Iomega Ext Hard Drive LDHD250-U

Phillip February 1, 2009 at 06:58:19
Specs: Windows XP Pro
Uses Usb cable detected this morning now it just keeps running the auto detect sequence and nothing. Took drive out of case it is a Seagate Barracuda ST3250823A 7200.8 250 Gig.
Connected it as a secondary drive and it just
keeps clicking and still not recognized? Can I purchase the same type drive and swap discs or is there a better solution?

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February 1, 2009 at 07:14:46
You probably could install another drive into the enclosure. However, you need to evaluate why the current drive has failed. If the enclosure is small, made of plastic and there are no cooling fans then overheating may be what killed the drive.

The drive may still be under warranty anyway.

If this is an enclosure with NO external AC power supply then you may want to consider replacing it with one that does use AC power and has a fan.

The smaller, self contained units are designed for occasional use. If you have it connected always it can overheat.

One other thing to consider. Iomega does not make hard drives. Buy a unit from a company that actually makes the hard drives. They are more likely to build a unit that is designed to not overheat.

Finally, only use external drives for a second copy of your files. Not the ONLY copy.

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February 1, 2009 at 13:21:03
You shouldn't double post.

I just realized you may be asking if you can swap the PLATTERS from one drive (disk) to another. While some claim to have done this successfully the odds are against you.

First of all the drive may have mechanically damaged the platters. If that hasn't happened then you would need to get the same exact model drive. Just because the model number is the same doesn't mean the insides are the same.

Finally, the heads need to be precisely aligned and you can't do that yourself. So if you needed to remove the heads you might get the drive back together but it wouldn't work right.

Professional recovery service may be your only option. You have learned the importance of backing up your files.

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