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Solved: External HD not recognised

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  1. cloudburst7

    cloudburst7 Thread Starter

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    I have an LG 500GB external HD which I use to back up photos and so on.

    Today when I tried to connect it I got a message to say that the device was not recognised. Now it will not register at all - when I connect it to the PC (I have tried on 2 separate machines) the LED does not light, there is no sign of life from the HD.

    Is there anything I can try?

    I had been planning to buy a new one as an extra back up but was going to wait until after next pay day. Typical :(
     
  2. Macboatmaster

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    Some LG drives I think have the ability to connect with two usb cables one for power and one for data, designed that way to overcome the power limitations on a usb port

    You have not provided the model, but of course you will know if yours is one of these.

    As it does not work on another computer I would try another cable
    Then if it still does not work I would if it is possible take the drive out of the enclosure and connect it to a computer wither externally in another enclosure or dock or internally - presuming it is SATA no setting necessary if it is by any chance PATA, as slave of course if internal - either slave on jumper or cable select depending on connection.
     
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    Many thanks for replying. Yes, it did come with a Y shaped cable and also a very short connector. I've always used the short cable but today also tried with the other one. It still doesn't work but you've given me hope that at least the data can be recovered somehow.

    I will try another machine, another cable, and if still no luck will have a look at taking it out - or at least will ask someone else to try for me.

    Thanks again.
     
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    It may of course prove that the data has been corrupted but I would expect some result when you connected, even if the drive was not accesssible
     
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    cloudburst7
    Did you make any progress please
     
  6. cloudburst7

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    Hey, thanks and sorry for not responding sooner.

    Having tried various cables and various machines without success, I opened it up and have just connected it via a SATA/USB convertor and - it works!!! It is currently copying data across.

    I only bought the cable a week or so go to recover old photos from an old HD I had here but it's now proved itself doubly useful.

    Many thanks for the responses.
     
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    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Good news
    Pleased I was on the right line
    Mark your topic solved please by clicking on the mark solved button on your post

    Sorry seen you have done that now.
    Regards Hope all is OK
     
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