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Computer not recognizing my Maxtor hard drive

I have had no problems with my Maxtor 80GB hard drive but suddenly my computer no longer recognizes the drive.
When I click on 'My computer' it takes a long time for the drive icons to appear. The Maxtor light is flashing. When the icons finally appear, the Maxtor drive icon does not.
When I turn off the Maxtor drive, there is no problem with 'My Computer'.
The Maxtor drive is recognized in the 'removable disk' icon at the bottom of the screen. When I click on it, I get the message that it can't be removed as it is being used by another program.
Any suggestions?
Andrew

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Andrew, That Maxtor drive sounds like it has finally died on you and being just an 80 gig drive means its really old. The systems failure to read the drive as your booting up is what's causing the long boot delay as the system will see the controller board of the drive, but your spindle motor on that drive is most likely dead and there fore you will not be able to access or read any of your data stored on that drive. Hope you had backups of important files.

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If it fails to show up on another computer, it's dead. When you finish kicking yourself for failing to back it up, you can take it to a shop and ask them to pull the actual HDD out of the case and try to mount it with a different adapter. (This is more or less what ikkenom suggested, but your machine may not have the proper connectors.) If you're really lucky, they'll discover that the drive is readable, and they can transfer your files to a new HDD. You will then go home and BACK UP those files, right?

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