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If it still has a valid warranty, exercise the warranty to get a free replacement.
Otherwise, open the enclosure, and separate the disk-drive from the USB-to-disk-drive adapter, and connect the disk-drive as a 'slave' disk-drive in a desktop computer, to see if the adapter was the problem.
okay, I had this issue with my acomdata 500GB. today I decided to open up the drive to see if I could remove it and restore the data. after unscrewing all six screws (4 on the front and 2 small ones on the side, you'll need two different phillips, a large one and small one), I looked inside. first I registered the driver inside (it's a Western Digital) in case I needed to get it replaced. sure enough, it was still under warantee, even though the enclosure/driver kit is not (acomdata warantee runs out after a year for this model). but I noticed a slippage on the mangnetic copper film strip right above the USB port entry. it was slightly falling off the edge of the port. so I just fixed it, not thinking much of it, it just didn't "look" right. then I had a thought to plug it back in. driver now works again! I am about to recover my files and then test unplugging it to see if this repair "sticks".
I opened up the harddrive and noticed that the copper magnetic film strip right above the USB port entry was lifted from the metal. I pressed it down and plugged the drive back in and it worked.
you just have to unscrew the drive on the 4 front side and two small ones on the side using two different phillips. then make sure and register the Western Digital drive inside because it has a seprate warantee. my acomdata is already out of warantee but if the drive ever fails again, I can have it replaced by Western Digital until 2011.
how do I fix my external hard drive, because one day I turned it on and the drive was fine, the next day when I turned it on, it kept on flashing blue, does that mean that the drive is dead. Please help me with this.