Annoying sound from laptop and external HD not recognized.

March 18, 2012 at 21:58:57
Specs: Windows 7
My Iomega 1TB hard drive is not being recongized on my laptop. The laptop keeps making this annoying sounds every minute saying USB not recognized, even when nothing is plugged. Please help, it is driving me up the wall.

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March 19, 2012 at 14:00:43
Make, model, age of laptop?

- Sound is what type of sound?
- Could have a failing HDD.
- Test other USB other devices on that same USB port, and other USB ports if applicable.
- Test the external HDD in another PC if you can.
- It is possible the USB slot (female connector) is bad, or the USB BUS on the motherboard is bad.
- You could have a bad USB cable.
- It is also possible (though rare) that the USB drivers have become corrupt somehow.
- Could be malware too.

I had a laptop on the bench several months ago that was beeping on & off with the Add device\Windows 7 tone. I ran hardware diagnostics as I thought maybe the HDD was failing. Everything checked out.

Then I ran anti-malware (MalwareBytes and EmsiSoft anti-Malware) and it found & cleaned out some malicious junk.....issue was resolved. I would have bet $50.00 it was a bad HDD...I would've lo$t.

MOOOOooove! OH and you're welcome!

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