Question about SimpleTech 250GB USB2.0 7200 RPM External 250 GB IDE Hard Drive
I bought a 500GB simpletech external hard drive, and it is supposed to be plug and play. But i power it and plug it in and nothing happens
i went to my computer... nothing
i did a search... nothing
as far as my 3 computers are concerened, the hard drive doesnt exist
i tried 3 different computer
2 XP's and a Vista
[in the "product" section its says 250GB but the one i have is 500GB
Well I have an 500gb ext. hard drive. It was working fine at first now after time I began to have problems every time I plug it in to my USB port sometimes it would say driver and software not found. So I would plug it out and reinsert and it would work after a couple of tries. And when that stoped working I would initiate a search for the drivers but nothing would come up. I tried to download it online but I could never find what I need for a 500 gb
If you are running windows, then check the following:
go to control panel -> administrative tools -> computer management -> storage -> disk management.
you probably have a drive (located on the bottom right) that is listed with no drive letter, just assign it a drive letter and see if it comes back, if not, the drive is probably not initializing and you might have to either format it or replace it.
Posted on Jun 21, 2008
For Mac Users go to apple>system preference> time machine>and see if the white button is on the "on" side. Next click on the select disk>highlight the the backupdrive and then click "use for backup". It should get things up and running.
Posted on Jan 21, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You might need to initialize the drive.
Right click on “My Computer” or “Computer” on Vista.
On the next screen select “Disk Management”
In the lower middle section you should be able to find your drive.
It will show up as Disk 1 or Disk 2….depending on how many drives you have in your computer.
If you click on the area that says Disk # you should get and option to “initialize drive”.
Also to the right it should show the allocation information for the drive. If it says “unallocated” then the drive needs to be partitioned.
Right click on the white box next to the drive listing.
Select the option “New Partition”
This will bring up the partition wizard and you will need to step through this process.
Select a primary partition.
On the next screen accept the maximum size it will provide.
On the next screen you assign a drive letter.
On the next screen you will do the format and accept the default settings.
The formatting will start and will be busy until it is complete.
You can monitor this from the disk management window.
Posted on Jun 05, 2008
This may or may not help, but it worked for me! After about 4 hours of trying everything (Device Manager/Uninstall, Disk Management, etc..) nothing at all would work. The USB external hard drive would power up but when you plug it in, the New Found Hardware will pop up and search unsuccessfully for drivers for a PLUG AND PLAY external drive!?!?!
In any event, I simply plugged another USB drive into my laptop (and desktop) and viola! The new hard drive was recognized and installed immediately as 'plug and play' should do. I then unplugged the new drive and tried plugging in the one that was recognized and all of the sudden....IT WORKS AGAIN!!!!
This fix might not help anyone who doesn't have a second USB external drive, but you could try plugging another USB device in and get it to load and then unplug it and try your drive. It worked for me on my laptop and then I did the same thing to my desktop (which also wouldn't recognize it) and it worked on the desktop too! Problem solved for me, thank GOD!
Hopefully, this bypass can save you a few hours of google time and unwanted anguish. Like I said, you may not have another USB drive but try plugging in any other USB device until it loads and then unplug it and then plug in your USB drive that wasn't working. It worked perfectly for me.
Hope it helps!!!!
-BIRDMAN - BIRD ^v^
Posted on Feb 17, 2009
It sounds like you might have a problem with the power supply.
I have seen MANY external hard drives with failing power supplies. Take it to the store you purchased it from for a check up, it should still be under warrantee if its only 3 months old.
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
Okay, so it should be picking up with that machine. First try re-seating all cables (power and USB both sides) and also try plugging it into a different USB port. Be patient and give it a few minutes to find it. Let me know whether or not that works.
Posted on Dec 22, 2009
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