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Dead Harddrive I need help... My hard drive had been working fine until last week. I turned it on and nothing happened! Nothing. It is plugged in, all connections are connected as normal...but it is not turning on at all. I tried it at a different computer at a different location, and still nothing. Any ideas on what I should do?? Of course, it is my ultimate back up. ALL my pics, music, important documents... please help!

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Re: Dead Harddrive

Hi, sounds like your board on the hard drive is gone, only thing you can do is get a old hard drive the same and take the board off there and replace it, or send it away to the maxtor, western digital etc depending the make and they can take your photos off for a price aint sure how much. All the best John

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