My friend has given me an external hard drive to try to fix for them, which has stopped showing up on their computer (shortly after they plugged it into a work computer, not sure if this is relevant).
When I plugged it in to my PC it won’t show up in My Computer; similarly it will not show up in Device Manager or the Disk Manager either. I’ve tried to use File Recovery Software as well, which also fails to detect the drive.
When I plug in the drive’s power cable and USB cables, a light on the drive blinks at a rate of about 3 blinks per second continually (for over an hour at least). The drive makes some quiet ‘spinning’ noises when plugged in but stops after about 10 seconds.
I’ve tried multiple power and USB cables and plugged it into multiple USB ports, and get the same result. So it’s definitely something wrong with the hard drive.
The drive is a 1TB drive of some sort. It has no external screws so I can’t open it.
I’m using Win7.
I’ve read through the Sticky FAQ on this forum and have tried all of the steps to no avail. Any explanation of what may be the cause would be much appreciated (even if there’s no solution, I’m just curious). I assumed that since the light still turns on, that the hard drive has some signs of life, though the steps outlined in the FAQ indicate it has complately failed.
Thanks in advance.