Question about Seagate FreeAgent Pro - 500GB, 7200 RPM, USB 2.0, eSATA, External 500 GB Hard Drive
I had this hard disk for few month. its works fine. but last few day it give out low beep sound and try on a few pc also can not detect it. its still under warranty. but there is important data that i need. how to open up the case without breaking it?
I am so happy to say that i HAD the exact same problem.
Its an issue with the drive disk itself. Long story short because i dropped the drive the the disk was no longer able to spin fast enough to start the drive (the beeping sound actually being the disk trying to start spinning.
After spending literally the last 4-5 hours looking for a solution I found a unusual method that basically either works, or it doesn't there's no it kind of works. what you need to do is unplug the drive, then plug it back in and start Vigorously spinning it whilst keeping the drive horizontal (similar to what you would do when your unscrewing a light bulb).
You have to try and do so simultaneously with the beep and it should "kick start" the drive (AND OBVIOUSLY DON'T LET THE WIRE DROP OUT AS YOUR SPINNING IT AS YOUR COMPUTER WONT RECOGNISE IT IF ITS NOT PLUGGED IN).
I Know this method sounds far fetched but put it this way, 15mins ago I was working out how im gonna get hundreds of pounds to restore this drive, Now, i've just finished copying my informations onto a laptop from the drive so i can take this piece of plastic **** back to the shop :D.......
Never again Seagate and Thank God for letting me find a solution.
Posted on Jan 24, 2011
I was plugging mine into a USB hub and getting a repeated beeping noise and nothing else. I then plugged it directly into my laptap USB ports and it worked fine. Seems to be a power issue.
Posted on Apr 26, 2008
I have two seagate external hard drives and with both I have ran into this "beeping" issue. With both cases I had to switch around cables or set the hard drives in the dock that came with them. It is definitely a power issue between different usb cables.
Posted on Feb 23, 2010
It's a hosed HD. Seagate's OEM drives are now maxtor and Maxtor's had the 'chirp' for a while whenever the drive can't spin up. I took mine apart & put it in another enclosure, it still beeps (hard drive itself). There's one chip (Texas Instruments chip - 980 L / SH69608 E / 77ADRKT / GY) that gets really hot. I called Seagate's Support (India) and they confirmed that a chirping HD is bad and should be returned to them.
Posted on Apr 24, 2008
Same problem: Seagate 320Gb expansion portable drive. Not seen by Windows a low beeping noise.
Having reviewed above solutions, I tried (a) a new power adaptor, (b) connection to other laptops (c) other USB ports, (d) a new USB cable. No resolution with a-c, but solved the problem witb d and am back in business.
Surprising as this was a the cable that came with the device (shorter than others, ~12" long), has not been abused and barely even used.
Posted on Jul 08, 2010
This is probably not the best advice and it's definitely not very technical. But I figured since mine was essentially broken anyway, what did I haveto lose that I didn't think was already lost?
Mine started beebing and my computer stopped recognising it after I has accidentally tripped on the cord and it had dropped to the floor from my kitchen table. So i dropped it to the floor again and it started to make that whirring noise and the green light started to flash and it showed up on my PC again.
Now I'm not necessarily suggesting this as a good solution. I'm just saying that it worked for me.
Posted on Aug 24, 2011
Mine was making the same sound...It seems the reader wasen't able to start.
What i've did :
1. open the top of hard drive.
2. drag the reader back in it's offline position.
3. put the hard in a pc and power it up.
The hard drive started to work fine again.Put the top back , but try not to screw it back that hard...
Posted on Dec 11, 2010
I have a seagate freeagent and its making a low beeping noise.I pulled the power cable out whilst the pc was on and have done that before without any problems so I reading the threads here and winder if its a power issue meaning the 12v power cable is corrupt or could it be the hard drive and the disk is not spinning.I am going to ask where i got it from as i need the data stored Its got all my bac k up darn i cant beleive this.Now i guess you need two backs lol..Ridiculous
Posted on May 01, 2010
I had two 7200.7 80GB Seagate SATA's in a Raid formation that crashed sometime ago. Stored them for a later date to see if I could recover the photos at some time in the future.
Recently tried to review the drives through an externally powered USB adapter. Drives "chirped" (or "beeped", depending on your perspective). Changed from a 2A power supply to a 2.5A power supply and hey presto, pc can see them. Not sure I am any closer to recovery though - the only file is something called "[.shellc.las" - presumably a Promise format file?
Posted on Feb 04, 2010
Ok here goes, my neighbour has the Seagate FreeAgent Desk 500GB, and in under 2 weeks it started to beep and was not reconized by any Laptop or P.C. if this is the same for you with any FreeAgent Desk series ( not GO series, different procedure for GO products). You maybe in luck click this link, you may have to register in the forums to view thread.... http://www.yo-lid.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=84 hope this helps Ytee.
Posted on Aug 16, 2010
Plug into another USB port which worked for me. Beep Stopped There is some different in the USB port. (May be the one which beeps supports different USB version ). I found this because the same hard disk was working fine with my Dell Laptop
Posted on May 31, 2010
I have two Seagate 160 USB/Fireware drives which I use on my job. I know it is not the same device as mentioned in this post. One of them started to have a very soft repetitive beep. It turned out to be the power adapter. I was able to isolate the issue to that component by switching the USB cable, power cords and power adpater used by the two devices. In one of my searches to resolve the issue, a solution mentioned not enough power to the drive. I can not determine if there is not enough or too much power from the adapter. In either case the issue is power to the drive.
Posted on Jun 03, 2009
Mine was a USB cable issue - thanks "dldesigns". Swapped the cable, mounted right up. Must not have been getting enough power. I have several differnet USB cables lying around from drives, cameras even an old cell phone. Guess I'll have o mark which one works with the Seagate Drive.
Posted on Feb 04, 2012
I got a 1.5 seagate external hardrive i have the same problem mine its making that noise when the ac is conected, i dont know what to do, cause i really need those documents, and i have it for a 1 day at best buy:( then it crash
Posted on Jul 08, 2010
New terabyte seagate internal HD keeps beeping after setting the bios for my lan party nf4 mother board. i think my power source is only 2.0A.it doesnt turn on cantget back into bios either!help!!! please any1
Posted on Apr 08, 2010
The thing is, that they do not want you to open the unit, so they make them to where it's near impossible to open without breaking it. Unless you've done it before, and know what you're doing, I wouldn't recommend it. There are many places that do data recovery for a lot less than what Seagate wants. They are still expensive, but considerably less than $1700. Google data recovery, and get some estimates.
Posted on Aug 15, 2008
try to re-install the driver then plug it if that comes with no result u just try what the mate said google data recovery cuz i ve seen one of those hard disks its impossible to open the case without breaking it!!! they have the advantage to tell u that price but try google data recovery that is the best solution we recommand
Posted on Aug 15, 2008
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