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Hi im wesley. may i ask what you need the installation disk for?

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Does not respond to my PC anymore


Hi Dan,

Perhaps you should start with reading this Problems with SimpleTech eHow It may not be of much help.

In what way doesn't it 'respond to your computer' ? Presumably you are using an MS Windows O/S, not an Apple ? You don't say. Presumably it is not showing up in Windows File Explorer/File Manager ? Again you don't say. Try using another (different) USB port(socket) on your computer. Try using the disk on another computer to tell you whether it's the disk or your PC.

Assuming it's your PC, and that hasn't worked, enter the DiskManagement utility. You should see your system disk (boot disk) and possibly the external disk as well. Right click on the SimpleDrive disk, and select 'Delete Partition' if appropriate, else go straight to 'new Partition'. I am going to tell you to reformat your disk. You will lose any data that it contains (now is a good time to remind you to ALWAYS keep BACK-UPs of your data). DO NOT REFORMAT YOUR SYSTEM DISK. Select ' New Partition' if you want to proceed with this operation, and follow the instructions, selecting the appropriate letter to assign to the disk. After about 1hr assuming USB 2, it will finish. The disk should now be visible in File Explorer.
You might also try, ensuring you have only this disk connected to your PC on the USB system (I'm assuming that is how you're connecting the disk to your computer, you don't say), entering DeviceManager, and going to USB Devices, expanding that entry. Now double click on the entry which says 'Mass Storage', and click the button which says 'Uninstall Drivers' (you may have to click the drivers tab to see this button). It will ask you if you are sure, click yes. After it has done this, disconnect the drive and reboot your computer. Now plug your drive into your PC by the USB port again; hopefully it say towards the bottom right ;new hardware found', 'installing drivers for your new hardware', and finally 'your new hardware is installed and ready to use'.
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I have a 250 gb simpletech external hard drive. no. 96200-41001-077. I have used it as the time machine backup on my MacBook. It stopped backing up time machine recently. I got the message. Backup failed...


> icon does not show up on the desktop or finder

A major "clue" that one component of the external storage device has failed, namely:

* USB cable (try a different one)

* disk-drive inside the enclosure

* USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure

* optionally, the external power-supply that connects to the enclosure

Use a multi-meter to verify the voltage/amperage output of that power-supply.
(Not all external storage devices need such a power-supply.)

> can it be saved?

Partially. Disassemble the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive.

Purchase a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage-device. (Compare it to a heart-transplant -- same body, new heart.)

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I have a 500g external simple drive. i am getting a message that i can only read on my mac.


Copy all the data onto your Mac computer.

Take the external drive to a PC computer, and "reformat" it, using "quick format".

Take the external drive back your Mac computer,
and write all the "saved" files onto the drive.

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Reformatted my external hard drive on accident


If formatting is not working, means there is some problem in the data segments of the disk.

thanks,
saumya.

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500g simpletech extrenal harddrive will not turn on


Sounds like a drive failure. If it under warranty then its time to trade it in.

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Reformatted without downloading software to my desktop


robilynn -

Here is the driver page, you'll have to get the model number off of the drive to download the proper one:

http://www.simpletech.com/support/support_downloads.php

Here is the page for the manuals (top of the page), just choose Pro or Duo pro for whichever is the drive you have:

http://www.simpletech.com/support/guides.php

That should give you everything you need to get it back up and running.

Michael

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I have a virus I cannot remove from my hard drive


If you can go to Avira.com and download there repair disk,you can put it on a disk or flash drive, it will run before windows starts(dos), you force the lap to boot from the disk. If this is a virus Avira will kill it.
Avira is the 2nd top anti-virus on planet, there free edition is better
than AVG, Avg is 21 out of the top 20 anti-virus.

Yes, if you reinstall windows and delete the drive,install to (C) new raw and format, it will be gone, but a lot of work when you don't need to.

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