Hi I have the simple tech 500gb usb harddrive. I have been using it for some time now. Today when I plug it in to my laptop and i tripe on the wire of the harddrive while it was plug in. The icon suddenly disappeared on my laptop task bar and also on my computer. So I turn the harddrive off and on again it still doesnt show any response on my laptop. When I turn on the hard drive, It first showed a circle of blue light and then nothing, few seconds later, a tiny red light flashed a few times and stoped. I tryed the harddrive on several other computers and the samething happen. Can anybody please help me. Thx so much.
I had this same problem earlier today. Elsewhere I found a post that said this and it worked for me. I was using the power supply that came with the SimpleTech drive but I found another device (my Motorola cable modem) that used the same type AC Adapter. I swapped the AC Adapter and it works like a charm.
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I checked the AC power cord I was using against simpletech's specs documentation and realised was using an AC cord from a different device. Once I found and plugged in the original AC cord that came with the drive (100/220V 50/60 Hz AC input, 1.5vdc output), plugged the drive back into the pc, it recognized the simpletech drive again - (on both pc's).
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If it is of the style where the Harddrive plugs into an interface, and the interface is mounted to the small circuit board. the board may be damaged beyond simple soldering techniques. (Circuit trace damage)
Yeah you can probably just get the enclosure dissassembled. googling " how to disassemble seagate freeagent pro" pulled up a few links but if you're not comfortable doing that, try asking for help from local college computer lab geeks. I'm on the other side of the country from you so, can't help you much. The usb port that fell off was probably connected to the drive via an adapter so likely the hard drive itself is not damaged. Data recovery is much more expensive and I agree it isn't reasonable for this kind of problem.
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.
Can you access this drive on a non-Vista system? If so, try the Simple Tech WWW site for a diagnostics program?
There are also a number of other software programs that can detect and mark the bad sectors or locations on your drive as bad.
Once those sectors are marked (at the FAT Table) as bad Vista may allow you to access that drive again. IF it does, copy everything available to a DVD. Now reformat the drive but DON'T trust it.
Bottom line is that I personally would not trust that drive again with ANY data that is important to me... I hope you will agree with me. If you decide to use it anyway please backup to two locations or drives!
DO NOT buy a Seagatefreeagent drive under any condition if it comes as a gift return it or re-gift to some one you don't like. Like so many others my 500GB external drive just quit working. Has only been plugged in about 6 times and then back into a cabinet to keep safe. In 10 years between 2 workstations 3 laptops and 4 external drives. The only drives that have ever gone bad are the Seagates and newer Maxators. I still have 4 Western digital drives that still work and get used in an external case for back up. They have never failed. Seagate should be responsible for data time and mental anguish.
I just had the same problem with my simpletech 500GB. Was working fine and then all of a sudden it wouldn't show up. I was trippin out thinking I might lose everything. After reading up and looking for answers nothing worked no where. So I prayed and asked God to help me figure this out because I had put all of our family pictures in the hard drive and would lose them all if it no longer worked or I would have to re format. Long story short, a few minutes after praying to the Lord Jesus, I got a thought in my head to follow the instructions on the box about installing it. Unplugged everything and then proceeded with the 1,2,3. Plugged in the usb to the hard drive, plugged it to the computer and then I plugged the power box in and low and behold the external hard drive showed up as when I first did it a few days ago. Thank you Jesus for the simple answer on the simpletech. I hope this is helpful to someone out there who is pulling there hair out like I was for a few hours. God Bless all and may the Love of Jesus impact and save your life. HE'S COMING SOON! Be ready