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Dead Freeagent 500GB Drive...

I unplugged/plugged-in my 1 year old Freeagent drive and it no longer turns on. I check voltage on the connector (12+dc), but the "drive-on" light won't come on. I can't find a switch, circuit breaker or fuse. Any suggestions? Thanks, ****

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  • gcanime Sep 29, 2008

    my Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB stopped working. it doesnt power up. it was working fine yesterday and today it doesnt even open.

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I don't know which drives they use in Freeagent, or even how you open the case (don't remember seeing any screws on mine), but Seagate drives (baraccuda especially) are known to have a weakness with the diode between 12V and Ground.

If it seems like it's shorting, (put a meter across the power input before you bother opening it - if it's reading about 1 Ohm, this may be your issue) might be worth opening the case and checking for a small square surface-mount diode marked BUX C??? (? being a variable number). If it's shorted, then clip it out for a quick-and-dirty backup of your data & bin the drive, or fix with a suitable replacement diode (SMD 1N4004 has been suggested).

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