My Acomdata Hybrid drive doesn't seem to be working properly. It is plugged into the computer as it should be, but I cannot access everything on it. Sometimes I can only access it for a short time. I often get a notification of an "I/O error" and "incorrect function". Please help.
I did some research, because I get the same error, and i found that if your hard drive is formatted in FAT32 it will only transfer about 4 Gb at a time. The answer I found, was to re-format your drive in the newer and more secure, NTFS file system. This, would increase your transfer rate to about 480 Mb/s, if your using a USB 2.0 port. The course of action that I'm currently taking, is to little by little, move folders on to my hard drive, and then reformat, and then transfer the files back.
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first thing to do is check this hard drive on another known to be operational computer system, if it continues to show the red light and chirping, then you need to replace the enclosure with a known to be operational one, take your drive out of yours, install it in another case and retest. if it still chirps you a damaged hard drive. .. usually the case is the not at fault.
it is a known issue that these particular drives sometimes don't get recognized by the Operating System, after coming out of Sleep, Stand By, or Hibernation.
Simply try to disconnect and reconnect the drive again in the USB port,
if this doesn't work then,
Disconnect it from the USB and connect it to the Firewire.
if this doesn't work then,
Restart the computer.
It should solve the problem.
I devised these simple steps that tend to remedy quite a few issues with most USB portable / external hard drives and OTHER devices (though not always)
A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) 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. This can be especially true if you move a HUB to another port
If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE. Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further
USB flash drives can fail for no apparent reason. Sandisk Cruzers are especially bad for this.
USB hard drives should be treated with extreme care. This is a real hard drive ! and knocks and bumps can quite literally kill them.
It is possible to remove drives from the enclosures in most cases and connect directly inside a PC to fully check it.
Note that if you hear a drive clicking or pinging this could be the worst thing you would hear. Known as "The Click Of Death"
If none of the above steps help look at updating the drivers from the manufacturers web site in the support section.
Have you tried changing your display size for you computers desktop? Try a higher resolution first, then if that doesn't work try a lower resolution. Most like the items are there and your display resolution is the problem.
how do I fix my external hard drive, because one day I turned it on and the drive was fine, the next day when I turned it on, it kept on flashing blue, does that mean that the drive is dead. Please help me with this.
Any 12 volt dc 750ma+ power adapter will work.Install the right plug on the end for your external drive. You can go to radioshack and they will have the proper end for your drive. You have to make sure the polarity is right though as it's direct current. The tip or center must be positive. I recommend testing this with a volt meter before plugging it into your drive to ensure proper polarity. I hope this helps you.