External harddrive failure?

January 20, 2009 at 22:30:51
Specs: Windows Xp Pro, 1.8ghz/ 512 mb
I bought a 80 bg harddrive and it runs fine for a while, but then sometimes I will boot my computer and it wont see its there, the hard drive says its plugged in (green light instead of orange) but if I go to my computer to open it.. its not. At this time, whenever I unplug the cord for my harddrive from the computer, i lose internet. But it comes right back again.. ANY IDEAS?

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#1
January 21, 2009 at 05:50:52
Your post is confusing. Are you using an External USB connection? Is it an enclosure? With or without AC power?

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#2
January 21, 2009 at 10:41:46
Sorry, Im writing with one hand right now... surgery.

I have an external, usb connected, ac powered, 80 gb hard drive.

Some days it will run fine, some days it will not show up in my computer. even though it is connected properly and it has a green light (plugged in) as opposed to a orange light (powered but not connected)

on the days this happens, if i try to unplug or power it down, i lose my internet connection, im using wireless. But it comes right back when i click on "repair connection"

this is getting very annoying as i store most of my programs on it. Any ideas on how i can fix it?

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#3
January 21, 2009 at 11:02:08
Kinda sounds to me like it 'might' be a problem with the external box controller. If this is a desktop, is there any chance that you could remove the drive from the box and hook up the drive internally?

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#4
January 21, 2009 at 11:28:34
no, i have a
Dell Optiplex 260 and it only has one harddrive slot... hence the external case ^^

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#5
January 21, 2009 at 11:46:36
Can't put it in an open 5" slot, on the bottom of the case, or even outside with the cables connected internally?

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#6
January 21, 2009 at 12:01:29
nope, i cant

it recognises the case i just found out ^^ but it doesnt recognise the drive in it.

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#7
January 21, 2009 at 12:05:46
Look for the drive in Disk Management.

If I understand you correctly you have NO BACKUPS. That is asking for trouble.

You should ALWAYS have at least TWO copies of any files you want to keep.

If you have a CD/DVD burner in your computer you can write files to a CDR or DVDR disk and those should be much safer.

Sounds like your 80GB external may be failing. Post back what you find in Disk Management.


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#8
January 21, 2009 at 12:17:30
I find nothing at all in Disk Management... one of the first places I looked...

I do have back ups, just without that 80 gb I have nowhere to put them...

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#9
January 21, 2009 at 12:31:01
"it recognises the case i just found out ^^ but it doesnt recognise the drive in it."

Just because the case controller is recognized, don't assume that the controller is completely functional.

You could try reseating the connections inside the external box, and make sure the drive is spinning when power is connected.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#10
January 21, 2009 at 13:05:22
I have tried both of those... it spins.. and
it is all securly/ properly attached.

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#11
January 21, 2009 at 13:12:56
Is the external enclosure AC powered?

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#12
January 21, 2009 at 13:21:56
Yes it is, and the ac adaptor works. It is
receiving power.

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#13
January 21, 2009 at 13:53:25
When you do see the external drive where do you see it? In My Computer? Do you have a safely remove icon in the tray by the clock?

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#14
January 21, 2009 at 14:36:01
I see it in my computer, and the Safely
Remove Icon

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