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I am trying to access my hard drive, and it is not working. I have plugged it in, and the blue light comes on, blinks, and shuts off. What is wrong? Does it have to charge?

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No it draws power through the USB port. Try it on another computer, if it doesnt show there either, then you may have a bad device.

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