Question about SimpleTech 250GB USB2.0 7200 RPM External 250 GB IDE Hard Drive
I've had my external hard drive for a while now and have used it without fail in the past. I grabbed it today to take some stuff off of it and plugged it in and my computer never recognized it. It will not pop up on my desktop like it has in the past. I've unplugged and plugged it back in and turned it off and turned it back on several times with the hopes that it would fix the problem. The only response I've received from the hard drive itself is the blue flashing ring upon power up and then a small flashing red dot periodically. Is the red dot trying to tell me something?
Any Information will be incredibly helpful. Thanks a ton.
If all other usb devices work then there's either a problem withthe drive or its drivers. Try plugging it into another computer. Ifthat works on your main computer try going to ControlPanel>>>System>>>Hardware>>>Device Managerand uninstall all universal serial bus controllers, unless you canlocate the one that is for your hard drive. Note: If you have a usbmouse/keyboard this will stop them working untill you select 'scan forhardware changes' at the top, or alternatively unplug then replug them.
Oncethey are all uninstalled plug the hard drive back in and let it gothrough the process of 'found new hardware' etc. This will re-installthe drivers and hopefully solve the problem.
If the drive still doesn't work on eithercomputer then it could mean that it has become corrupted. Right clickon my computer then go to 'manage.' On the left under 'storage' select'removable media' and locate your drive. There should be an option toformat it, BUT THIS WILL WIPE YOUR hard drive! So if you value the dataon it then obviously this is not the best way forward. Another way to format the drive is if you can find it in my computer then you can right click and go to 'format', but again this will wipe the drive.
You could try using a program like pc tools' File Recover to get your files back, though file recovery is a complex process and doesn't always work.
There could be a problem with the cable for your drive - try testing it with another item. Then again if the lights on your drive come on then this may not be a solution worth trying. I think the red light is trying to tell you that something's wrong...
Harddrives do fail - I had to claim on the warranty for my external harddrive a short while ago. It's annoying that the very thing you use tobackup breaks! However, they did send me a replacement in due course, though obviously I lost all my data.
You have to be very careful if you do choose toformat the drive - make sure you format the external and not yourinternal C drive!
Hope this is of some help
Posted on Jul 16, 2008
Make sure you have the power adapter that came with the unit. That was the problem with mine. Now it works fine.
Posted on Aug 27, 2008
I tried to connect using an USB from my camera bag. I unplugged and restart the laptop. I read an earlier posting about rying another cable. LONG behold, inside my camera bag was another USB cable that came w/ my port drive!!! Now it works beautifully.
Posted on Aug 21, 2008
I've had this problem before.
I tried a different cord and it started working again. Additionally i've had this work for me (see below)
From SimpleTech's website: "1) I have the drive plugged in but I cannot find the drive in "My Computer", why?
The most likely cause would be not enough power provided by a single USB port on your computer. Unplug the portable drive from the cable and unplug the cable from the computer. Now, plug the cable into 2 USB ports directly on your computer. (If you have a desktop, you should plug the USB cable directly into the USB ports on the back of the computer. If this is a laptop, you should plug directly into a USB ports on the computer. Do not plug into a USB hub or docking station). Then plug the drive into the cable. In a few seconds you should see the drive listed in the "My Computer" window as a SimpleDrivePS."
If all that fails you need to RMA (Return to Manufacturer) your external hard drive. Most hard drives have a pretty decent warranty on them. Your simpletech 250GB has a 3 year warranty on it. Info on the warranty can be found at http://www.simpletech.com/support/warranty/. If you want to RMA it, click the "Technical Support / RMA Request" on the left hand side of that page.
Posted on Jul 16, 2008
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External hard drives not only provide additional storage space on a computer system but also allow data to be conveniently transported from one computer to another.
These drives typically plug right in to a port on the computer and function without any additional setup; however, if you are running into trouble where your external hard drive is not being detected, you must troubleshoot the situation to determine why the drive appears to be missing.
Check the USB connection running from the hard drive to your computer.
If the USB cable is not seated securely in the port, the computer will not detect the external drive.
Disconnect the USB cable from the computer and plug it into a different USB port. Occasionally, a USB port will fail to function with some hardware and changing the USB connection may correct this issue.
Switch from a USB to a Firewire cable connection, if possible.
The USB port on the hard drive may have died; if so, changing to a Firewire connection will resolve this issue.
Install the driver for the external device from the installation disc provided with the product. Older computer systems may require you to manually install this driver.
After inserting the installation CD, follow the prompts from the installation wizard to install the driver on your computer.
Restart the computer.
If you connected the external drive while the computer is powered down, it may not recognize the device when you turn on the computer.
After restarting the computer, connect the external drive to the system.
The drive should now be detected by your operating system.
Connect the external hard drive to a power source and then plug it into your PC computer using a USB or Firewire cable.
Log on to your PC computer using an account with administrative privileges.
Open the Start menu and click on the "Control Panel" icon.
Open the "Administrative Tools" folder and then double-click on the "Computer Management" icon.
Select "Disk Management" from the list of options on left side of the window.
Right-click on the drive you want your computer to recognize and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths."
Select a drive letter for the external hard drive to be recognized as and click "OK."
The drive will now appear in My Computer.
Hope this helps.
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