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Maxtor One Touch II not working

I have had this extermal hard drive for less than a year. I store all of my photos on this hard drive. I have used it with a Mac G4. It has always worked great until now. All of a sudden when I plug it in, it is not showing on my desktop. The light on the hard drive shows. I have tried plugging it into other outlets. I have tried using other computers. I have tried using other firewire cords, and usb cords. Nothing works. I hope someone can help, as I need photos from this hard drive for a funeral THIS WEEK! HELP!

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Re: Maxtor One Touch II not working

I know it's too late but, did you try resetting the hard drive. Insert a pin through the little hole on the back of the drive.

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