Question about SmartDisk FireLite 40 GB Hard Drive

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I saw your emial in a bulletin board.. i am having trouble with my usb firelite getting powered up and recognized by either computer... sometimes when i wiggle it it lights up...have not been able to get device recognized or anything. I got a new external hard drive today so I am hoping to get everything off the firelight and moved over to the new hard drive.

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  • dirtym Oct 16, 2008

    Hi,
    I have a Smartdisk Firelite USBFLB40-C (lot no: JH5105) that I have been using perfectly well for over 3 years and it now has masses of vital data on it that use for work and home.
    Today, when I went to upload a file from it (a CV to a web site) I discovered the drive had not mounted as normal when I booted up (G5 iMac)... I have the Firelite connected except when transferring between machines.
    The handbook and on-line support would indicate a power supply issue, but I question this would suddenly occur rather than being an on-going problem from the start.
    This device has worked superbly for me since I got it (on any number of different machines of differing vintages and across platforms (Mac OS-X 10.4.11 to Windows - '98SE. 2000 and Vista) without any problem... till now!
    I am not technical; I am not an engineer, but would be willing to try taking the unit apart to facilitate a 'fix' if given clear enough instructions involving basic techniques.
    Can anybody offer some help in the form of advice before I have to resort to expensive Data Recovery specialists?
    Thank you!
    dirtym (UK)


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You don't say what you wiggle on drive, this sounds like power port has come adrift from circuitboard or if you have got a friend with the same unit check you power supply on his and if all is ok then try his on yours and see resaults if same resaults then and only then open the unit if your unit is more than 1 yrs old you can open it next check all conections leading in to the unit to hard drive if the power connector to hd is wobbly remove power plug from hdd and use a small opend -ended screwdriver and close the gaps in power plug and plug it back to hdd and try power again to unit if all is well you can close up.

but if same resaults then get your soldering iron out and solder but use a low heat soldering iron and remove circuitboard out you will nee some one to hold the board while you solder the middle pin back as this often come loose during use.
wait for solder to go cold and the board is cold then reconnect all cables to board.
good luck

I Hope this is helpful

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