Seagate External HDD Not detected on any computers

October 14, 2016 at 22:37:26
Specs: Windows 7
I have Seagate expansion plus 1 tb external disk and since two days ago the disk isnt detected on any computers ( i already tried it with two computers) and trying to change the cabble but nothing works but the lights is continously blinking for someminutes until it finally off... but my disk is still vibrating

Anyone can help me,my whole data are in that disk since my laptop internal disk is only 149 gb,Please help me

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October 14, 2016 at 23:11:23
It's not unknown for some Seagate housings to fail; the built in controller electronics or the usb "socket" itself being the usual points of failure.

Remove the drive from the housing and use a usb adapter cable system to connect the drive to a computer. I have one made by Startech which does the job nicely. Can be found on Amazon. you can then check the drive that way...

Presumably you regain access to drive's contents, copy critical data to dvd - perhaps two sets. Check they are accessible on at least one other working computer... Label and store safely. Check and update regularly.

Having dvd copies too ensures you won't lose critical data as the likelihood of two media/storage systems failing at the same time is pretty remote.

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October 15, 2016 at 04:56:48
Once the data is secured you can also make a copy onto a folder on a desktop machine so you have additional protection against loss.

The price of internal hard drives is not that high, even larger SSD drives has come down quite a bit recently so seriously consider replacing the internal drive with a larger one on that laptop machine and cloning over the drive to the new one. Depending on the software the drive company offers free, you may need to later expand the C Drive to the full size of the new drive or add a second partition for storage. This does not free you from having a second copy of all important files for a back up but it makes everything else easier to deal with.

You should always have at least two copies of important files, three if they are critical or irreplaceable.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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October 15, 2016 at 06:09:02
#trvlr : What did you mean remove the driver from housing?

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October 15, 2016 at 06:53:27
External drives are just a normal hard drive you can find in a computer, with a protective case and enough electronics to talk to the drive and the PC's USB. trvlr is suggesting you remove the drive from that case and use a different set of electronics to handle the communication from the now exposed drive and the PC.

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October 15, 2016 at 12:10:53
This is the Startech usb adapter I referred to:

You might need to search for a 3.5ins adapter, unless the drive you have is 2.5ins

The startech draws its power from the usb port. Some adapters provide and/or need an extenal power supply too.

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October 15, 2016 at 19:15:13
How to open your external drive:

Not for the impatient with 2 left hands... ;-)

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