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Simpletech External Hard Drive drivers. I need, dell, no, no

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Simpletech External Hard Drive drivers. I need
JA: What kind of computer do you have?
Customer: dell
JA: Have you installed any updates recently?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else you want the computer expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: no just that thank you
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

Dear Client,

I am sorry to hear about that problem. My name is***** am a computer expert with 17 years of experience and will help you as good as I can.

Can you please first let me know what the exact model of that hard drive is?

Please reply in the box below (there are no additional costs associated with this, you can reply as often as you wish).

Thanks for your patience and best regards,

Lorenz Vauck

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
250GB Bom no.96200-41001-075
Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** an USB hard drive?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
no
Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

What is it please? eSata?

Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

Because according to SimpleTech, it is USB 2.0.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Im sorry its a sinpletech 250gb
Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

And you connect it via USB, is that correct?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
by usb, no power cord
Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

Thank you. Did it ever work before and does it work right now at another computer? Because those drives do need no drivers...

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
it work for the last 2yr but today it didn't, I even try it laptop and don't work, maybe its time for a new one
Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

Yes, if it does not work on the other computer either, then it is defective, unfortunately :-( The controller most likely died. It would make sense to buy a new drive in that case. Do you need the data that is currently on the drive?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
but it can wait
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
thank you for your help
Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

I see, you could also try to buy a new empty external hard drive enclosure, possibly only the controller of the external enclosure is damaged and you can then simply put the hard drive into the new enclosure and access the data again. Should I look something up for you?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I just tap it and plug cord back in and its working good now
Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

Hehe, that is the good old trick, right? But, this does not sound very healthy though. What I´d do, now that you can access it, is to backup ALL the files on the drive to another location, because chances are high that it might not turn on once again... Do you need help with that or do you know how to do that?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
no but thank you again I have a seagat 1 tb im going to slid stuff over
Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

Yes, perfect, just copy everything over, chances are high that the drive will really fail completely later on, if it already acts like that. Is there anything else I can do for you please? Was I able to help you?

Expert:  Lorenz Vauck replied 7 months ago.

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Thank you very much and best regards,

Lorenz Vauck