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Drive Failure ?!

I have the same problem, with the 500GB Pininfarina drive, however mine didn't even take a fall. It was plugged in to my notebook for about 2 days straight and suddenly on day 3, it stops working. I unplugged it and plugged it back in and the light keeps blinking and it wont recognize the drive. Tried on several PCs as well.

:( It sucks cause I had about 300GB of music, movies and porn on it.

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First check your usb cable is working properly.
Also check there is button on harddisk check it and press it .
Also remove usb drivers from device amanger then restart computer then it automatic install usb drivers.

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