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Seagate 500Gb Portable hard disk creates beeping sound

Last response: in Storage
January 21, 2013 4:12:07 PM

My seagate hard drive just beeps and my computer is not recognizing it. I have tried to connect with other cables and to another computer with no luck. HELP!!
a b G Storage
January 21, 2013 5:10:47 PM

If it's kind of a whining beep that sort of sounds similar to something trying to spin up but failing... Then that's exactly what is happening.

The sad truth is that external HDDs tend to have very short lives, because they get kicked around a lot, no matter how gingerly you think you are being with them.

There's always a small chance that it's the enclosure that's bad, so you can try pulling the drive out and putting it into a new enclosure, but it sounds like in this case it's the drive that's done died on you.