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Simple tech 500gb usb hard drive

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.

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  • Aloha61 Jun 28, 2008

    I have the exact same problem as above.....

  • littledo Jul 02, 2008

    I have the same problem, plus my computer freezes up if I have the power on on the disk drive. If I turn it off and back on, the next computer function works and then freezes again. Cannot access any data on the computer.

  • ali_swahili Dec 09, 2008

    I droped it accidentally and it was just a small height-like even a glass wouldn't break if you know what i mean-in my room. Now it doesn't work at all, because it was disconnected from the usb-which is a short wire. It does turn on, blue light goes in that circular motion. And that's it. Things working inside the hd, but it is not detected from any computers. :(

  • Anonymous Jan 18, 2009

    I'm ready to return the simple drive. I've had it for a week. EVERY DAY my computer freezes. I've removed the drive, I no longer have computer freeze. Time for Carbonite.



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Youve damadged the harddrive, is the harddrive spinning or making any noise?

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  • Terry Nomer Jul 27, 2011

    i have this same problem, the hard drive spins for about a minute and then stops, no blue light and no sound. There is only the red power light on the back. Any suggestion?


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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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