Can i open the external and use it directly as a hard drive? it isn't working as an external.
My acomdata has been working for me for al ong time and its been through some very tough times. Fair amount of shock, and now its essentially stopped working. It will still turn on and the fan works, and even the computer knows when its on or off (the litle ding noise goes on/off when it is turned on/off) BUT the harddrive makes a funny noise when its on and nothing will show up on the computer. I need to get a new external anyway so what i'm wondering is if i can take it apart and plug the hard drive directly into my computer using ribbons. Does anyone know if i can do this? Because i'm sure the actual hard drive is fine. They are extremely tough. If you have any informtation about this please let me know. Thank you very much.
Re: can i open the external and use it directly as a hard...
Most enclosures can be opened and the drive removed to be installed physically into your Pc. Make sure your jumpers are installed correctly for the position you intend to install it on the ide cable ( ribbon )either master, slave or cable select.
Usually when you hear a noise coming from the HD itself , that's not a good sign. you might experience your pc not even booting with that HD installed if its really messed up. Good Luck.
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Either the hard drive is bogus or the electronics of the external adapter is the culprit. Take out drive and hookl directly to mo bo as a secondary drive. If recognized drive is ok and the box is at fault.
You can remove the hard drive from the case and put it into another, new usb hard drive case. You can buy one for 20-30 dollars. I have seen this many times before. The hard drive is probably okay, but the controller inside the acomdata case is likely dead. Don't worry, just get a new usb hd case.
initially, pls verify that it is indeed an external storage problem rather than a laptop USB issue by trying other USB devices and determine if they are recognized and working;
disassemble the enclosure of the Acomdata external hard drive and remove the actual hard drive;
you would need the use of a 2nd PC, a desktop that could accommodate the HD from the Acomdata (IDE or SATA);
install the HD from the Acomdata as a Secondary Master or Slave internally to the 2nd PC;
boot the 2nd PC and determine if the HD from the Acomdata will be recognized as a local drive;
chances are that the partition of the HD from the Acomdata was messed up. This would explain the blinking blue light;
download and install a file recovery program. An example is GetDataBack (unfortunately not a freewarebut DEMO is available) and do a recovery. It would take some time based on the size of the HD from the Acomdata;
temporarily save the recovered data in the 2nd PC. You can burn this likewise into a DVD backup should the 2nd PC be capable of that;
after recovery, re-partition and format the HD from the Acomdata while still attached to the 2nd PC;
should the re-partition and format be successful, you can transfer back the temporarily saved recovered files;
a nice, simple, fast and safe partitioning/formatting software is Partition Magic (unfortunately not a freewarebut FREE TRIAL is available).
should the re-partition and format be not successful, you can replace only the HD and/or claim warranty.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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If the problem is in the controller inside the case which in 99 percent of the times it is, This will certainly fix your problem. The MTBF(mean time between failure) of harddrives is 100,000 hours of operation. Also, any external case can be used that matches your hard drives specs...size, IDE, SATA ect...