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I NEED HELP with my external harddrive

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October 26, 2013 8:37:16 AM

My Hard Drive is a Retail Plus 500 GB(465 with formmatting blahblahblah) and I run it on windows 7 home premium.Usually it runs great.But today when i plugged it in nothing happened.Literally NOTHING.The harddrive didnt vibrate,and the laptop didnt recognize it either

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October 26, 2013 10:10:43 AM

Why is this posted in the memory section?

If it isn't spinning up, it is either not receiving enough power, the PCB attached to the hard drive is damaged or it has mechanically failed. Try on a different USB port, and on a different machine. Try using it with a different USB cable, and try on a powered USB hub. Sometimes a laptop doesn't provide quite enough current to get the drive spinning, so try on a desktop PC if possible.

As hard drives wear the mechanical motors that spin the platters become worn and inefficient - do you hear any noises coming from the enclosure? I have one external that is old and worn out, and will only spin-up if positioned vertically, or if I gently rock it back and forth.
October 26, 2013 1:24:24 PM

Actually I have only had my hard drive for about 1 yr. when i plug it in now the computer vibrates but not the hardrive