Seagate external HDD does not open

By pete2444 ยท 6 replies
Jan 27, 2013
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  1. We have a Seagate 9SEAN3-500E that connects to the computer but wont open when we click on the drive. We can see it connects but nothing opens. Also when we plug it in, the computer freezes. How can we fix this please?
  2. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 29

    Is it a new drive? Also if it is a older drive have you tried another computer?
  3. pete2444

    pete2444 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Its new and we have tried many computer
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    If it doesn't have anything valuable, just RMA the drive. If it does.. see about booting from a live linux disc and seeing if you can access the drive that way, or perhaps a recovery disc that runs a WinPE environment.
  5. pete2444

    pete2444 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Thanks I'll give it a try
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

  7. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +243

    I have no idea what class this Seagate 9SEAN3-500E is.
    have you tried using the computer's motherboard usb ports instead of the front panel usb ports?

    as far as my experience with Seagate hdd (internal) will tell, Seagate disc wizard for windows (or bootable Seagate disc wizard) can initialize these drives so that the computer can properly handle them for additional storage or for OS installation.
    (free to use, available to download from

    the 4-y.o.+ 320gb Seagate external hdd I own is automatically recognized by any of my computers.
    (windows vista home premium x86, windows 7 home premium x64, windows 8 pro x64)

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