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Harddrive simply not alive!

In a nutshell, my external hard drive is not working. I haven't had it plugged up to my laptop in a few days and when I went to plug it in I noticed that nothing happened. I tried simply turning the hard drive off and the back on and that's when I realized it was the hard drive itself and not the computer. It used to light up and you could hear the soft hum of the motor but now it makes a couple morse-code sounding bleeps and then...nothing. The red light is on indicating that it is turned but nothing seems to be happening inside. It's plugged into a surge protector strip but I'm wondering if having it on too long has damaged it or if some sort electrical surge screwed it up. Arrghh!!

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  • Anonymous Oct 01, 2008

    It will not longer turn on. There is nothing happening with it when everything is plugged in.

  • ptucker252 Oct 09, 2008

    I have a SimpleTech 500 GB external HD. Just stop working. No red power light. Was working fine and just stop no apparent reason. Please Help

  • Cld08 Oct 21, 2008

    When you turn it on the blue lights flash and then just makes a pulsating hummmm. The red power light is on.

  • coldplay2 Oct 26, 2008

    I have tried turning my 320 GB drive on and off repeatedly and it will beep a couple of times, but it won't turn on or show any of my files. All of my music and school work is on it! Please help!

  • dneitzel Nov 15, 2008

    Same Problem. I removed the drive from the enclosure. This is easily done by prying the top and bottom of the case apart at the seam on the flat end (where the connectors are located). Once you pry the pieces apart you can open them wide enough to remove the hard drive and its connector board from the enclosure. Don't open hem any further than necessary or you may damage the enclosure. 
    Next gently pull the connector board from the hard drive. You should now have two pieces. These pieces can individually fail. You can test them if you have another ATA drive that is known to be working. In my case the drive was fine but the connector card was not working properly. I was able to attach the hard drive to another connector card and copy the data to another portable hard drive. Next, I will put everything back together and return it to simpletech. Hopefully they will stand by their product.

  • chuyxgamer Nov 30, 2008

    after backing up before a long trip I found my drive as the same condition, it turns , makes click noises and then stops spinning, my lap top never recognizes it as use to be, please help
    thanks


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Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.

Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

  1. The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
  2. The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
  3. The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

Kind Regards
Andrea

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Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

The clicks you descibe normally points to the drive itself being beyond repiar , but follow these steps anyway to eliminate other possibilies.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

If your drive does not make a connection sound when connecting to your computer and also does not show up , please follow the next step.

Remove the hard drive from the casing if possible and install it in your computer case or another external case.If the drive works , the problem is with the casing and you can ignore the drive.

Now , if the problem is with the casing , there are still 3 possibilities.

  1. The USB cable between the drive and the computer may be damaged.
  2. The circuit board which connects your drive to the interface of the external may be blown.
  3. The power supply (if applicable) may have a blown transformer.
The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

The second component you want to test is the USB cable. If you have a printer , swop out the cables and see if your printer functions normally. Most externals use the same connector so you should be able to test it in this manner. If the cable works go on to the last step. If the cable is defective , replace it with a new one which you can find for about $10 at most electronics and chain stores.

The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

A casing costs about $50 and you could get it at most tech shops and big chain stores like Best Buy.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

Kind Regards
Andrea

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Okay , so there are some steps to figure out what is wrong with your external.

The clicks you descibe normally points to the drive itself being beyond repiar , but follow these steps anyway to eliminate other possibilies.

Firstly , if your computer makes a sound when you plug in your external , go to Start-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Disk Management , and see if your external drive is listed here with your local drives. If it is listed , right click on the drive and change the drive letter to make it appear in "my computer".

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The latter is the easiest to diagnose , does your external light up at all when you plug in the power? If not , then this is probably your problem. On the bottom of the adapter is a label which you will be able to use to have a new adapter made at your local electronics shop and this will cost about $30 max. They will also be able to test the adapter with a clamp meter to see if this is really the problem and this should be free.

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The last component to test is the circuit board. This is a bit of a grey zone as you probably won't be able to spot the blown component unless it failed really badly. With the casing already opened , locate the external's circuit board and check to see if you have any blackened components or fluids leaking from some components. If all the other components of the external worked perfectly , then this is the faulty part. It is not really economical to replace the circuit as most of the time it is out of production by the time you need to replace it and it still costs a lot even if it is available so if your drive is working perfectly when connected via sata or IDE on your computer , the best is to buy a new casing and place your old drive in the new casing.

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