Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Closed

Iomega 1TB External HDD - Clicking, Not Found, Dead?

Last response: in Storage
Share
March 27, 2009 8:23:18 PM

Good Afternoon,

I was curious if anyone has experience with these drives. I bought it just over a year ago, didnt catch it only carries a one year warranty versus the norm of 3/5 years. Everything has worked well expect last night while transferring data over the network it stops and gives me an error to the effect of 'You must format this drive before using it'. I clicked cancel and skip but the same problem arose. I removed the UBS connection, plugged back in, it recognized the drive and the same problem again. I then tried a different computer which it didnt find the drive at all. This time when I powered on, I could hear a faint repeticious clicking almost like when a record ends. I went back to the original computer where it quickly brought up Windows Explorer of the drive but the entire folder (which is around 40Gb of pictures) shows empty. I get the knot in the stomach feeling. Powered down, waiting around 15 minutes, plugged back in and the drive is not showing.

Now, there isnt a need to format being the same drive has been functional for a year. Being this unit is no longer under warranty and being it's 2 500Gb drives stacked using JBOD, I'm thinking to try to install each directly into the PC and see if they are recongnized.
March 27, 2009 10:03:26 PM

djtroz said:
Good Afternoon,

I was curious if anyone has experience with these drives. I bought it just over a year ago, didnt catch it only carries a one year warranty versus the norm of 3/5 years. Everything has worked well expect last night while transferring data over the network it stops and gives me an error to the effect of 'You must format this drive before using it'. I clicked cancel and skip but the same problem arose. I removed the UBS connection, plugged back in, it recognized the drive and the same problem again. I then tried a different computer which it didnt find the drive at all. This time when I powered on, I could hear a faint repeticious clicking almost like when a record ends. I went back to the original computer where it quickly brought up Windows Explorer of the drive but the entire folder (which is around 40Gb of pictures) shows empty. I get the knot in the stomach feeling. Powered down, waiting around 15 minutes, plugged back in and the drive is not showing.

Now, there isnt a need to format being the same drive has been functional for a year. Being this unit is no longer under warranty and being it's 2 500Gb drives stacked using JBOD, I'm thinking to try to install each directly into the PC and see if they are recongnized.


clicking generally indicates the death of the drive.
March 28, 2009 1:18:46 PM

That's my fear but I staying optimistic. I pulled the drives out of the external case, connected them both to the MB to SATA2 and SATA3 (DVD Drive is in SATA1). I now a have a new drive in My Computer which shows as empty and no properties available. I'm wondering if I have to undo the JBOD settings that were set when the manufacturer created the drive so they show as two disks instead of one... just not quite sure how to do it.
Related resources
August 8, 2009 12:52:54 PM

Any luck finding an answer to this. I am having the same problem.
August 8, 2009 1:37:48 PM

I did. I had to buy a different dual-drive external case. The kind I got was made by Eagle. It supports two SATA drives and auto-configures JBOD. Worked perfectly.
January 22, 2010 1:50:15 AM

djtroz said:
I did. I had to buy a different dual-drive external case. The kind I got was made by Eagle. It supports two SATA drives and auto-configures JBOD. Worked perfectly.


Hi,

I too am facing the same problem with the iomega 1tb hdd. I had nearly 900 GB of data on the both the drives.

I searched for the Eagle model you mentioned. So if I plug in both the iomega ard disks into the Eagle enclosure in JBOD mode, will it recognize the drives and the data stored on them?

I'd really appreciate if you could help out. I had years of my personal data, photos, work related on it, and I dont know what to do with the hdd.

Thanks.
Parv
April 7, 2010 4:03:36 AM

ppft said:
Hi,

I too am facing the same problem with the iomega 1tb hdd. I had nearly 900 GB of data on the both the drives.

I searched for the Eagle model you mentioned. So if I plug in both the iomega ard disks into the Eagle enclosure in JBOD mode, will it recognize the drives and the data stored on them?

I'd really appreciate if you could help out. I had years of my personal data, photos, work related on it, and I dont know what to do with the hdd.

Thanks.
Parv


Did this ever work for anyone for recovering data this way? What order do the drives need to be plugged in to even attempt this.
April 7, 2010 8:11:41 PM

I was able to recover my drives from a failed Iomega 2drive extrernal JBOD array by putting them in an Eagle 2 drive case set for JBOD. just plugged it in and was fine (mac journaled format), after all the days of researching and agonizing.. took all of 5 minutes to make the swap and i'm back in business. Fan is a bit louder then the iomega was but this is temp solution till i cna move the data off ($49 cost)
June 17, 2010 1:42:41 PM

The problem with these drives is the power supply unit - I have had several - all fail - change the psu and all is OK

By the way if you do take the disks out and install them in a PC the one disk will show itself as 1Gb and the other will appear unformatted

Just get another power supply (5V and 12v) and they will work

One other problem is that if the back of the case is held on with long screws (as some of mine were) then the internal fan will fail as one of the screws prevents the fan from turning!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
a b G Storage
December 17, 2010 2:00:12 PM

zoons said:
The problem with these drives is the power supply unit - I have had several - all fail - change the psu and all is OK

By the way if you do take the disks out and install them in a PC the one disk will show itself as 1Gb and the other will appear unformatted

Just get another power supply (5V and 12v) and they will work

One other problem is that if the back of the case is held on with long screws (as some of mine were) then the internal fan will fail as one of the screws prevents the fan from turning!!!!!!!!!



Thanks and good to hear. I have two of these drives and both failed suddenly. I have some edited films on them, which I did not back-up stupid enough and really need to get them off. What kind of new psu do you suggest?

Best regards, Milan
December 17, 2010 5:53:49 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey
!