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Its making a really sick grinding or static sound and it will not connect to my laptop no more i have 300 gigs of music on it am i screwed

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The hard drive is about to die. only thing to do is to try and down to a new drive . Any important data should be backed up to another drive . and you won't have this problem. There are data recovery people that may be able to help, but get a quote as it cost a lot of money.

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