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SImple tech 250GB power problem

I had a problem when I plugged it into 2 computers it would not open and a message came up about a power problem and to unplug it. Now it is working?

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The interface has gone out, these portable drive are horrible i have 2 go bad withing months of each other.

theres not much you can do beside taking out the drive and buying another enclosure and putting it in the drive in that enclosure.

so replacing the enclosure is the only option, since the device is out of warranty. just pry open the enclosure and remove the HD, and then buy another enclosure, add the HD to it. the problem is solved.

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My simpletech 250gb cannot be recognized by my computer, i use window now but before i use mac, how can i open my files on my simpletech using widowsXP OS?


click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or


if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver


if this fails to fix the problem

check usb leads for secure dust free seating

sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,


check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems

hope this helps

if this fails to fix the problem
you might have to install a usb 2 or 3 card they are cheap and easy to install you can buy these on Ebay very cheap

hope this helps

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I need the dc power supply for SimpleTech 250GB USB2.0 7200 RPM External 250 GB IDE Hard Drive


Your solution is a 12 volt 1.5amp chord. With a negative outside/ positive inside plug tip polarity. Simple Tech model and part number: SYS1298-1812-W2

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I just recently bout a 250gb simple tech external drive. I came home installed but it wont show in my computer


You might try a different cable or use a USB "Y" cable to supply enough powere for the drive to work, as some computers have difficulty providing enough power from a single port. If you need more help, please call HitachiGST Tech Support M-F 8AM to 6PM PST at 1.888.426.5214 and a technician will be happy to help you.

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I can't get my Simple tech mini 250GB to work Please Help!


Basically external usb drives are all the same. They have a usb interface and a drive interface. What happens is the usb interface usually dies after a while. The hard drive and your data are perfectly fine but you can't get at it.

There a re a few ways to fix this. One you can send to a data recovery center and spend $500 plus to get your data. You can sometimes send it in to the manufactuer but they don;t garrentee anything. Or you can buy a new external USB drive enclosure and put the drive out of yours into the new enclosure.

The drive inside is a standard laptop or small format harddrive. Absolutely nothing special about them. The hardest part of this is actually figuring out how to get the original enclosure apart. Once you get it open (or the tech does) then you just unplug the power and dat and remove any mount screws (maybe 4) and then revrese all of that into the new enclosure. Plug it in and you will have your data back. Thats all there is to it.

There are a couple of things to watch for. One is you may need a drive adapter dpending on what size or format of hard drive is in there. These are just a $3 cable adapter. The other thing is the odd enclosure formats or acesses the drive a differant way. If this is the case then waht you will need to do is get the same type of enclosure and move the drive. This is a bit more annoying and expensive but still cheaper than the data retrieval service by far. Even worse case you should be under $200, if its a normal usb setup then can be $20 plus labour.

Anyway don't panic your data should be fine.

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I have the simple tech 250 gb mini and i got music put onto it so i can plug it into my car staero usb port. it works on the computer but says error 23 in the car whats wrong?


Could be:
- The hard disk is formatted in NTFS (this is usually the default format if you have a windows PC
- The hard disk is formatted in Mac format (if you have an Apple Mac)
- The car stereo 's USB port is not providing enough power for the drive to operate.
- Your car stereo may not support hard drive larger than a particular size. look at your manual to see what it supports

For the first 2 issue try reformatting the hard disk in FAT32 format this is the most common.

to get more power to power the USB try on of this

double USB cable

plug the extra USB into another USB port ie one of this

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I have a SImple Tech/Simple Drive(150GB) FAILURE-


There are many reasons why a drive may fail, if the data on it is very important you should not try to fix it yourself, but rather take the drive to a reputable data recovery service, you can search on the net for one near you. If the data is not so important and you want to try to fix it yourself, you can download a data recovery program such as Zar from www.z-a-recovery.com These programs will normally try to fix the problem and if any data can be recovered, they will let you know. You will then need to buy the program to actually recover the data

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Simpletech hard drive not working


I have that problem similiar to yours. My simple tech stopped working for like two years so i decided to open up my simple tech and removed my HD away from the old enclosure so I can try building my own external hard drive for the first time. I bought another new 3.5 enclosure, IDE/ATA for the old HD. I put it in the new enclosure and it worked!

It's the only solution you can have. No need to retrieve data or re-format your HD. You can leave it the way you like...if you wanna reformat it...up to you.

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Simple tech problem


windows 2000 detects the driver for plug n play drives for it self and if it doesnt then try driverguide.com for drivers of the disk.

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Does simple tech 250 drive need an external power source?


Yes, you need a power supply. I have several USB peripherals that, in a similar way, APPEAR to be on when you plug them into USB. But that interface cannot supply enough power to actually run the machine. The maximum is 0.5 A * 5 V = 2.5 W. The wee portable drives can run on that power, but a normal desktop drive, such as is inside a full-size desktop external enclosure, use ~ 8 W.

So you need a DC power supply! I bet SimpleTech can tell you what the correct current, voltage, and polarity is. Good luck.

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