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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.

Posted on Aug 01, 2008

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My book hard drive won't read


1. First try to use another usb cable. If it still won't work.
2. Try plugging it into another computer. If it still won't work.
3. Try removing the hard drive from your BOOK HARD DRIVE, and plugging it directly to your computers desktop SATA socket using a SATA cable. If it works, backup all the data of your BOOK HARD DRIVE and then delete the partition and make a new partition and then format it.

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Reasons why Hard Drives fail.


A hard drive's file system may become corrupted or damaged due to a virus or software malfunction, but this is not a true drive failure because in most cases you can reformat the drive and reinstall the operating system and everything is back to normal. Hard drives fail due to a malfunction in their mechanical or electrical components.

The following picture illustrates the major components inside a hard drive:

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The following is a list of the most common mechanical failures that can happen.

1. The spindle motor can malfunction. The spindle motor works much the same way that cd-rom or dvd player spindle motor works and is located in the middle of the hard drive platters. In a hard drives case, it's job is to spin the platters.

2. The read/write heads malfunction or the actuator arm malfunctions and prevents the read/write heads from reading the data stored on the hard discs (the platters). The picture below shows a closer view of the platters, actuator arm, and read/write head.

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3. The hard discs themselves can become damaged by rough handling (dropped) or can in some cases become scratched by the read/write heads if they touch the disc.

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4. On the back side of the hard drive case you will see where the cable and power supply plugs in and you will also see where the jumpers are. These contain small pins and can easily be bent or broken.

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5. Another problem that can occur is the cables and ribbons themselves become loose and do not make a proper connection or the cable themselves can become damaged. The power cable can also become damaged or malfunction.

Picture of an IDE cable.

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Picture of a SATA cable.

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Hard drives can also fail due to malfunctioning or damaged electronics on their circuit board.

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The most common electrical components to malfunction are Transistors, Capacitors, and Resistors. Power surges are the common cause of these small components to fail, so remember to make sure you are using a good surge protector or a UPS system for your entire computer system. A good policy is to always unplug your computer system from outlets when a storm is capable of producing lightening. It is also important to remember that if any of these failures happen, it will be cheaper to replace the drive for a new one. You can return a hard drive to the manufacturer to be fixed if it is still under warranty. Read your documentation and warranty information carefully if you purchase a new hard drive to upgrade/replace your old one.

The following picture is an illustration of where the hard drive is located inside the computer case. In this case, it is a SATA hard drive.

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My external hdd has is not detecting


Seagate is a company that manufactures external hard drives.

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.


Plug the power cable directly into the wall outlet or into a surge protector.

Do not plug the power cable into an extension cord.


Seagate Data Cable


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.

Replace the cable if needed.


Plug the data cable into the back of the hard drive.

Plug the data cable into your computer.


Hope this helps.


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I'LL TELL YOU UPFRONT i HAVE ONLY INSTALLED SATA ON A NEW SYSTEM SO MY ANSWER MAY NOT BE CORRECT IN ALL SITUATIONS
Question is vague. Are you replacing a drive or building a new system? SATA drives have a dedicated plug on the Mother Board. Of course you already know you can't replace an IDE with a SATA without an adapter (Ebay has them for about $8) or the Bios is incompatible. The power is on the Motherboard and does not have a connector from the power supply like an IDE has.

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My computer will not recognize the external hard drive. i have connected to the laptop using a usb cable and fire wire cable with the same results.


There are a couple of issues that are common with all external drives.

1) Check if the drive has been listed in the disk manager. It could have lost the partition table (formating and other data) information (do not attempt to repartition or reformat until additional tests are done if you have data on it) For Windows OS versions, open the Control Panel, choose System and Security (Win7), then Administrative Tools, Computer Managment and the Disk Management under Storage. If it has lost the critical information, use data recovery software to reclaim your data.

2) The cables have come loose inside the enclosure. If it is out of warranty, open the enclosure and check. These connect the board of the enclosure to the drive. (There are both power and data cables if the drive is a 3.5" drive (IDE or SATA), 2.5" IDE drives combine both.)

3) The enclosure's hardware has failed. Remove the drive and try to connect it in another enclosure (match for disc size and type of data connector), a USB/IDE/SATA bare drive connector, a hard drive dock (SATA) or by putting it into a desktop with an available IDE or SATA connection. Make sure to use it as a slave drive for IDE. Can you read the drive? Then the enclosure is bad.

4) If not, then the drive itself has failed. For a do-it-yourself attempt to get the data off the drive, wrap it well in plastic and place in the freezer for a few days. Try one of the steps in 3 to read the drive and, if the computer reads the drive, copy the data to another drive or optical media. Professional data recovery sites can do more if your data is critical.

Please note that if the drive is under warranty, warranty repairs will not include preserving your data. Opening the enclosure to get the data may void the warranty.

I hope this helps.

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External maxtor isn't recognized on XP


Since you have important files on this drive, do not waste a lot of time with troubleshooting. If your drive is about to go out, you can put it over the edge that way and kill it.

Just to be sure, I would plug the drive into 1 other computer just to make sure. If you get the same thing, the problem is definently with the Hard Drive.

If this is the situation, I would take off the outer case to reveal the regular hard drive inside. You can hook this hard drive up to your computer as a slave and copy the files off. If your computer will not read the drive as a slave, and you have double checked the jumper settings and cable position.....you can try a program like "Get Data Back" to try and recover data off the bad/corrupted hard drive.

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I plug the external hard drive the blue light shows put on the computer it doesnt show at all not on device manager or disk management please help


In the past I have had problems with external esata drives. Unplug the drive and turn the computer off. Plug the drive back in (with the computer off) and restart the computer. Look if the drive is there.
Don't forget that external esata drives also need an external power supply.

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Computer external hard drive problem


If the hard drive still spins, then the data can be saved. If there is a near by computer store, explain your problem, and they can take apart the drive and probably but the data on a new drive for you. If you want to try this yourself, you will need to take apart the outer enclosure of the Lacie drive. Then unplug the hard drive, and either put it in another similar enclosure (requires taking that one apart too) or buying a new enclosure.

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My Compaq PC says disk boot failure and asks to insert system disk. However, having had my pc for a few years, I have misplaced my sytem disk.


Check the bios to be sure that it sees the hard drive and if it does not then
Try (with the power off) unpluging the data cable from the hard drive and then pluging it back in then turn on the computer and see if it sees the hard drive. If it does and still no boot then its like the person said above and your boot sector is probably corrupt and you will need to boot with an xp cd to the recovery console and type this at the command prompt: FIXMBR and then type FIXBOOT then EXIT but try the unplugging the data cable and plugging it back in first..
Ive seen that problem several times and unpluging the cable and pluging it back in sometimes fixes it

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