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External crashes any computer connected to it

I was in mid download of portal in steam when steam crashed, so i left it to see if it would come back or not when i realized it was making this chirping sound and my computer didn't recognize it anymore. I turned it off and unplugged it. A few minutes later i tried to restart my computer with the external on but my computer never booted up windows. So then i tried just plugging it into my lap top and it crashed as soon as i turned on the drive. Same thing happened on my desktop as well. Can someone tell me what happened and even better a way to fix it would be greatly appreaciated.

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Extract the drive from the case. The drive and/or enclosure has failed. place the drivein a known good working enclosure and keep moving. what computer is your main system?

Keep me posted.

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