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Old June 15 2013, 04:15 PM   #16
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Re: External Hard Drive Won't Work

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Original post said the new hard drive was tried on three different computers.
No. He said he did that with the existing one. When he got the new one, he didn't say he tried it in other computers as well. THAT is what I wanted to confirm, so we can see if it's doing the same thing. If so... I'm starting to wonder if he might have a virus, because this is too much of a coincidence.

Seagate had a period of screwing up, coinciding with their acquisition of Maxtor (a failed hard disk company). They have gotten much better. I'm using one of their SSD+HDD hybrid drives and it's terrific.

See if you can download the manual for your external HDD and check the troubleshooting section. There may be something you've overlooked.
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Old June 15 2013, 07:16 PM   #17
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I did try the new one on a second computer.... still didn't work. I'm just gonna return it and buy a different brand...
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Old June 16 2013, 01:46 AM   #18
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Oh fine. The one I bought back in April was a Seagate. I'm guessing I can expect it to die around Febuary?

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Old June 17 2013, 11:54 AM   #19
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Re: External Hard Drive Won't Work

Any possibility that a malfunctioning USB port could trash the drive electronics (probably the USB-SATA bridge rather than the drive controller), which would lead to the drive not working on other systems? I've seen this happen when using a dual voltage supply where the 5V and 12V lines got swapped. USB is 5V only, of course.
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Old June 18 2013, 12:07 AM   #20
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Yaaaaaay I returned it with no problem. Now to buy a non-Seagate one!
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Old June 23 2013, 01:48 AM   #21
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Update: I bought a 2gig WD My Book External Drive for $100... and it worked! Immediately! So Seagate was just a POS
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Old June 23 2013, 09:17 AM   #22
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Yeah, WD all he way for me as well.
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Old June 24 2013, 06:11 AM   #23
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Re: External Hard Drive Won't Work

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Update: I bought a 2gig WD My Book External Drive for $100...
That sounds really expensive.
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Old June 24 2013, 11:36 PM   #24
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Re: External Hard Drive Won't Work

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Update: I bought a 2gig WD My Book External Drive for $100...
That sounds really expensive.
Should be able to buy a 2GB thumb drive for a tenth of that!

I know. Probably meant 3TB
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Old June 25 2013, 01:39 AM   #25
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ah, yes! 2 terabytes!
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