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How to take the hard drive (HD-HB250U2-EU) out of the case? I would like to test if I can save my data when connecting the drive with USB cable to my laptop.

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If the drive clicks and whirs and repeats, then I'm afraid it is dead. The only way to get any data off it will be to contact one of those expensive data recovery companies. Sorry!

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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Posted on Nov 06, 2009

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If the USB drive is detected by system generally, as you write, first thing I would do is go to Disk Management (on Windows XP it's under Administrative Tools, the quickest way to get there is to right-click My Computer and choose Manage) and see if the system recognizes the disk volume. If it is listed under Disk Management, try Assign/Change drive letter, and assign it an unused drive letter. Don't try anything harsh, like formatting or removing partitions!
If this doesn't help, or the drive volume is not present under Disk Management, the next step would be to remove the actual drive from the USB case and hook it up to the motherboard. You don't specify your drive model, so the actual hookup will depend on the type of drive that's inside. If it's a 2.5" IDE/ATA drive, you will need an adapter to connect it to a standard ATA cable and standard power for example. If you are not computer hardware savvy, I would recommend asking for professional assistance.
Good luck.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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I think I have the answer, plug your cable in. If windows 7 shows the message unknown device don't remove the usb. instead turn the switch on the back of the external hard drive off for a few seconds then back on. Windows 7 should then for some unknown reason find the correct drivers and your buffalo hard drive will now work. This worked on mine.

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portable hard drives are very VERY sensitive. because of its structure & its a compact design. the cause of the issue might be because you dropped it. try to format it if the problem will go away.

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My PC frozen when I connect Buffalo Technology 250 GB HD


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This generally means you have a hardware failure in the drive or enclosure. The simplest way to test which is to have a hardware tech move the drive into a new enclosure and see if it works.

This will void your warranty if you do it, so, if the drive is under warranty and there are no files you consider valuable on the drive, call the manufacturer for warranty support.

If you value the data more than the drive is worth then take it to your local hardware vendor and ask them to test the hard drive in a new enclosure. Good odds it will work this way but if not you may need the help of a data recovery specialist.

In North America I use Armor-IT, if you are in a different region and the new enclosure fails to garner results, comment back with your region(Country, State, City) and I will supply you with the closest reputable facility.

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the first thing that pops up in my mind is a power problem. check if the hard disk starts making a 'spinning' noise when you plug in the power chord and turn the disk on. when you hear a ticking noise instead, it means the disk is broken. be sure it only makes the spinning noise. if it does, connect the usb-cable between the disk and the computer. if the disk is not recognised, replace the cable. if still not ok, post what you did as a comment, and please be as accurate as possible, because this problem may have several causes.

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It's probably NOT the voltage, but the current available at a given USB port. You might try using a USB cable that has two "A" connectors on one end that connect to the computer, one for power and data, the other is just for extra power. The other end of the cable should have the appropriate connector for your external drive. By connecting the second "A" plug to the computer, you double the current available to the external drive.

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System freezes when I connect my external hard drive.


Hello

Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.

Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

  1. The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
  2. The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
  3. The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

Kind Regards
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Your PC will be set to boot from USB first. Go into the BIOS and set the PC to boot from hard disk first. Respond here if you need to know how to do this.

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Failure to start up


If the drive clicks and whirs and repeats, then I'm afraid it is dead. The only way to get any data off it will be to contact one of those expensive data recovery companies. Sorry!

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