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Seagate External Hard Drive Not Recognized.

by madmaxxtwo / February 7, 2010 11:31 AM PST

Hi, I have a Seagate 1TB external hard drive which is not been recognized by my PC. When I plug it in the green light at the front just flashes and the motor inside doesn`t even seem to be running. I have checked in disk management but it doesn`t appear in there either. I have also tried to use my hard drive on other computers but it still does not work. Any help would be great, cheers, Richard.

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Is it still under warranty ?
by VAPCMD / February 7, 2010 12:15 PM PST

Have an data on it you need and don't have elsewhere ?


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Is it Stil under warranty?
by madmaxxtwo / February 8, 2010 4:22 AM PST

Yeah it is still under warranty, but I need the data that is on there.

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To get the data out, we'll void the warranty.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 8, 2010 8:54 PM PST

Your choice.

The usual is to pull the drive out of the housing (this kills the warranty) and try it on some other good case or cable. I use one of these ->

Some can't bring themselves to do that but it all comes down to "are my files worth this much?"

Next time, keep backup copies.

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To get the data out, we'll void the warranty.
by madmaxxtwo / February 9, 2010 1:28 AM PST

Well I think it might actually be the plug!i`v been looking through a few other forums and that seems to be the case sometimes!If that is not the cause I will take the drive out of it`s housing. The whole of me buying the external hard drive was to make back up copies!So what do you reckon,I buy two in case the other fails!madness!lol

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So no loss?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2010 1:31 AM PST

"The whole of me buying the external hard drive was to make back up copies!"

I read your reply but maybe you were using this as STORAGE which is not safe as we learned. If it was a back up copy then the original is safe and ready to be copied again.

However the lesson is that we need no less than 3 copies to stay in a state of backup. This lesson is often learned the hard way.

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