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My simple tech wont work

My external hard drive wont work.. everything is plugged in.. but a red light comes on ... it makes no sence.. i use it 4 times a week then all the sudden it stops working.. please help

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  • Anonymous Jun 21, 2008

    I understand that this is plug and play, but after pluging in the device nothing happens, no automatic download, nothing.

  • jhlux Jul 14, 2008

    it just makes kind of a low moaning sound, and the blue light wont come on

  • markmelad Sep 28, 2008

    my sata drive is moving but the light is red and when i hookup to my computer does not show up

  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2008

    it emits a red light

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2008

    pc acknowledged new drive, but it won't let me read it, looks like it's not connected at all. red light is on.

  • stevesmith12 Mar 09, 2009

    Same problem, red light comes on and disk is spinning. Blue light wont come on and computer wont recognize it. Sometimes if i tilt it at a certain angle it'll start working...weird.

  • eweb Apr 11, 2009

    Same problem... I plug it into my USB port, flip it on and it blinks blue once, then a little red light blinks a few times... My computer will not let me view it. Sometimes when I turn it (hard drive) on, my computer just goes to a blue screen, and says I have an error or something and has to turn off...

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I took mine into a local computer shop to see if they could get the data... They can and did...

I just needed to buy a new housing unit ~ $45

The guy said the plug-in for the USB cable and Power supply into was shot

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