External hard drive suddenly gone crazy

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I use a USB hub with my laptop, which has only two USB 1.0 ports. Until recently, I had a hub into which I had two USB plugs from a Seagate external 40 GB hard drive, a scanner, a printer, and an external floppy drive. I noticed the laptop suddenly didn't recognize the external drive. I got a new, a4-port USB hub. The backup drive worked briefly, until I released it and plugged it into different ports, because of the length of the cords of the other items. The external hard drive began to flash and make loud clicking noises, but it's NOT recognized by the laptop. Any ideas as to the problem?
ASKED: November 11, 2008  4:00 AM
UPDATED: November 2, 2011  8:12 AM

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You may be missing the driver for the external hard drive. The easiest way for you to find the most recent driver is to search google for “[model name of HD] driver” and going on whatever result you get linking you to the company’s website. If you are using windows xp, you can click start, right click my computer, click manage. On the new window, locate Device Manager and click it. Expand the lists until you find your external HD, most likely with a symbol to the right of it (showing the driver is missing/out of date). Double click the external hard drive, go on the driver tab in the new window, and click update driver. When asked, select search for driver automatically and let windows do the work of reinstalling the driver for you.

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Loud or any strange noise coming from the hard disk drive or external hard disk obviously indicates a hardware failure. Unfortunately, you cannot recover any important files on that storage device if it failed to function. The best thing you can do is to carefully determine if there is really problem with your external hard disk drive before concluding anything.

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  • Raswoker
    This was a great answer, because i couldn't even find my external HD on my new PC. However, I still can't find where I get Windows 7 to recognize the external drive. All my data is on it, and I can't get to it! Help!
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