My seagate 320gb external hard drive indication light is flashing and it is not showing as a external storage device on my laptop.
I have tried disconecting it then rebooting my computer,turning the computer off then rebooting with the hard drive plugged back in, with no success.
can anyone help
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Re: power indication light flashing
Hi, you may want to try connecting it by USB if you're currently using firewire or the other way around and see if it works. If this fails, you are probably better off using diagnostics by Seagate @ http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=7f4e19e0babfd010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD&locale=en-US#.
Try to use the Troubleshooting or FAQ or if you feel comfortable using their utilities, download SeaTools.
Hope this be of help to you. Good luck.
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I would try to uninstall the drive on the OS. Then re-start the computer. After the re-start, connect the drive and see if the drive re-installs itself.
If the error persists, then the drive is indicating failure. To absolutely verify if it has failed, take the drive to a store where there are MAC computers and try the drive on one of their computers to see if it works.
A continuous flashing LED on most devices where the LED does not normally continuously flash is an indication of a failure of the device. Some devices will flash an error code when designed to do so, and if possible.
1) Turn off your wireless router and unplug the external hard drive you want to make wireless.
2) Plug an Ethernet cable to the "Network-attached storage" device, and the
other end of the cable to an available Ethernet port on your wireless
3) Connect one end of the USB cable to the wireless router's available USB
port and the other end of the USB cable to your "External" hard drive.
4) Turn on the both the Wireless router and the External hard drive. Make sure that your Internet connection is still working.
5) Insert the installation CD and run it on your computer.
Follow the installation instructions and install any utilities related
to your external hard drive. There may be special utilities provided for
flash drives that are not needed for hard drives.
6) Create a login name and security password for the "NAS" device during
the setup process. When the installation process is completed, you will
now be able to use your external hard drive.
Since this external hard drive is USB powered and felt on the floor, you could have a broken USB connector or interface card, both located inside hard disk case, you should contact Seagate technical support or repair service, or if you have electronics skills, you could open and check hardware by yourself.
Check the partition size in Disk Management (if running Win7 - download a free Partition Manager if not) and see if the system is seeing the partition correctly. Seagate has recovery software available on their website but you may just have to repartition and reformat.