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External drive not showing up at all

Ok, My family has a eMac, right? well we have a SATA external Lacie hard drive. well it works fine on this computer. The other day I built my own PC with Vista with SP 1. When I plug the LaCie into my computer to move my stuff from the other computer (music, videos, etc) it doesn't show up. please help

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    I use windows, and it suddenly stopped working. I opened it and found nothing unusual, but it is not a power problem, it just isn't connecting with the computer. I am not too crazy about fixing it, i just want to get the content off of it.

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I was working with (easy hard lock) and than i lock my external hard drive
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(the program said dont lock external hard drive but i did i didnt know that )

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