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Hi Mav, According to the specs at SimpleTech, the HDD is plug and play, so here is what I would try.

  • unplug the HDD
  • open the Device Manager
  • click on the + next to Hard Disks
  • select the drive
  • uninstall the driver
  • turn the computer off
  • reboot
  • turn it off again
  • plug in the HDD
  • reboot
Window should reinstall the HDD. If that does not work, I would then download CCleaner from Piriform, link is listed below. Once you have it installed, use the Registry Cleaner after uninstalling the HHD driver. Select "clean all" when prompted. Make sure that when CCleaner asks if you want to backup the Registry to select Yes, just in case something does go wrong you can restore the Registry to as it was before. I have used this program on many different systems and never had a problem. After cleaning, shut down and plug the HDD back in and reboot. By the way, CCleaner has some other great utilities that help keep your computer clean.
  • If this helps resolve your issue, would you please rate the solution. If this does not help, please leave a comment giving me more information on the problem and I will try to help you further.

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The light is white..The computer doesn't seem to


I devised these simple steps that tend to remedy quite a few issues with most portable / external hard drives (though not always)

You may want to skip the format section lower down

A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems similar steps may be adapted to suit.

1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability

2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)

3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.

4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.

5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again.

If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues carry on reading.

Go to your control panel and then administrative tools, select Computer Management.
Now select Disk Management and expand the window.
Your drive should be listed here, if not then you need to check your computer hardware has not got any issues before proceeding.
If your drive is listed and says healthy then right click on it an select Properties, click Tools and then Error Checking, Check now, tick the two boxes and then Start.
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If you drive was listed but did NOT say healthy then right click and select Format. Choose NTFS as the file system and do not tick any boxes you do NOT want quick format. Again start and let it do its thing. When it is done restart your computer and you should be good to go.
If you still have problems with the drive you might want to look at other areas.

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Hope this helps

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