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External Seagate GoFlex hard drive not recognized after being used as internal hard drive

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July 17, 2013 9:52:47 AM

Hi All ,
I was taking a backup of Windows 7 desktop PC when this happened......I had plugged my external Seagate Goflex 1TB hard drive ( after removing the usb 2.0 to sata converter ) into an internal SATA port for taking a quick backup of my system.The backup went smoothly using clonezilla. The drive was working fine till then.
The problem started when I pluggged the Seagate drive back into a usb port. I got an error message saying
" USB device not recognized - One of the USb device attached to this computer has malfunctioned and windows does not recognize it"
I tried the following steps from other posts in this website
1) When I checked the device manager , it had an unknown device with a yellow exclamation mark. I tried to update the drivers but it tells me that "The best driver for your hardware is already installed"
2) In Disk Management ,this device is not listed or shown without a drive letter assigned. Also, I uninstalled the driver and tried plugging it again...still no joy.
3) I tried plugging this device into another sytem, thei8r too , I got the same error message-USB Device not recognized.
If I try plugging this drive back into an internal sata port...it works fine and shows up.
I have run out of things to try out.... can we do something else or would I have to reinstall the OS :-(......thanks in advance.

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July 17, 2013 12:26:31 PM

Your system has a screw-up USB drivers or the Seagate GoFlex adapter is BAD...

B4 re-install the OS... I would take the GoFlex+HDD and plug to another system to see it works or not.

If it works then I would fix the USB thingy, worst case re-install the OS.
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July 17, 2013 7:42:52 PM

FireWire2 said:
Your system has a screw-up USB drivers or the Seagate GoFlex adapter is BAD...

B4 re-install the OS... I would take the GoFlex+HDD and plug to another system to see it works or not.

If it works then I would fix the USB thingy, worst case re-install the OS.


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July 18, 2013 5:21:20 AM

FireWire2 said:
Your system has a screw-up USB drivers or the Seagate GoFlex adapter is BAD...

B4 re-install the OS... I would take the GoFlex+HDD and plug to another system to see it works or not.

If it works then I would fix the USB thingy, worst case re-install the OS.


I had plugged the drive into a pc with a clean install of wndows but the same problem cropped up....so that means the GoFlex adapter has gone bad...too much time spent on reviving it :( ...but thanks for your help.
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May 15, 2014 10:19:21 PM

Change another adaptor on your computer and check again. Or change another computer to have a try.
If this drive can be read well on another computer, the problem could be caused by your computer.
But, if the drive can be read there, but gets some error messages, you may firstly rescue your data with data recovery tools like 4Card Recovery, Recuva, TestDisk, iCare Data Recovery Free and more.
And then, take any fixable actions to restore this drive.
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