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Problems reading data

I have the hard drive pluged in and the onlight is very dim and flickery. I plug the cable to the computer and it fails to recognise the external drive.

I cannot get access to the drive.

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Sounds like a shorted drive or controller board inside the case.

try direct plug to pc ide cable with cable select on its own ide .. take cdrom off and put it on that cable.

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Once the drive is connected, the computer checks its systems for the appropriate drivers, loads them, and the external drive is ready to use. If the computer does not recognize the external drive, plug it into another computer to ensure the drive is not corrupted. If the drive is good, a few simple steps should help re-enable the drive for use.
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These hard drives can be used to house large files or even to backup an entire hard drive.


When your Seagate external hard drive is not working properly, you might ready to send it into the company for repair.


Before you send it away, you can troubleshoot the problem and potentially save yourself a lot of time and grief.


Look over the power cable going from the wall outlet to the back of the Seagate hard drive. Make sure that there aren't any breaks or tears in the electrical wiring.

If there are breaks, replace the power cord.


Look over the power cable and make sure that it is plugged into the wall outlet in your home as well as plugged into the back of the hard drive.


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Disconnect all of the USB devices that are plugged into your computer's USB ports except for your mouse and your keyboard.

Disconnect the Seagate external hard drive from your computer.


Unplug the power cable from the back of the Seagate external hard drive and restart your computer.


Wait until your computer has fully booted and then plug the power cable back into the hard drive.


Look over the USB data cable to make sure that there are breaks or tears in the cable.

Look over the ends of the cable where they meet the computer and the hard drive.


Make sure the pins are straight.

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