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Ext. Hard drive no longer recognised by computer operating on XP

Just today I discovered that my Maxtor External Hard Drive (1TB) is no longer working. At first I thought the adapter was broken. The green light still turns on when usb cable is plugged but when ''my computer icon'' is clicked and opened, the drive does not appear.

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Your file system on the drive might be corrupt along with all the data on the drive. You can try to download data recovery software or try the drive on a different computer. I hope this helped solve your problem.

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Check in the device manager to make sure the drivers are still there.

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