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External Harddrive not recognized.

I have a Western Digital Harddrive, model WD5000AAJB Caviar SE, the 500GB model. It's only about a year old. I tested it when I first got it with my old laptop (A Dell 130B or something along those lines) It worked fine then. However I went away to college and didn't bring it with me. I came back home and got a new laptop (Dell Inspiron 1520) and now my computer won't recognize it. The Harddrive turns on, as well as the fan, so I know power is getting to it, however, the harddrive doesn't "Think." The R/W led light that used to come on when I connected the HD to the computer doesn't flash anymore, and my computer doesn't recognize it. I've tried plugging the HD into other computers - an HP PC, and two other Dell Laptops but no dice. Is there a way to force my computer to recognize it? Or just make it work in general?

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I just had a similar problem, but I see yours was posted in January. Don't know if you solved it or if you trashed the drive.
The drive itself is failing. No noises, no grinding, it just fails to be recognized by the computer. Not sure what can be done other than attempt to recover files with a software recovery system. I'm troubleshooting mine, so if you still have yours but don't want the hassle I'll take it off your hands! :-)
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Perhaps this new computer has usb 2.0 while the old dell was of older standards.check whether the external hdd supports usb 2.0,,if it do so,,buy a usb 2.0 cable and start using it.best of luck

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