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#1 RideTheLightning728

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 01:05 AM

Hey all!

I am currently trying to fix my friend's iomega 1TB external hard drive, but I am running into some problems. First off, the main problem is basically that it won't be picked up by the computer...well, sort of.

I plug it in to the computer, plug it into the wall, the light turns on, and nothing. It is making a weird clicking noise, which made me think it was totally dead. But then, for some strange reason, it randomly picked it up and started installing the drivers after about 10 minutes of it sitting. Strangely though, the light on the front of the drive had turned off. But, it's not in My Computer. It is in Device Manager, however, but it still does nothing when I try to update drivers.

I've heard that it might not be getting enough power and won't pick up, and that's what's causing the clicking, but I don't know. :huh:

I'm pretty sure that it's dead, but does anyone have any advise? My friend's counting on me!

Thanks! :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 08:00 AM

Remove it from the enclosure...try attaching it directly to the motherboard.

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 04:42 PM

Well, I'm kinda using a laptop, so that's pretty much outta the question.

Any other ideas?

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 05:22 PM

You don't know anyone with a desktop?

The test (is it recognized/readable) only takes a few seconds.

The problem (that I see) with a hard drive in an enclosure...potential points of failure have increased (external PS, drive, enclosure) for drive access/functionality.

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 04:01 AM

I had the same problem with one of my enclosures (cheap one). Just changed the enclosure and it worked.
However, I bought the drive and enclosure separately, so before you start disassembling the enclosure, double-check the drive is not in warranty because you may be able to exchange it.

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