Iomega hard drive won't turn on

Updated February 21, 2017

Iomega external hard drives are used for transferring data to and from a computer and keeping it safe. When your Iomega external hard drive isn't powering on properly, you will not be able to back up your data. Power issues with Iomega hard drives are usually caused by problems with the power cord. Before you send your hard drive off to Iomega for repair, try to troubleshoot the power issue and get your drive back up and running.

Use your fingers to feel around the power cable. Look it over and make note of any kind of breaks in the wiring. If you see any breaks in the wiring, do not plug the cable into the wall outlet. Replace the cable before using the drive.

Test the wall outlet or the power strip that you're using with your hard drive with a device that you know works.

Look at the pin on the back of the Iomega hard drive where the power adaptor meets the drive. Make sure that the small pin isn't bent or broken. If it is, send the hard drive out for repair.

Plug the power cord into the wall outlet or the power strip. Don't use any kind of extension cable with your hard drive.

Plug the USB cable into the back of the hard drive.

Connect the USB cable to the computer.

Flip on the power switch on the back of the Iomega hard drive.

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