front). Just keep pulling gently, and pray. Once the top is loose switch wires allow you just enough room to place the top on the work surface and repair the unit. Also the side panels will slide straight up and off once the top is removed.

Good luck. This is the reason my drive failed...and I suspect the reason many others failed since the mounts were not properly fastened.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009


Simpletech products are nice(designed by pinafirnia) but are very reliable (ive gone through two). i recommend returning it and buying another product

Posted on Aug 17, 2008


I have the same problem with my 1TB SimpleTech hard drive. At first, it was recognized and there was no problem, but sometimes my computer wants drivers for it and will not recognize it. There are no drivers for it, its supposed to be plug and play, but it doesn't even show up in my hardware list. The website and support are not helpful!

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