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Maxtor Mini 9NX2DC-500 not working

My Maxtor Mini HD was working fine after purchase, connection, formatting and loading with files. Accessibility OK too.
Then after a few months I noticed it was beeping three times when I boot up the computer. Still working though. Then I defragged my main HDD and decided to defrag the Mini while I was at it.
At completion of defrag a box came up telling me that some files were corrupt or deleted but when I looked I couldn't access any files on the drive. It appeared to be empty. Left as is for another time to investigate, but then one day when booting up, the Mini was beeping continuously and couldn't be accessed at all. My computer was also booting to the desktop stage and then restarting itself. Disconnected the Maxtor Mini and solved that problem. Why did defragging stuff up the working Maxtor and what can I do now to get it going? I just want to get it running so that I can reformat it and start again. I don't remember that it came with a software disk and I looked in my carefully preserved pack of software disks and don't have one, so I'm confident that I never had one. I was also running it from a 4 port hub, one (data) plug there, and the other (power) plug to a USB port on the back of the computer case. Still under warranty but I don't want to return it due to personal material (nothing illegal, just personal) on it. Thanks heaps for any advice guys and gals!

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